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Alien³ (1992)

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After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.

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David Fincher

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Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Ripley
Charles S. Dutton ... Dillon
Charles Dance ... Clemens
Paul McGann ... Golic
Brian Glover ... Andrews
Ralph Brown ... Aaron
Danny Webb ... Morse
Christopher John Fields ... Rains
Holt McCallany ... Junior
Lance Henriksen ... Bishop II
Christopher Fairbank ... Murphy (as Chris Fairbank)
Carl Chase Carl Chase ... Frank
Leon Herbert ... Boggs
Vincenzo Nicoli ... Jude
Pete Postlethwaite ... David
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Storyline

Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the only survivor when she crash lands on Fiorina 161, a bleak wasteland inhabited by former inmates of the planet's maximum security prison. Once again, Ripley must face skepticism and the alien as it hunts down the prisoners and guards. Without weapons or modern technology of any kind, Ripley leads the men into battle against the terrifying creature.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In 1979, it came from within. In 1986, it was gone forever. In 1992, our worst fears have come true. It's back. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for monster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckinghamshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,141,188, 25 May 1992

Gross USA:

$55,473,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,773,600
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2003 Special 'Assembly Cut' Edition) | (special edition)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only film in the Alien Quadrilogy that does not feature an android character unique to that film. The only android that appears is Bishop (in a severely damaged state), and he had previously appeared in Aliens (1986) prior to this. See more »

Goofs

There is no logical explanation for how the Alien egg appears on the Sulaco at the beginning of the film. Although it has been speculated that the Queen Alien laid the egg when she was hiding in the landing gear of the drop ship, the Alien Egg is clearly not inside the landing gear after it has hatched. It appears to be somewhere either inside the drop ship or elsewhere in the Sulaco. Since Queen Alien was never in the interior compartment of the drop ship and certainly never made past the cargo bay of the Sulaco, there is no explanation for how the egg got where it is. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Computer Voice: Stasis interrupted. Fire in cryogenic compartment. Repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment. All personnel report to emergency escape vehicle launch pod. Deep-space flight will commence in T-minus twenty seconds.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare that plays during the opening studio logo segues ominously into the score of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray edition of the extended Assembly Cut of "Alien 3" (available as part of the "Alien Anthology" box set or as separate edition) received additional work on the soundtrack. As a result, it features re-recorded dialogue that replaces the poor quality audio that appeared in many of the added scenes in the DVD version. Additionally, dialogue has been added to a few scenes that had none in the DVD version:
  • As the prisoners are dragging the EEV out of the ocean, they can be heard talking to each other and coordinating their efforts (dialogue was lifted from the theatrical version).
  • When prisoner Murphy is scrubbing the air duct and finds something moving inside a hole, he can be heard calling his dog Spike (dialogue was lifted from the theatrical version).
  • After prisoner Junior has lured the alien inside the toxic waste disposal unit and the other prisoners have closed the door, muffled screams and shouts are heard, interspersed with disturbing thuds and ripping sounds, which eventually die down as the others listen in.
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Connections

Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: RoboCop 3 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)
Written by Rick Evans
Performed by Christopher Fairbank
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User Reviews

This one blows chunks...
30 January 2002 | by MulligaSee all my reviews

I rented Alien³ in an old Albertson's grocery store. I knew that it was by far the least of the series, but how bad could it be? The answer: REALLY bad. There are almost no moments of actual suspense or even horror. The decision to see through the alien's eyes like in "Predator" is such a huge mistake; it drains away every bit of interest you could have since you know where the alien is at all times. Sigourney Weaver goes a bit darker and more cynical in this film, and, by golly, it works. Everyone else, even returning veteran Lance Henrikson, is pretty much window dressing. See "Jaws", "Robocop", "The Silence of the Lambs", and save yourself 2 hours of your life.


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