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If memory serves: Ripley Flares flamethrower Queen orders Xenomorphs back Egg opens It was when the egg opened that Ripley nodded her head as if to say "oh hell no!", and then the shooting began. It seems to me that the queen had no intention of letting Ripley and Newt go, but had every intention to cocoon both. That plan back fired (pardon the pun). This ...


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It's an old joke/cliche dating back many years but it's not movie related In Arizona, Texas and other parts of the west, the temperature often averages over 100 degrees during the summer. “But it’s a dry heat!” is the clichéd response that some natives give, explaining that it’s more tolerable without humidity. “The thermometer frequently registers 120 in ...


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It was the idea of Bill Paxton. As it was told to UPROXX by Bill Paxton himself, (emphasis mine) I'm not great at improvising on the spot. The stuff I improvised was stuff that wasn't in the script, but it was stuff that I'd throw at Jim [Cameron] in a rehearsal. Jim is a — his mind's like a steel trap. He'd remember something I'd said when we were ...


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From alienseries, the producer blamed it on availability: In 1986 Bobbie Wygant asked Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd if Scott had turned down the opportunity to direct the sequel. “I’m not really sure,” Hurd answered. “I know that he was in post-production on Legend at the time we were in pre-production [on Aliens], so perhaps it was a result of his ...


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We don't know. Gale Anne Hurd said in 1986 I’m not really sure. I know that he was in post-production on Legend at the time we were in pre-production [on Aliens], so perhaps it was a result of his availability Ridley told The Hollywood Interview in 2008 They didn’t ask me! To this day I have no idea why. It hurt my feelings, really, because I thought ...


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NOT EXPLICITLY DISCLOSED WITHIN THE FILM, but less than 40 days. The script of the film states it takes the Marines 3 weeks @FTL (Faster than light) to reach the planet, and the settlers signalled for help the day they were attacked. The extended edition of the movie explains that even though distress signals travel beyond FTL, it would still take 2 weeks ...


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He turned off the "stasis" field The two facehuggers were kept in stasis cylinders which were in the same Medical Lab section as Newt and Ripley. All Burke had to do was put the stasis tubes inside the door, disengage the stasis fields and let "nature" take its course. The novelization by Alan Dean Foster makes this a little clearer... Gently she ...


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The short (pun) answer is she was small. The long answer is a series of lucky circumstances left Newt the lone survivor of the alien infestation. Size This is from JamesCameronOnline.com: The entire colony was enormous in size, with multiple large complexes connected together. And as seen in the movie, aliens retreated to the hive deserting the entire ...


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Ripley's shuttlecraft "Narcissus" floated through from the outer rim where LV-426 was, all the way into the core worlds. She's found, and taken to Gateway Station, a space station orbiting around/near Earth. Where she's interrogated and eventually finds a job. But in those 57 years, technology has improved. Faster than Light travel allows for what was a 1~2 ...


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The heads of Fox (which owned Alien) changed between the two movies. The previous heads didn't believe a sequel would be profitable. When Fox's interest in a sequel was reborn, they first needed a script and looked for a writer, and Scott does not write screenplays. Fox development executive Larry Wilson thought Cameron would be good to write the sequel ...


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The line is indeed Mommy, as you can see from the script in scene 199:


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It's just a bit of gallows humor. The remark is often said in real life to downplay someone else's complaint about heat. It's a casual remark and not something one would expect to hear in a life-and-death situation like the one in the movie -- so Hudson uses it as dark humor, its carefree normalcy contrasting with the extreme tension of the situation.


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I can see a couple of reasons, just off the top of my head: It's not like the aliens were just going to sit back and let her leave. The only reason they hesitated was because Ripley was threatening the eggs, but once she was in the elevator, the queen would obviously have ordered the others to pursue her. Then she'd be stuck in a box which they could ...


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Why did she run away from the Marines and Ripley when they are the first people she's seen in a long time? I'll answer this since the other part of the question has already been answered. I believe the reason is that from her experience, people who think they can fight back or protect others always end up failing and being killed. On the other hand, her ...


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The Queen was trying to trick Ripley by attacking her with a face hugger. If you watch the sequence again, you'll notice that, after the Queen orders the drones to back off, there is a shot of an egg starting to open. The Queen is attempting to lull Ripley into a false sense of security, then sic a face hugger on her. That's why Ripley gives her the "Are you ...


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Yes, either the ships can travel at theoretical speeds beyond that of light or they can enter and exit "warp" or "hyperspace" corridors which allow travel across vast areas of space in far less than time than traveling at or near light speed would. Some clues from the 19780 novelization of the film Alien and the subsequent Alien films are: In the ...


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Dietrich went in with all of the other marines to investigate the colonists' locator beacons, which we learn are all in one place under the reactor cooling tower in the alien "nest". After the marines discover a cocooned colonist and kill the chestburster who kills that colonist, the aliens attack. Most of the marines die, but Ripley saves Hicks, Hudson, ...


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After watching both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant (links to IMDb pages), the answer appears to be a combination of factors (WARNING: Spoilers for both movies follow, but as they are the entire substance of the answer, they are not wrapped in spoiler tags): The black "goo" containing some type of parasitic life form created by the Engineers for whatever ...


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The script for Aliens prefixes the scene with the marine crew waking from hypersleep with: EXT. DEEP SPACE - THREE WEEKS LATER So the short answer to the question is three weeks. So you might ask, why the huge difference (almost 1000x different duration). The difference between the 3 weeks and the 57 years might be explained through multiple reasons: The ...


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The Alien setting has FTL travel of varying speeds. People who travel on long journeys in slow ships travel in stasis, also known as cryosleep or hypersleep. These are the pods you see people enter or exit near the beginning or end of most of the films. The point of stasis is to reduce the consumption of resources and slow down aging. Effectively, people ...


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The Director's Cut version includes pre-alien-attack footage from the settlement. All the children play hide-and-seek in the air ducts, and Newt is the best. So not only does this set up Newt's survival, it also sets up the later alien assault on the barricaded room via the air ducts.


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Both are great, great films, you're gonna want to watch them multiple times so it really doesn't matter where you start. Even watching them in reverse order doesn't matter, I saw Aliens first and it possibly made Alien even more intriguing. You cannot go wrong - there are no bad versions. However, assuming you do watch them more than once, start with the ...


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First of all, the main point to consider is that the Alien (and later Alien/Predator) universe is not an entirely pre-thought and consistently grown universe, with the stories well tied into each other. There were different producers, directors and story-tellers taking turns on the story and including additional stuff (like the merge with the Predator-...


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It's personal. She has nightmares about these things. She missed all of her now deceased daughter's birthdays, and her new daughter's whole family is dead because of these, along with every other colonist on LV426 and the entire crew of the Nostromo, save one. Every human she set down with on the planet, expect for Hicks, is dead or would be better off ...


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The film didn't show the death of every character. But at the end, on the Sulaco, the only living characters shown are Ripley, Newt, Hicks, and Bishop. It is implied that all other characters were killed during the fights on LV-426 or in the exploding base.


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Given the difference of time between Prometheus and Alien your theory on hypersleep placing the occupant in suspended animation could be correct as we know in Aliens that Ripley spends 60 years in hypersleep. Also in Aliens the scanners which break into the Narcissus to uncover Ripley do not appear to pick up her vitals from the scavengers dialogue when they ...


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