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Alien³ (1992)

After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor.

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After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the moon LB-426, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and home to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt and Hicks did not survive the crash, a more unwelcome visitor does. The prison does not allow weapons of any kind, and with help being a long time away, the prisoners must simply survive in any way they can. When help does arrive, the true intentions of the Company becomes clear. While living on the prison planet until she is rescued by her employers, Ripley discovers the horrifying reason for her crash: An alien stowaway. As the alien matures and begins killing off the prisoners, Ripley is unaware that her true enemy is more than just the killer alien. Written by Kerwin Tsang <kertsang@yahoomail.com>

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In 1979, we discovered in space, no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we will discover, on Earth, everyone can hear you scream. See more »

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Rated R for monster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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22 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Alien 3  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,141,188 (USA) (25 May 1992)

Gross:

$55,473,600 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Initially Renny Harlin was attached as director, but left to direct Die Hard 2 (1990). Then Vincent Ward came on board, but only lasted a few months before being fired after several disagreements with the producers. The scriptwriter, Walter Hill, was considered to direct the film as well, but he stepped back after David Fincher became available. See more »

Goofs

In the opening, we see a facehugger break through a cryogenic tube and as a result, the facehugger gets cut and we see a small spurt of acid spray onto the floor. The floor then starts dissolving. However, the "floor" is very obviously a piece of styrofoam so that it was easy for the crew to dissolve it with some acetone. See more »

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[first lines]
Computer Voice: Stasis interrupted. Fire in cryogenic compartment. Repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment. All personnel report to emergency escape vehicle launch pod. Deep-space flight will commence in T-minus twenty seconds.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare that plays during the opening studio logo segues ominously into the score of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

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IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)
Written by Rick Evans
Performed by Christopher Fairbank
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A mediocre TV episode
14 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

What would happen if the Alien series had been turned into a TV series? Lots of episodes just like this one. Alien3 breaks no new ground, introduces no new characters, and rehashes rather blandly the plots that preceded it. Predictable, dreary, dismal.

If this is the only Alien movie you've seen and you didn't like it, take heart. Aliens is one of the finest sci fi or war movies ever made, and Alien did for horror what Star Trek did for sci fi.

My advice would be to skip this one unless you, like I, just can't resist finding out what happened in the chapter you were told to avoid all along. Charles Dance (the Doctor) is the only bright spot. A 3 on a scale of 10.


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