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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).

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
22nd May 1992
Cinema

114
21st August 1992
Cinema

114
Alien 3
1st June 1999
DVD

2.35:1
6th September 2005
DVD




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Sigourney Weaver
Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley
Charles S. Dutton
Dillon
Charles Dance
Clemens
Paul McGann
Golic
Brian Glover
Superintendant Andrews
Ralph Brown
Aaron (85)
Danny Webb
Morse
Christopher John Fields
Rains (2nd)
Holt McCallany
Junior
Lance Henriksen
Bishop
Christopher Fairbank
Murphy (1st Victim)
Carl Chase
Frank
Leon Herbert
Boggs (3rd)
Vincenzo Nicoli
Jude
Pete Postlethwaite
David
Paul Brennen
Troy
Clive Mantle
William
Peter Guiness
Gregor
Dhobi Oparei
Arthur
Philip Davis
Kevin
Niall Buggy
Eric
Hi Ching
Company Man
Danielle Edmond
Newt
Tom Woodruff Jr.
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