Alien(1979) Movie Review 1/3

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Uploaded on June 12, 2012 by OcpCommunications Powered by YouTube

Part one of my review of the sci-fi horror classic, Alien(1979) starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto. Directed by Ridley Scott. Trivia Originally to be directed by Walter Hill, but he pulled out and gave the job to Ridley Scott. Veronica Cartwright was originally auditioned to play Ripley, but producers opted for Sigourney Weaver. An early draft of the script had a male Ripley, making this one of at least three films where Sigourney Weaver played a character originally planned to be a man. The second is The TV Set and the third is Vantage Point. All of the names of the main characters were changed by Walter Hill and David Giler during the revision of the original script by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett. The script by O'Bannon and Shusett also had a clause indicating that all of the characters are "unisex", meaning they could be cast with male or female actors. However, Shusett and O'Bannon never thought of casting Ripley as a female character. Conceptual artist H.R. Giger's designs were changed several times because of their blatant sexuality. Much of the dialogue was developed through improvisation. The front (face) part of the alien costume's head is made from a cast of a real human skull. During production an attempt was made to make the alien character transparent or at least translucent. Three aliens were made: a model; a suit for seven-footer Bolaji Badejo; and another suit for a trained stunt man. The models had to be repainted every evening of the shoot because the slime used on-set removed the acrylic paint from their surfaces. The rumor that the cast, except for John Hurt, did not know what would happen during the chestburster scene is partly true. The scene had been explained for them, but they did not know specifics. For instance, Veronica Cartwright did not expect to be sprayed with blood. Ridley Scott's 2003 director's cut largely came about when over 100 boxes of footage of his 1979 original were discovered in a London vault. Many of the interior features of the Nostromo came from airplane graveyards. For the awakening from hypersleep segment, Veronica Cartwright and Sigourney Weaver had to wear white surgical tape over their nipples so as not to offend certain countries. To simulate the thrust of engines on the Nostromo, Ridley Scott had crew members shake and wobble the seats the actors were sitting in. H.R. Giger's initial designs for the facehugger were held by US Customs who were alarmed at what they saw. Writer Dan O'Bannon had to go to LAX to explain to them that they were designs for a horror movie. The chestbursting scene was filmed in one take with four cameras. To get Jones the cat react fearfully to the descending Alien, a German Shepherd was placed in front of him with a screen between the two, so the cat wouldn't see it at first, and came over. The screen was then suddenly removed to make Jones stop, and start
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