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The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion that sets the stage for its stunning sequel, "Aliens."
2003 DIRECTOR'S CUT
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.
New York Daily News
This is a screamingly spooky sci-fi tale with more than a few echoes of "The Thing" but echoes whi...
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Dated but still extremely scary. Not for younger kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alien is a classic of sci-fi horror, and while not as gory as most horror films, it's too intense for younger viewers. In its most iconic scene, a character is killed after an alien burrows out of his chest, shooting blood everywhere. Unrelenting suspense permeates every scene after the first 15 minutes. While the deaths of the characters aren't always shown, gruesome killing at the hands (actually, tentacles) of the alien is strongly implied. One of the characters smokes, and all of them in their panicked states use profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch."
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Role Models
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Horror
- Release Date:May 25, 1979
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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