A Big-Screen Sci-Fi Presentation
at Friday Night Movies:
Friday the 30th of April
Hosted by Wayne & Brent in Lynn
Pot luck supper @ 7pm
Movie @ 8pm
We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly.
--Newt (Carrie Henn)
USA: 1986 -- Directed by James Cameron
Written by author
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser,
and Bill Paxton
God damn it, that's not all! Because if one of those things gets down here then that will be all! Then all this - this bullshit that you think is so important, you can just kiss all that goodbye!
--Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley
Aliens is one of the few cases of a sequel that far surpassed the
original. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who awakens on Earth only to
discover that she has been hibernating in space so long that everyone she
knows is dead. Then she is talked into traveling (along with a squad of
Marines) to a planet under assault by the same aliens that nearly killed
her. Once she gets there, she finds a lost little girl who triggers her
maternal instincts--and she discovers that the company has once again
double-crossed her, in hopes of capturing one of the aliens to study as a
military weapon. Directed and written by James Cameron, this is one of the
most intensely exciting (not to mention intensely frightening) action films
ever, with a large ensemble cast that includes Bill Paxton, Lance
Henriksen, Paul Reiser, and Michael Biehn. Weaver defined the action woman
in this film and walked away with an Oscar nomination for her trouble. --Marshall
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Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a 10-mm M41A pulse rifle with over-and-under 30-mm pump action grenade launcher.
Won Oscars for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Effects
Nominated for Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sigourney
Weaver), Best Art/Set Direction, Best Editing, Best Original Score and Best
Won Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Special Effects,
Best Director (James Cameron), Best Actress (Carrie Henn), Best Supporting Actor (Bill
Paxton), Best Supporting Actress (Jenette Goldstein), Best Performance by a Younger Actor
(Carrie Henn), and Best Writing
Ranks #53 on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies
Ripley: Get away from her, you *bitch!*
Hudson: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?
Vasquez: No. Have you?
Apone: All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in
bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a
day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every
formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!
Hudson: Is this gonna be a standup fight, sir, or another bughunt?
Gorman: All we know is that there's still no contact with the colony,
and that a xenomorph may be involved.
Frost: Excuse me sir, a-a what?
Gorman: A xenomorph.
Hicks: It's a bughunt
All of the cast who were to play the Marines (with the exception of
Michael Biehn, who replaced James Remar one week into filming) were trained
by the S.A.S. (Special Air Service, Britain's elite special operations
unit) for two weeks before filming. Sigourney Weaver, Paul Reiser, and
William Hope didn't participate/attend the training because director James
Cameron felt it would help the actors create a sense of detachment between
the three and the Marines - the characters these three actors played were
all outsiders to the squad
Sigourney Weaver had initially been very hesitant to reprise her role as
Ripley, and had rejected numerous offers from Fox Studios to do any
sequels, fearing that her character would be poorly written, and a sub-par sequel
could hurt the legacy of the original film. However, she was so impressed
by the high quality of James Cameron's script - specifically, the strong
focus on Ripley, the mother-daughter bond between her character and Newt,
and the incredible precision with which Cameron wrote her character, that
she finally agreed to do the film.
In an interview, composer James Horner felt that James Cameron had given
him so little time to write a musical score for the film, he was forced to
cannibalize previous scores he had done, . Horner stated that the tensions
with Cameron were so high during post-production that he assumed they would
never work together again. However, Cameron loved the score from Braveheart
(1995) so much, the two mutually agreed that Horner would write the score
for Titanic (1997), because it was a story they both wanted to do. They've
let bygones be bygones ever since, especially when they won their Oscars
for Titanic (1997) and collaborated again 12 years later for Avatar (2009).
Continuity: When the queen grabs the loader in the final fight scene,
she topples it over first smashing the yellow rotating beacon light on the
top then pulling it in the airlock, but when the loader is shown in the air
lock the light is undamaged and operating.
Continuity: When Burke, Ripley and Lt. Gorman first enter the colony
building, they pass through the pouring rain outside and get soaking wet. A
few seconds later, inside the building, their clothes and Ripley's hair are
Factual errors: Burke clearly states to Ripley after her "unusually
long hyper-sleep" that she will be "reinstated as a flight
officer" if she agrees to go back to LV-426 and help to
"completely wipe them out" (the aliens). Yet, she is outranked by
Corporal (E-4) Hicks after Ripley states, "this operation is under
military jurisdiction, and Hicks is next in the chain of command, am I
right?" In the military, no enlisted person outranks an officer.