Questions tagged [alien-1979]

A 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver. Use in conjunction with the [alien-franchise] tag.

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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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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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Why don't they freeze Kane?

As Parker repeatedly asks after they bring the face-hugged Kane aboard, why don't they freeze him? I understand that Ash doesn't want to, but neither Dallas nor any other crew member provide any ...
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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 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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Do we know where Ridley Scott got the idea for the xenomorph inner-mouth?

The xenomorph inner-mouth is pretty unique, I don't think I've ever seen it or anything similar in any real creature. Do we know if Ridley Scott found inspiration for it anywhere in nature or did he ...
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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 shit-head, you're staying here." So ...
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How smart is the original Ridley Scott Xenomorph really?

In Ridley Scott's 1979 movie 'Alien', after Ripley rigs the ship to self-destruct she proceeds to the escape pod, all the while the ship announcing that it has been rigged to blow and commencing a ...
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What does the button "padme" do in Alien?

Whilst Ripley is launching the Nostromo self destruct, she uses this panel with some interesting buttons: The image is from TypeSetInTheFuture.com. Some of the buttons are: PRANIC LIFT 777 LINGHA ...
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What's the name of the refinery being pulled by the Nostromo?

In the film Alien, what is the name of the huge cathedral-spire refinery being pulled by the "Nostromo"? Unless the tug & refinery are both called Nostromo. We know that the names "Narcissus" &...
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Why Are Synthetics in Alien So Advanced?

According to the MU-TH-UR 6000 Wikia entry, we have the following: The MU-TH-UR 6000, known simply as "MOTHER" was a 182 model 2.1 terabyte AI Mainframe that served as the computer mainframe for ...
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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 exactly was happenning to Ash?

In Ridley Scott's Alien, it is revealed that During this sequence, white fluid starts leaking from his face, and he begins shaking uncontrollably. It is shortly revealed that but there was nothing ...