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This section is loaded with little bits of trivia related to the ALIEN
series. This can include budgets, awards, how condoms made it on the
ALIEN Queen...things like that. All of these have been collected
from a wide variety of sources. If you have any additions, please
*- Before H.R. Giger became involved with ALIEN,
artist Ronn Cobb contributed early designs for the creatures. Three other
science fiction films he would later work on: Star Wars (including the
ALIENS in the Cantina scenes), Conan the Barbairan, and the Last Starfighter.
*- Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon had a classmate at the
University of Southern California Film School (1968 - 1970) who would become
well known for his own horror films. His name? John Carpenter!
*- Walter Hill was responsible for the character
named 'Ripley' in the ALIEN screenplay.
*- Joseph Conrad's novels have inspired the names of
many ships in the ALIEN series, such as the 'Nostromo, Sulaco, and the Narcissus.'
*- Ridley Scott's first movie, "The Duel" was also based
on a Joseph Conrad novel.
Hemant J. Naidu. passes along the more universal definition of the Narcissus:
Narcissism is loving one's self, that is, being infatuated with one's self.
Loving one's mother is based on the "Oedipus Rex" syndrome. It is the
myth of the boy who killed his father so he could marry his mother.
Andy C. clarifies this further: Narcissism is an hellenic word not a latin word.
Narcissism comes from Ancient Hellas and means to be in love with yourself not
your mother there is another hellenic word for this. So the connection to the
name of the ship and the Mainframe called Mother simply does not exist.
K. Murphy clarifies:
The real myth says that he (Oedipus) went to a prophet who said that he would
kill his father and marry his mother. To prevent this, he left his adopted home,
and travelled to the land where his real father ruled. His father had been
recently killed (accidentally by Oedipus), and his mother, not recognizing him,
married him. When he found out about this, he found that his mother had hanged
herself (she had just found out, too) and he gouged out his eyes. Their four
children that they had ended up all dying except for, I believe, the youngest daughter.
*- "In space, no one can hear you scream." This famous
tag line for ALIEN is not only chilling but accurate. In the vacuum of deep
space, there is no atmosphere to carry vibrations, which are what the human
ear translates into sounds. Every movie in the ALIEN series, other than ALIEN 3,
breaks this physical property.
*- Art Director Carlo Rambaldi earned three Oscars,
including one for ALIEN. His other awards came from DiLaurentiis's King
Kong (1977), and Spielberg's ET: The Extraterrestrial (1983).
*- Early in preproduction, a serious candidate to
wear teh suit required to perform the role of the adult Alien was Peter
Mayhew, well known for his other role dressed up in a costume to play an
alien - Chewbacca the Wookie in Star Wars.
*- Giger's conception of the adult alien, as molded
into life-size props, was kept a tremendous secret during filming, not only
from the press and public, but from the cast and crew of ALIEN as well --
even up to the first day of shooting.
*- Giger's miniature topographies, props filmed as
the planetoid background in ALIEN, were constructed in part from actual
*- The life-size wuit that represents the adult alien
incorporated bits of human bones.
*- The navigational coordinates for the planetoid in
ALIEN is "Quadrant points QBR 157,052." That line was to have been spoken
by Dallas, but is not in the finished film.
*- Director Ridley Scott's original idea for the actor
to play the role of Dallas, captain of the Nostromo, was Harrison Ford, who
had just finished playing another Space Jockey, Han Solo in Star Wars.
Although Ford was not cast, he went on to star in Scott's next film, Blade Runner.
*- In 1980, Sphinx Verlag of Switzerland published Giger's
Alien, describing the Oscar-winning work of the orignal designer. The American
"guru" of psychedelic drug use, Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary is also actress
Winona Ryder's (Alien Resurrection) godfather.
*- The Spanish version of the title translates as
"Alien: The 8th Passenger."
*- The Polish premiere of ALIEN was
August 21st, 1980; a full year after its North American debut.
*- The Polish title of Alien is
Obcy Osmy Pasazer Nostromo, which translates to
'ALIEN: The 8th Passenger of the Nostromo.'
[Thanks to Martin S.]
*- Originally to be directed by Walter Hill, but he
pulled out and gave the job to
*- Roger Dicken, who designed and operated the
"face hugger" and the "chest burster," had originally wanted the latter to
pull itself out of Kane's torso with its own little hands, a sequence he
felt would have produced a much more horrifying effect than the gratuitous
blood and guts in the release print.
*- The alien's habit of laying eggs in the stomach
(which then burst out) is similar to the life-cycle of the tsetse fly.
*- A lawsuit by A.E. van Vogt, claiming plagiarism
of his 1939 story "Discord in Scarlet" (which he had also incorporated in
the 1950 novel "Voyage of the Space Beagle"), was settled out of court.
*- An early draft of the script had a male Ripley.
*- In the scene where Dallas, Kane and Lambert are
leaving the ship, the actual
actors walking past the Nostromo's landing struts are 3 children (two of
whom were Scott's children dressed in scaled down spacesuits. This has the
effect of making the ship look bigger.
*- A sex scene between Dallas and Ripley was in the
script, but was not filmed.
*- The front (face) part of the alien costume's
head is made from a real human skull.
*- The rumour that only John Hurt and the crew knew
exactly what was going to happen during the stomach-bursting scene is false.
UPDATE: Thanks to Paul for this:
You state that the rumor that only John Hurt and the crew knew what
would happen during the chest-bursting scene is false. However, the
20th Anniversary DVD includes a comment that supports that "rumor."
Since Scott probably had to approve everything on the disk (his
"signature" is on the booklet insert) you would think he would have
removed that if it weren't true.
*- Scott is reportedly quoted as saying that
originally he wanted a much darker
ending. He planned on having the alien bite off Ripley's head in the escape
shuttle, sit in her chair, and then start speaking with her voice in a
message to Earth. Apparently, 20th Century Fox wasn't too pleased with such
a dark ending.
*- The Polish title, translated back to English, is
"The 8th passenger of the Nostromo."
*- The reported budget of ALIEN was $11 million
*- ALIEN made $60.2 million dollars in the US and
Canada during its initial release, and $40.3 million dollars from rentals.
*- Production Dates for ALIEN were from
5 July 1978 - December 1978, and Filmed at Studio Location Shepperton
Studios, Shepperton, Surrey (UK).
Dan O'Bannon employed elements from his movie 'Dark Star' into the ALIEN script.
Click Here for more info
on that. Also, the computer in Dark Star was named 'MOTHER', the same as in ALIEN.
Click Here for a comparison
and pictures. It states: "This is the main screen of the ship's computer, named "Mother." If that
name sounds familiar, it
should. The main computer of the starship "Nostromo" in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) is also named
"Mother." Alien was written by Dan O'Bannon, who also co-wrote Dark Star with John Carpenter and
portrays Pinback in the film. Mother is a female version of HAL-9000, speaking in a calm soothing
voice while the ship and the mission come apart at the seams." [Special thanks to Matthijs!]
* Sigourney Weaver was on 'Inside the Actor's Studio' and mentioned the
following (thanks to tonyman):
* Sigourney was supposed to be nude during the final sequence of
"Alien." The Alien was supposed to be curious about her nude form. This sequence
was not filmed due to time/budget constraints. It was the last day of shooting and
the orders were to finish the filming by that day.
*- 1980 Academy Awards Nominations for ALIEN:
* As a CO-producer of "Alien3" she agreed with the decision to kill
"Ripley." She thought it was cruel to keep bringing the character out of
hypersleep, just to have to face mortal danger again.
* She retold the story of her responses to Ridley Scott when she was
being interviewed for the part of Ripley. The casting director kept trying to
get her to shut up, so she wouldn't blow the audition.
* Sigourney also said that Ridley Scott hid the
Alien on the set during the Shuttle scene. She was flipping buttons to
prepare the shuttle for her to go to hypersleep when the Alien's hand
suddenly shot out. She said it
caused her to jump back a few feet. She did not indicate whether this was
filmed or not.
* H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Nick Allder,
Denys Ayling, and Brian Johnson for Best Visual Effects (winners).
*- Who is the only actor/actress to be killed by
the Alien *twice*? It is John Hurt, who not only died due to the
chestburster in ALIEN, but had a rather traumatic alien experience again
during the diner scene in the comedy 'spaceballs.' (See the References area.
*- Only 6 Alien suits were used.
*- Most ALIENS Research and Development time was on the 'Motion' of the
*- Gymnasts and Acrobats were in the ALIEN Suits.
*- Carrie Henn was 'discovered' on a Military Base.
*- The Background images during the Inquest contain great info (you can see
on the DVD.)
*- Syd Mead (Visual Futurist for Blade Runner) designed the SULACO.
*- A Mirror was used in the hypersleep chamber to make it seem
*- The SULACO pressure door was designed by Syd Mead.
*- The "land rover" (ALIENS SE) was designed by James Cameron.
*- A 'Half Moon' is seen on the landscape.
*- ALIENS gave the planetoid a more formal nomenclature, "LV-426," and its
name Acheron. In Greek mythology, Acheron is the river of woe and pain, in the underworld land of
*- One of the sets was kept intact after filming.
It was later used as the Axis Chemicals set for Batman (1989).
*- More on filming locations:
Thanks to Jon -
The scene when the marines have the fire fight with the Aliens in the Hive
was filmed at a former British Power electrical sub station. Actually this
is not the only film that this substation has apeared in. I believe that this
same location was used in the film Batman with Michael Keaton as the chemical
Pete adds -
The power station used in Aliens is called Battersea Power Station - it's
in London and yes, it was also used in Batman. The place supplied power
to the area until 1980. It's a very distinctive building, with a tall
chimney at each corner. The band Pink Floyd used it on the cover of
their "Animals" album (I think) so you can probably catch a peek of it
from there. I heard that a Canadian circus company has recently bought it!
When the crew working on the film "Batman" used Battersea power station,
they actually found large parts of the alien hive from ALIENS still intact.
This might be from the Legacy DVD box set, so you might already know this.
*- A draft of the script had Gorman being paralyzed
by a stinger on the tail of
an alien, rather than being clobbered by falling equipment.
*- Michael Biehn's character gets bitten on the
hand by another character. This
happens to him in every James Cameron movie he's in - see Abyss, The
(1989) and Terminator, The (1984).
*- In an early draft of the script, Bishop claims
to have been made by
"Cyberdyne", a company from Terminator, The (1984).
*- The mechanism used to make the face-huggers
thrash about in the stasis
tubes in the science lab came from one of the "flying piranhas" in one of
Cameron's earlier movies Piranha II: The Spawning (1981). It took 9 people
to make the face-hugger work; one person for each leg and one for the tail.
*- The APC was modelled after an airplane tug.
*- More on the APC/TUG:
Jon reports -
The working APC was actually a retired Jumbo Jet
tug from London Heathrow airport. Apparently the film production crew heard that
the tug was being retired and was up for sale so they brought one. They stripped
it down from 72 tonnes to 28 tonnes (getting rid of 4 inch steel plating and the
lead lined wheels). Then they put 1/4 inch steel around it and dressed it up. It
had four wheel drive and four wheel steering and was driven by one of the airport
staff. However being limited in speed and manaueverability, a lot of the APC shots
were sixth scale models. [Big thanks to Jon!]
*- "She thought they said `illegal aliens' and
signed up..." said Hudson. This line
(directed towards Vasquez) was in inside joke amongst the actors. Jenette
Goldstein (Vasquez) had gone to the audition thinking the film would be
about illegal immigrants. She arrived with waist-long hair and lots of
makeup. Everyone else was wearing military fatigues.
*- During the scene inside the APV preparing for
battle, "El riesgo vive siempre!" can be seen scrawled in white across
Vasquez's armor. This is Spanish for "Risk lives always."
*- Dropship 2 is called "Smart Ass", with the
motto "We aim by PFM" (Pure Fucking Magic)
*- Frosts T-shirt "Peace through superior firepower"
*- ALIENS made $10m (US) on its opening weekend (18
July 1986), in the US and Canada.
*- ALIENS domestic gross was $81.843m (US).
*- ALIENS has made $43.753m (US) in rentals.
*- 1987 Academy Award Nominations for ALIENS:
*Graham V. Hartsone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A.
Carter, and Roy Charman for Best Sound.
*- In a famous scene, restored only in the director's cut of ALIENS, Ellen
Ripley looks at a photograph of her daugter, only to find out from Carter
Burke that the child died while Ripley was in hypersleep. The photograph
she looks at is actually of actress Sigourney Weaver's mother.
*James Horner for Best Music (Original Score.)
*Peter Lamont and Crispian Sallis for Best Art
Direction / Set Decoration.
*Ray Lovejoy for Best Film Editing.
*Don Sharpe (winner) for Best Sond Effects Editing.
*Robert Skotak, Stan Winston, John Richardson II, and
Suzanne M. Benson (winners) for Best Visual Effects.
*Sigourney Weaver for Best Actress.
*- Condoms made up some of the 'tendons' on the
*- The Milky White fluid that burst out of Bishop
near the end of the movie was Yogurt & Milk. "It was a mix of milk
and yogurt,' Henriksen says. 'It made me very sick, because the
prop people had done a mix of it early in the morning, and then left it
out as we worked all day, and it went bad. The first time I tasted it, I
got so sick from it, but I just had to keep working , no matter hom sick
I felt. I was spewing that stuff 10 feet and the fact that it tasted
absolutely horrible helped get it out, and with my 'death-throes'
espression.' Now you know."
*- One interesting note is that the role of D. Hicks, which was portrayed
by Michael Biehn, did not start off with this cahracter. It was James Remar who held the role for a few days
into shooting. Cameron and Remar had "artisitic differences" (rumoured to be drugs...), and Remar
was out; and Biehn, who had worked with James Cameron before on 'The Terminator,' was in.
*- "These movies have so much smoke and
incense....every time I go into a church now, all I can think of are
Aliens, Aliens, Aliens!" - Sigourney Weaver [From mid-1997
*- An arcade game of ALIENS was created. It had
a picture of Ripley on one side, and either an Alien or Hicks on the
other. You could take the role of Ripley / Hicks and blast
many Aliens in this shoot-em up adventure. [Thanks to harshlanguage13 for
sending that in] As Mark L. reports "Ripley looked like Ripley for
once." In the ALIENS arcade game, which he found at Niagara Falls, and
right around the falls, kind of underground there's the arcade game.
*- The second dropship is named "Bugstomper". It
has an image of an eagle wearing sneakers and the text "we endanger
species" written beneath it. [Thanks to Martin H!]
*- Ferro, the dropship pilot, has "Fly the
friendly skies" written on her helmet, hinting to a United Airlines slogan.
From Pepe, clarifying the meaning of 'Ferro', the nickname of
the pilot in ALIENS.
I studied latin 5 years and i must say that "Ferro" does not mean "to carry".
The guy mad a small mistake, because actually "to carry" is translated into "Fero".
"Ferro", instead, means exactly "Iron" in italian language.
*- Scott Oliverson passed along some information on the ALIEN WAR
In this WALK-THROUGH attraction, based on the four hit films you
and other guests are invited to an OPEN HOUSE at the WAYLAND-YUTANI
CORPORATION laboratory complex on a remote planet to see some ALIENS who
have been captured by the weapons division and being held in suspended
animation or frozen sleep. UN/NATO Colonial Marines escort you through
the base while telling you about the monsters when suddenly another
marine comes running up, face white as a sheet. He explains that the
creatures have escaped their containment systems due to a breach in the
system and now are hunting their prey. So now you and the other guests
are running for your lives in terror through darkened corridors &
hallways while trying to avoid being captured or killed by the ALIENS!
Suddenly the xenomorph monsters jump out of hiding, hissing and
screeching in triumph from all directions as they attempt to kill you
but the marines retaliate by blasting the creatures with their pulse
rifles & smart guns. In the end you and the others escape to safety
back into the real world!
Scott also sent some ALIENS: Ride info.
This turbo-ride, motion-based simulation is located at San
Francisco's Pier-39. It too allows visitors to reenact a scary scene
from one of the ALIEN movies. First you are standing in the queue
preshow room before the main ride begins. Your commanding officer of
the UN/NATO COLONIAL MARINES briefs you as cadets or recruits about a
dangerous mission you are about to undertake. He tells you about a
colonist base on the planet Archeron/LV-426, yet another homebase built
over the same spot where the previous one stood in the 2nd
film...Suddenly the transmission jams or breaks in with an S.O.S.
incoming message from a lone, frightened surviving marine. He starts
telling about his squadron being massacured by the ALIENS as they
attempted to locate human life inside the complex. Unable to find any
survivors (Just like the marines did in the 2nd film), the soldiers
decide to plant a bomb to detonate and destroy the base, killing all the
monsters in the explosion. Suddenly the ALIENS attack the soldiers,
capturing or killing them. He pleads for somebody, anybody to come
rescue him before the bomb explodes. So now your commander orders you
to accompany another squadron of marines to rescue any survivors on
Archeron before it is too late.
Now you enter the turbo-ride simulator designed to look like the
Armored Personnel Carrier or APC from the movie. The seats are
programmed to move in sync with the film on the BIG SCREEN creating an
illusion as though you are reenacting a scene from a movie! Once you
and your fellow marines disembark from the mothership orbiting the
and your fellow marines disembark from the mothership orbiting the
planet, the dropship carries you down to the surface of LV-426 and
arrives at the colony base. Then the APC rolls forward into the complex
and begins searching for the 1st Squad survivors. Some survivors are
found hiding inside the wreckage of another APC, ALIVE! Suddenly the
ALIENS attack our squad and those we've come to rescue and the wargames
commence. Next begins a series of shootouts, being chased through the
corridors & hallways of the base by the monsters, and the grand finale
is the confrontation with the QUEEN ALIEN herself! But we do escape
before the bomb detonates with the survivors and return safely to the
mothership in orbit high above.
[Nathan's Note: This ride was featured on TV a few times, including segments on the Discovery Channel.]
From David T.: I went to an Aliens ride in Granada Studios, Manchester,England.
It was a ride where you sat in special seats that shook you about while you watch
a piece of film that is similar to the scene in Aliens where most of the marines
die. I'm not sure if it was the same scene because I can't remember.
ALIEN 3 Trivia
*- Which best-selling award-winning science
fiction author tried his uncredited hand at a script for ALIEN 3? William
Gibson. In his version Ripley spent most of the film in a coma.
*- Richard Edlund, George Gibbs II, Alec Gillis,
and Tom Woodruff were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual
Affects for ALIEN 3 in 1993.
*- ALIEN 3 was made for 70 million dollars,(or $50
million, depending who you talk to. (Internationally, it was a box-office
*- Although the alien that hatched from the dog was
a rod puppet, early filmed tests used an actual dog in an alien costume.
*- ALIEN 3 has a rather rare arcade game made
based on it, entitled 'Alien 3: The Gun'. Current known locations
- 6 Flags over Georgia (near the 'Scream Machine'), just outside Atlanta
- Buffalo Bill's casino, on the Nevada/California border (The casino with the
desperado roller coaster)
- Circus Circus casino in Las Vegas.
- Disneyland in California has one, in the Space Mountain arcade.
- Scottsdale, Arizona has one. As Josh says: It is in scottsdale on
Scottsdale road and it is south of Bell... but only by a few blocks.
It shouldnt be that difficult to miss.
- Dublin, Ireland has one in an arcade called Dr Quirk's. (Robby: "It's a
very fun game.")
- The Grand Prix Race-O-Rama in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has one [thanks
- 'Sandy Balls' in Coventry (England). Also, if you put in a Pound you
get 99 credits!
- GGSTU found it at Paramount Canada's Wonderland (in Southern Ontario,
Chris Cunningham, the music video-director extroidinare, also worked on
Alien 3. He helped sculpt the Alien for the movie, based on H.R. Giger
designs. His amazing video work includes Bjork (All is Full of Love), Aphex Twin
(Come to Daddy, Windowlicker), Madonna (Frozen), Portishead, Squarepusher
*- ALIEN 3 made $55.473m (US) during its domestic
*- ALIEN 3 has made $31.762m (US) in rentals.
*- ALIEN 3 was Filmed in Studio Location of
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Bucks (UK)
*- Sigourney Weaver was paid about $5.5 million
for her role as Ripley in Alien 3.
*- Charles Dance was originally cast as Brother John
by Vincent Ward [Refer to the Background and Script area]
and the producers. After Ward left and David Fincher came aboard the project, he
was asked to stay aboard because they were so impressed with his talent.
Although his role was changed into Alien 3's Clemens, the two characters
are quite similar.
*- The Vincent Ward script [see above trivia entry]
was actually approved by Fox at one time, and was to be helmed by David Fincher. Sets of Arceon
were actually under contruction when the studio pulled the plug.
The plug was pulled for a few reasons: 1) Budget 2) Fox was not
comfortable with all the religious overtones and the fact that they just
couldn't understand why a bunch of monks would be in space 3) they wanted
Sigourney to be the focus of the film. In this script, John is clearly
the protagonist. [A HUGE pat on the back to jach1005 for posting this back in mid 1997!]
ALIEN Resurrection Trivia
*- Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) was offered to direct Alien
Resurrection, but decided to pass on the film in early February, 1996.
*- "During the publicity tour for his controversal film Crash, David
Cronenberg has said that he was offered the director's chair for Alien Resurrection. Although he was
excited by the idea of working with Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder, he realized that he could
never put his own personal stamp on the film, so he declined." [Scoop swiped from Corona.]
*- One of the characters in the Whedon script, (St. Just)
was written for Asian action film star Chow Yun Fat.
*- According to the October 11th Chicago Tribune, Bo Jackson read for a
part in ALIEN 4.
*- The full two minute trailer for Alien Resurrection was attached to
the FOX flop film 'Speed 2.' It was later attached to 'The Edge.'
*- Joss Whedon's script for ALIEN RESURRECTION
went through five different versions of the final battle with the Newborn in
such settings as a hospital maternity ward, a giant junkyard, a forest, a
cliffside, and a desert.
*- Whedon originally scripted the Newborn creature
as a four-legged, eyeless, bone-white creature with red veins running along
the sides of its head. It had an inner jaw, similar to the all the other
aliens. It also had a pair of pincers on the sides of his head. These
pincers were used to hold its prey still as it drained the prey of blood
with its inner jaw. The creature was also larger, nearly the size of the
queen alien. In later script revisions, the creature was changed into a
"more believable" hybrid of human and alien.
*- The first draft of the script contained an
action sequence that took place in a garden contained within the spaceship
"Auriga," with Ripley driving an electrically-powered jeep to avoid aliens
attacking from all sides. This was to take place after the scene in the
chapel but before the sequence where the Newborn is introduced. The sequence
was cut due largely to budget constraints.
*- Nigel Phelps based the design of the spaceship
"Betty" on a jackhammer. The "Auriga" was originally to be a vertical
structure, but he abandoned this idea once he realized the difficulty of
capturing the scope of such a ship design on film.
*- Sigourney Weaver actually made the
behind-the-back half-court basketball shot on her own, despite the fact
that the way the ball disappears offscreen for a split second before going
into the basket implies that she had offscreen help. (She later mentioned on
the Late Show with David Letterman that the director was implied that she
had to hurry and make it, and they could always add it in post-production.
Weaver then made the shot, but the Jeunet seemed dissapointed that it went
out of frame. He mentioned that no-one would beleive that it was a real
shot. Weaver then said that she'd go on every talk show and say that it was
real! Weaver also had a basketball coach for that scene.
*- /Mick passed this:
When Sigourney Weaver actually did sink that basketball throw,
Johner almost broke character by jumping, yelling and cheering.
Fortunately, the cameras had stopped rolling at that point.
(Taken from the Alien Resurrection book). [I woulda cheered too! :)
*- Alien 4 cut scenes...
Pete Morton reports:
In the "Alien Resurection" novelisation, there is a scene where
the newborn alien hybrid tries to shag Ripley - If you look at
the creature in the film, there's a kind of seam running up
across the belly from between it's legs. In the book, the
creature embraces Ripley and it's penis emerges from this
apeture, but she fights it off. I had read an article before
the film was released (Again in SFX magazine) which briefly
mentioned "An alien / Ripley sex scene!" and thought the same
as you - that the scene involving the alien carrying Ripley was
that scene in a toned down form.
*- ALIEN Resurrection cost at least 70 million dollars to make.
*- Sigourney Weaver got paid 12 million dollars
to reprise her role as Ripley.
*-Actor Ron Perlman nearly drowned while filming
the underwater sequence. At one point, when trying to surface, he hit his
head on a sprinkler in the ceiling, knocking him out cold. He was rescued
by nearby film crew members.
*- ALIEN Resurrection had Production Dates of
20 November 1996 - May 1997.
*- ALIEN Resurrection's opening weekend
domestic box-office take was $25.789m (US), on 2,415 screens.
*- ALIEN Resurrection's US/Canada box-office
gross was $47.748m (US).
*- ALIEN Resurrection's non-USA/Canada box-office
gross was over $105m (US).
*- ALIEN Resurrection's UK box-office gross was
at least £7.208m (UK).
*- The IMDB
lists several statistics on the number of admissions to the movie:
2,532,389 in France.
1,811,773 in Germany.
*- Probably the rarest of all forms of the ALIEN
Resurrection home video release is the DIVX version. This format is
similar to the DVD, only it operates on a 'pay every time you play'
philosophy. The format was abandoned in June of 1999.
The music used in the Alien Resurrection trailer was titled "Code
Red" and was made by
This is a peice that is only available for trailers. Ken passes
along more information, as he also called the company, and they
told him that they only lease their music
out to clients. Ken continues: So unless you cut trailers
you might no be able to get it. The guy also said the site should
be up and running by the end of August, and that they might have a
way for people to listen to their music. The guy said
it all depends, if they get a lot of requests a Cd might be put out,
or they might sell the music to people.
Also, on the Alien Resurrection DVD the song is at the end of the
Featurette under the extra feature section.
*- What is Alien Resurrection's film length?
It was 3000 metres. (The actual length of the film used, not the running
time.) For more info on film length (and Finnish
classification of movies over 60 minutes, just Click Here.
*- Alien Resurrection was rated '16' in
*- The Finnish title of Alien Resurrection is
Alien - ylösnousemus.
*- The Swedish title of Alien Resurrection is
Alien Återuppstår, which actually means 'Alien Resurrects'.
[Thanks to Simon A.]
*- In Norway, the name of Alien Resurrection is
Alien - Oppstandelsen, which means 'Alien - The Revival'
if you translate it roughly. [Thanks to Spug]
*- Alien Resurrection was nominated and won
* (Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and
Fantasy Films, USA) Saturn Award for :
Best Actress (Sigourney Weaver)
Best Supporting Actress (Winona
Best Director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
* Golden Satellite Award for :
Best Motion Picture - Animated or
Mixed Media (Bill Badalato, Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill)
* Blockbuster Entertianment Award for :
Favorite Actress - Sci-Fi (Sigourney
* Blockbuster Entertianment Award for :
Favorite Supporting Actress - Sci-Fi
* Bogey Award (German Film award)
Other Series Trivia...
*- H.R. Giger's art was first published in the
U.S., not as a book, but as a cover illustration for a rock group. It was
'Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's "Brain Salad
*- H.R. giger's seminal collection of his
artwork, Neconomicon, takes its name from a work by American fantasy
writer H.P. Lovecraft. It is the title of a classic horror
story he wrote.
*- An error in the 1999 ALIEN 20th anniversary
calender? It says that "The Sulaco is destoryed in space due to a fire
caused by xenomorph faceHUGGERS." This is a major 'question' in ALIEN 3,
as only one egg was shown.
*- Noted science fiction writer alan Dean Foster
is the author of the novels based on the first three films. For fans, his
first novelization was incredibly important, as it was for many years one
of the few sources of information describing the "lost" cocoon sequence -
edited out of ALIEN after he had turned in his manuscript.
*- The quartet of ALIEN movies has earned more
than 282 million dollars in the U.S. box office.
*- The ALIEN drinks Pepsi. Near the release of
ALIEN 3, a commercial was made that had two young kids running down the
street, like the Alien was chasing them. Then, the Alien spots a Pepsi
machine, and drinks...it is a good ad and wasn't aired for long.