Lunchtime Movie Review

Alien (1979)

Episode #142

Twentieth Century Fox released Alien to theaters on June 22, 1979. Ridley Scott directed the film starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt.

Alien Movie Summary

In a world where vile, evil men rule the known galaxy, comes a tale of horror on an epic scale. Our film begins, out in the depths of space, aboard a commercial ship called Nostromo. It’s on a steady course back to Earth with twenty million tons of cargo in tow. The onboard computer abruptly awakens the seven-member crew in order to investigate a transmission coming from a nearby planet.

Since they are corporate minions with the freedom of a Walmart greeter, they do as they are told. Their greedy bosses placing their meager lives in danger. Captain Dallas, played by Tom Skerritt, leads a three-person group to investigate the signal on the mysterious planet along with executive officer, Kane, and ship navigator, Lambert. I think the science officer was still sipping his morning coffee back in the cantina. A navigator is a better choice to wear the Star Trek redshirt than a science officer any day, right?

Anyhow, Dallas, Kane, and Lambert discover that the signal is coming from a derelict alien spacecraft. Inside it, they find the remains of a large alien creature whose ribs appear to have exploded outward from the inside. Apparently the Alien must have had Taco Bell.  Meanwhile, the Nostromo’s computer partially deciphers the signal transmission, which Warrant Officer Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, determines to be some type of warning not to go inside the ship. Oops!

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Twentieth Century Fox released Alien to theaters on June 22, 1979. Ridley Scott directed the film starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt.

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  1. The scene with Dallas being cocooned if kept in would have contradicted Aliens since there were no other aliens or eggs onboard in Alien, how could Dallas have a chestburster in him? Plus I think the dialogue and script implies he’s evolving into something else not that another alien is inside him. Cameron obviously was influenced by this scene, but took it to another direction in Aliens(with the queen etc)
    This podcast is really old! Recorded before Prometheus even came out.

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