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Aliens (1986)  IMDB   Website
Genre Sci-Fi/Action MPAA R
Director James Cameron Rating
Writer James Cameron Runtime 154 (direc minutes
Producer Gordon Carroll Type Movie
Cinematographer Adrian Biddle Format DVD
Studio 20th Century Fox Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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The only survivor of the Nostromo, Ripley is discovered in deep sleep half a century later by a salvage ship. When she is taken back to Earth, she learns that a human colony was founded on the same planet where the aliens were first found. After contact with the colony is lost, she finds herself sent back to the planet along with a team of warriors bent on destroying the alien menace forever, and saving any survivors -- if any remain.

Summary written by: Graeme Roy {gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk}
Actor / Character

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Sigourney Weaver ..... Lt. Ellen Ripley
Carrie Henn ..... Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden
Michael Biehn ..... Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Paul Reiser ..... Carter J. Burke
Lance Henriksen ..... Bishop
Bill Paxton ..... Private Hudson
William Hope ..... Lt. Gorman
Jenette Goldstein ..... Private Vasquez
Al Matthews ..... Sgt. Apone
Mark Rolston ..... Private Drake
Ricco Ross ..... Private Frost
Colette Hiller ..... Corporal Ferro
Daniel Kash ..... Private Spunkmeyer
Cynthia Scott (I) ..... Corporal Dietrich
Tip Tipping ..... Private T. Crowe
Awards

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(1986) Academy - Best Actress (nom) ..... Sigourney Weaver
(1986) Academy - Best Art Direction (nom) ..... Peter Lamont
(1986) Academy - Best Art Direction (nom) ..... Crispian Sallis
(1986) Academy - Best Editing (nom) ..... Ray Lovejoy
(1986) Academy - Best Score (nom) ..... James Horner
(1986) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Roy Charman
(1986) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Hartstone, Graham V.
(1986) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Carter, Michael A.
(1986) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... LeMessurier, Nicolas
(1986) Academy - Best Sound Effects (win) ..... Sharpe, Don
(1986) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Stan Winston
(1986) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... John Richardson
(1986) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Bob Skotak
(1986) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Benson, Suzanne
(1986) British Academy Awards - Best Production Design (nom) ..... Peter Lamont
(1986) British Academy Awards - Makeup Award (nom) ..... Peter Robb-King
(1986) British Academy Awards - Sound Award (nom) .....
(1986) British Academy Awards - Visual Effects Award (nom) .....
(1987) Golden Globe - Best Actress (Drama) (nom) ..... Sigourney Weaver
Review

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For big-budget, high-octane showmanship, Aliens (the sequel to Alien, directed by Ridley Scott) is hard to beat. While not as deliberate or interesting as the first in the series, Aliens is a wide-open visual effect bonanza, with enough intensity and thrill for three standard action movies. Director James Cameron again proves himself more than capable when it comes to making the genre pay off. Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ripley, but this time she's no mere survivor, she's ready to lay waste to those ultra-nasty creatures from the first movie. She's like Wonder Woman without the skimpy clothes. The female heroine in this series has always been fascinating because of her complete ignorance of her sexuality. This is given an interesting spin at the end of this film when Ripley's goal becomes to destroy the alien eggs in their nest. A slap in the face to traditional motherhood? Anyway, too much shouldn't be read into the proceedings here. The dialogue is often horrendous, and the characters other than Ripley are little more than fodder for some impressive scenes of carnage. But this remains one of the most enjoyable action movies of the mid-1980s. --- Brendon Hanley

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