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(1979, Ridley Scott) The motley crew of a garbage scow cum space cruiser, out on yet another dirty mop-up mission, find themselves struggling with a lower life-form monster for bottom rung on the ladder. Sigourney Weaver stars as Ripley, veteran of more subtle battles. With Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton. Approx. 117. DCP restoration.
"A GREAT ORIGINAL! One of the great strengths is its pacing. It take its time. It waits. It allows silences. Absorbs us in a mission before it involves us in an adventure, and that consistently engages the alien with curiosity and logic, instead of simply firing at it… Still vibrates with a dark and frightening intensity.”
– Roger Ebert
"Although it has often been described as being a haunted-house movie set in space, Alien also has a profoundly existentialist undertow that makes it feel like a film noir — the other genre to feature a slithery, sexualized monster as its classic villain."
– Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
"The tantalizingly slow, oozing pace is a heartbeat-tripping reminder that today's sped-up blockbuster conventions may improve on speed, but not on thrills. In space, the famous tagline went, no one can hear you scream. In Alien, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past."
– Lisa Schwartzbaum