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Director Ridley Scott
Producer Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
Screenplay Dan O'Bannon
Stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto
Year Released 1979



Deep space. The spaceship Nostromo, a mining freighter, is heading back to Earth. An unexplained radio transmission is picked up by the ship's computer, so the crew are woken up from cryosleep to investigate. Ash, an employee of the mining company, demands that they go to the planet from where the signal is coming. The crew reluctantly change course, and make a hazardous landing on the rocky planet.

A team is sent out to find the source of the radio beacon. Surprisingly, they discover an enormous derelict alien spaceship. In the hold there are a huge number of eggs. Kane takes a close look at one egg, which cracks open, and an alien embryo bursts out and attaches itself to the front of his face. Frightened and panicing, he is helped back to the Nostromo.

Ripley, the medical engineer, won't let him aboard, fearing he has been contaminated, but Ash overrides her order, opening the airlock. Kane is rushed to the medical bay.

A hasty take-off is made from the planet's surface.

The alien is still firmly fixed to Kane's face, and resists all attempts at removal. Then, strangely, it just drops off. The crew breathe a sigh of relief. But their troubles are far from over.

Why in 100 Best?

An inventive storyline, strengthened by great acting, and very realistic special effects.
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