Alien: Resurrection

1997 American science-fiction film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Alien: Resurrection is a 1997 American science fiction-horror-thriller movie. It was written by Joss Whedon and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It opened on November 26, 1997. The movie is the fourth in the Alien series of movies. It was the first in the series that was not made in England. The music was composed by John Frizzell. It stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.

Alien: Resurrection
Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet
Produced byBill Badalato
Gordon Carroll
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written byCharacters:
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
Joss Whedon
StarringSigourney Weaver
Winona Ryder
Dominique Pinon
Ron Perlman
Gary Dourdan
Michael Wincott
Brad Dourif
Leland Orser
Dan Hedaya
J.E. Freeman
Kim Flowers
Raymond Cruz
Music byJohn Frizzell
CinematographyDarius Khondji
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
November 26, 1997
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$47,795,658 (domestic)
$113,500,000 (international)[1][2]

Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
   Switzerland 12 November 1997 (French speaking region)
  France 12 November 1997
  Canada 26 November 1997
  Philippines 26 November 1997
  Puerto Rico 26 November 1997
  United States 26 November 1997
  Germany 27 November 1997
  Malaysia 27 November 1997
  Netherlands 27 November 1997
  Singapore 27 November 1997
  Austria 28 November 1997
   Switzerland 28 November 1997 (German speaking region)
  Spain 28 November 1997
  United Kingdom 28 November 1997
  Ireland 28 November 1997
  Sweden 28 November 1997
  Belgium 3 December 1997
  Jamaica 3 December 1997
  Denmark 5 December 1997
  Israel 5 December 1997
  Australia 1 January 1998
  Dominican Republic 2 January 1998
  Netherlands Antilles 7 January 1998
  New Zealand 8 January 1998
  Estonia 9 January 1998
  South Korea 10 January 1998
  Bahrain 11 January 1998
  Jordan 11 January 1998
  Poland 12 January 1998
  Czech Republic 15 January 1998
  Slovakia 15 January 1998
  Norway 16 January 1998
  Iceland 23 January 1998
  Thailand 27 January 1998
  South Africa 27 January 1998
  Lebanon 28 January 1998
  Taiwan 28 January 1998
  Slovenia 29 January 1998
  Latvia 30 January 1998
  Russia 31 January 1998
  Mexico 5 February 1998
  Lithuania 6 February 1998
  Romania 6 February 1998
  Hungary 12 February 1998
  Croatia 19 February 1998
  Yugoslavia 19 February 1998
  Hong Kong 26 February 1998
   Switzerland 27 February 1998 (Italian speaking region)
  Italy 27 February 1998
  Portugal 27 February 1998
  Kuwait 4 March 1998
  Finland 6 March 1998
  Paraguay 7 March 1998
  Indonesia 11 March 1998
  Greece 20 March 1998
  Turkey 27 March 1998
  Uruguay 3 April 1998
  Argentina 9 April 1998
  Brazil 9 April 1998
  Chile 9 April 1998
  Peru 9 April 1998
  Japan 25 April 1998
  Colombia 30 April 1998
  Bolivia 11 June 1998
  Ecuador 4 September 1998
  Egypt 10 October 1998


The events of Alien: Resurrection take place two centuries after the events of Alien³. Ellen Ripley has been cloned on the outer space military science vessel Auriga. This is done so they can get the alien queen embryo that was inside her. After taking out the queen embryo, the scientists decide to keep the Ripley clone alive for further study. They raise the alien queen to adult size and collect its eggs for further use. Because of the cloning process, Ripley has several new abilities including enhanced strength, acidic blood, and a link with the aliens.

The Betty, a ship full of mercenaries, comes to the Auriga. It is bringing several kidnapped humans to be used in experiments. The mercenaries meet Ripley. Their youngest member Call (Winona Ryder) recognizes her name and tries to kill Ripley. Call thinks Ripley may be used to create more aliens. Call is too late. The adult aliens have already been created and quickly escape their confinement. Dr. Wren, one of the ship's scientists, tells them that, in an emergency, the Auriga will automatically return to Earth. Knowing that this will free the aliens on Earth, Ripley, the mercenaries, Wren, a surviving marine named DiStephano, and a surviving alien host, Purvis, set out to escape on the Betty and then destroy the Auriga.

As the group makes their way through the damaged ship, several of them are killed by the aliens. The group finds out that Call is an android. Using her abilities to control the damaged ship's systems, they set it to crash into the Earth. They hope that the aliens will be destroyed when the ship crashes. The alien queen from inside Ripley has also gain a new ability. She can give birth to live offspring now. The offspring, which appears more humanoid, sees Ripley as its "mother" and kills the alien queen. Ripley escapes soon after and heads for the Betty.

Ripley and the surviving mercenaries arrive at the Betty. As they launch, the human/alien offspring attacks Ripley and Call. Ripley kills it by using her own acidic blood to burn a hole through part of the ship. This causes the creature to be pulled through the small hole and into the vacuum of space. The survivors escape in the Betty as the Auriga crashes through the atmosphere and down towards Earth.


Despite positive reviews for Sigourney Weaver's and Winona Ryder's performances, the movie is the least successful in the series and was not well liked by the critics.[3] The movie cost $70 million to make, but it earned only $47.8 million in the US. It did earn a total of $161.3 million worldwide.[1][2] However, Winona Ryder won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for her role in the movie.[4]

Screenwriter Joss Whedon was extremely unhappy with the final version of movie. In a 2005 interview, when asked how the movie was different from the script he had written, Whedon said, "It wasn't a question of doing everything differently, although they changed the ending; it was mostly a matter of doing everything wrong. They said the lines... mostly... but they said them all wrong. And they cast it wrong. And they designed it wrong. And they scored it wrong. They did everything wrong that they could possibly do. There's actually a fascinating lesson in filmmaking, because everything that they did reflects back to the script or looks like something from the script, and people assume that, if I hated it, then they’d changed the script... but it wasn’t so much that they’d changed the script; it’s that they just executed it in such a ghastly fashion as to render it almost unwatchable."[5]


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