A 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver

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What happened to the derelict spaceship between the 'Alien' movies?

In Alien, we saw that the derelict ship was filled with eggs, however in 'Aliens' we are told that LV-426 is now inhabited by colonists. Since the derelict was full of eggs Weyland-Yutani shouldn't be ...
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What does “MU-TH-UR” stand for?

In the movie Alien the ship Nostromo has in it a computer which the crew refer to as "mother". In looking that up I found that "mother" is actually the MU-TH-UR 6000, but I have been unable to find ...
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Does Alien actually pass the Bechdel test?

The idea of the Bechdel test originated in a 1985 cartoon by Alison Bechdel. In it, a character describes the test as something she uses to determine which movies she'll see. If a movie fails the ...
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Why did the crew of Nostromo not seem too surprised by new Alien life?

When some of the crew of the Nostromo discovered the space jockey and the alien eggs, they didn't seem too surprised. It kind of seemed normal to them that yes, a corporation like Weyland-Yutani would ...
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Why is Nostromo's technology so… 1980s?

"Prometheus" is meant to be a prequel to "Alien", happening 30 years before (src). If that's the case, how come one of the very earliest spaceships, Prometheus from 2089, has a spiffy new technology, ...
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What happened to the Alien that came from the Space Jockey?

In the derelict ship, the crew of the Nostromo find the Space Jockey. Apparently, he was infected by a Facehugger, so an Alien chest-buster had made his way out of his torso and bio suit. What ...
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What's the meaning of the fossilized engineer in Alien I space jockey scene?

Despite watching Prometheus and understanding the purpose of the navigation machine, I'm still not sure what was the significance of the space jockey in Alien, specifically... Why was the engineer ...
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Does Prometheus contradict Alien vs. Predator?

At the end of Prometheus one sees a creature that looks surprisingly like the xenomorph alien. Does that scene show the actual origin of it? Does it contradict the version from AVP1 (Alien vs. ...
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Why did the Science Officer not get chosen for the mission to the alien spacecraft?

After the Nostromo detects a signal from a potentially intelligent alien, the crew are arguing what to do about it. Most of the crew want to ignore it and return home, but Ash (Science Officer) ...
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Could the “Thing” Mimic an Alien (Xenomorph) [closed]

The Thing (from 2 movies of same title) is able to replicate a life forms cells exactly by essentially consuming said life form (this process kill origin live form). Upon doing so it is an exact copy ...
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Is the ship the crew of the Nostromo find, the same “Engineer” ship that crashed in Promethus?

At then end of Prometheus, I had expected the Engineer to go back to his ship and sit in that large chair he previously used when attempting to leave the planet. I assumed this because in Alien ...
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Are the aliens from the Alien movie series more hive minded or more like individuals?

The aliens seem somewhat hive minded, based on the idea that they have a queen, eggs, soldiers, and generally are organized using a hive structure, including the building of hives and food storage ...
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Is the cat (Jones) in Alien immortal?

Just watched Alien for the first time. I've got two related questions about Jones, the cat: Is it in stasis at the start? I didn't see it with anyone waking up. How did it survive the ending, when ...
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Why didn't they detect the Alien inside of the Kane?

In the movie Alien the character Kane becomes an unwitting host to an alien parasite, which eventually kills him. Why was this parasite not detected after the face-hugger died and fell off? Was the ...
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What was Ash trying to do with the magazine?

In the movie Alien, Ash What in the world was he trying to do?
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When (in which year) is Alien set?

Does the Alien film give any clue as to in which year it takes place? Or do any of its sequels? If not the exact year then do we have any clues, e.g. 500 years in the future?
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What caused the change in android behaviors from Alien to Aliens?

In the first Alien, the android is revealed to have an ulterior motive: a Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 android, who is acting upon secret orders to "Bring back alien life form. Crew expendable." ref ...
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Why doesn't the alien kill Ripley in the shuttle craft?

In the last scene of Alien, Ripley escapes in a shuttle craft. She screams when she sees that the alien is onboard. Why didn't the alien kill her immediately when she boarded the shuttle craft? Is it ...
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What happened to the cat Jones from Alien and Aliens?

In Alien and Aliens Ripley had a cat named Jones. In Aliens when Ripley is preparing to go to LV426 with the marines she says to Jones, "And you, you little s**t-head... you're staying here," so ...
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Who sent the distress signal in Alien?

I assume it was the pilot of the derelict ship who sent the SOS that set the plot in motion, but Alien only gives us a brief glimpse and not many clues (at least none so overt that I picked up on ...