Alien3

Alien 3

1992

David Fincher
Director
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Production Company
Brandywine
Production Company

Ripley crash lands on a prison planet with a few remaining prisoners who have founded a religious order. The alien has come along for the ride too.

Possibly the bleakest movie to have come out of Hollywood since the 70s. Relentlessy downbeat movie has extraordinary power though. The DVD release includes a Special Edition, an assemblage of the material as it was intended (although still disowned by Fincher). This version is much, much better, still just as bleak, but at least the narrative works better courtesy of a subplot involving Golic and the alien. So my advice watch the special edition but flip versions for the smelting plant finale as the final shots are more ambitious and carry more resonance.

In hindsight, and I hated this movie the first time around, it is a fitting end to the trilogy, emphasis on the word "end". The subsequent movie, while entertaining enough, is fluffy-bunny-lite in comparison and has plot twists that defy logic. And the less said about the Alien vs Predator match-ups, the better.

See also Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), and Alien: Resurrection (1997).



22nd May 1992
Cinema



114 mins



21st August 1992
Cinema



114 mins


Alien 3
1st June 1999
DVD




2.35:1


6th September 2005
DVD








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Sigourney Weaver
Ellen Ripley
Charles S. Dutton
Leonard Dillon
Charles Dance
Jonathan Clemens
Paul McGann
Walter Golic
Brian Glover
Superintendant Harold Andrews
Ralph Brown
Francis Aaron ("85")
Danny Webb
Robert Morse
Christopher John Fields
Daniel Rains (2nd Victim)
Holt McCallany
Ted "Junior" Gillas
Lance Henriksen
Michael Bishop
Christopher Fairbank
Thomas Murphy (1st Victim)
(as Chris Fairbank)
Carl Chase
Carl "Frank" Ellis
Leon Herbert
Edward Boggs (3rd Victim)
Vincenzo Nicoli
Alan Jude
Pete Postlethwaite
David Postlethwaite
Paul Brennen
Yoshi Troy
Clive Mantle
Clive William
Peter Guiness
Peter Gregor
DeObia Oparei
Arthur Walkingstick
(as Dhobi Oparei)
Philip Davis
Kevin Dodd
Niall Buggy
Eric Buggy
Hi Ching
Company Man
Danielle Edmond
Rebecca "Newt" Jorden
Tom Woodruff Jr.
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Company Cameraman
Marc Boyle
Stunt Coordinator
Simon Crane
Stunts
Nick Gillard
Stunts
Paul Jennings
Stunts
Sean McCabe
Stunts
Rann Miner
Stunts
Valentino Musetti
Stunts
(as Val Musetti)
Mark Anthony Newman
Stunts
(as Mark Newman)