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40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 25, 2019 06:50PM
and remember, if there was no Alien, there wouldn't be Blade Runner.

The Hollywood Reporter talks with Ridley Scott
[www.hollywoodreporter.com]


plus Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, John Hurt and Harry Dean Stanton

Two years to the day after Ridley Scott sat in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to watch Star Wars, Alien hit theaters on May 25, 1979 in limited release. It went on to gross more than $60 million domestically, and more than $100 million worldwide. While excitable audiences responded with shrieks to the visceral thrills of this inventive sci-fi/horror hybrid, film scholars descended to suss out the socio-political themes, like all great sci-fi stories have. But Scott insists that any sense of contemporary allegory was furthest from his mind as he was crafting his own masterpiece.
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Re: 40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: tronnei
Date: May 26, 2019 12:19AM
I went with a girl friend (not girlfriend). She spent a considerable part of the film clinging to me, for which I thank Mr. Scott.
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Re: 40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: May 26, 2019 07:42AM
I was 10 that summer, and spent a large chunk of it wheedling my mom to let me go see "Alien." She finally gave in, and as I was getting out of the car she said, "That movie is going to give you nightmares!"

She was right. To this day, she was right.
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Re: 40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: May 26, 2019 07:45AM
It still snags me and keeps me..great flick..great 'tone'..everything
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Re: 40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: May 26, 2019 11:26AM
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Will Collier
I was 10 that summer, and spent a large chunk of it wheedling my mom to let me go see "Alien." She finally gave in, and as I was getting out of the car she said, "That movie is going to give you nightmares!"

She was right. To this day, she was right.

Same here, very much so.

Only in the last few years did a "focused re-watch" of it. I sometimes forget it's such a beautiful film -- some of the shots are spectacularly gorgeous in lighting, composition, colors; all that.



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Re: 40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: May 26, 2019 11:52AM
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Zoidberg
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Will Collier
I was 10 that summer, and spent a large chunk of it wheedling my mom to let me go see "Alien." She finally gave in, and as I was getting out of the car she said, "That movie is going to give you nightmares!"

She was right. To this day, she was right.

Same here, very much so.

Only in the last few years did a "focused re-watch" of it. I sometimes forget it's such a beautiful film -- some of the shots are spectacularly gorgeous in lighting, composition, colors; all that.

It's hardly dated at all. The only visuals that don't hold up are the spacecraft exteriors early in the the movie; the only interior details that are off are the CRTs and computer interfaces. Other than that, it could have been made yesterday (although if it was it probably would have been ruined with CGI).
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Re: 40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: vision63
Date: May 26, 2019 05:44PM
One of the greatest drive-in experiences of my whole friggin life! Double date. Believe it or not, my date Nancy, chose to climb into the trunk because we didn't have enough money. No, I didn't feel badly about it at the time but fist bumps to her. I wasn't driving. My late buddy Ted's long Monte Carlo. We were NOT expecting that level of tension.
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Re: 40 years ago today: Ridley Scott's 'Alien' May 25, 1979
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 27, 2019 03:59AM
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Zoidberg
Only in the last few years did a "focused re-watch" of it. I sometimes forget it's such a beautiful film -- some of the shots are spectacularly gorgeous in lighting, composition, colors; all that.

Purchased the recent 4K release of the film — it looks amazing on OLED.



It is what it is.
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