Alien³ (1992)

114m, 10,315 feet
35mm film (Kodak 5296), 70mm (blow-up), Panavision (anamorphic), Eastmancolor, 2.20:1 (70mm prints), 2.35:1
70mm 4-Track (on 70mm prints), Dolby SR, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by David Fincher.

Plot Summary

Lt Ripley finds herself stranded on a prison planet when her lifepod crash lands. She and the population of hardened male are forced to take on an alien that hatches from a dog – but Ripley may have even worse problems than she imagined…


Director: David Fincher
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Brandywine production
Executive Producer: Ezra Swerdlow
Producers: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
Co-Producer: Sigourney Weaver
Script: Larry Ferguson, David Giler, Walter Hill
Story: Vincent Ward
Characters: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Director of Photography: Alex Thomson
Editor: Terry Rawlings
Music: Elliot Goldenthal
Sound Recording: Tony Dawe, Bob Renga
Costume Designer: David Perry, Bob Ringwood
Make Up Supervisor: Peter Robb-King Weaver's
Chief Hair Stylist: Colin Jamison
Special Make Up Effects: Greg Cannom
65mm Special Visual Effects: Boss Film
Original Alien Designer: H.R. Giger
Production Designers: Norman Reynolds, Michael White [uncredited]

Sigourney Weaver (Ripley)
Charles S. Dutton (Dillon)
Charles Dance (Clemens)
Paul McGann (Golic)
Brian Glover (Superintendent Andrews)
Ralph Brown (Aaron)
Danny Webb (Morse)
Christopher John Fields (Rains)
Holt McCallany (Junior)
Lance Henriksen (Bishop)
Chris Fairbank (Murphy)
Carl Chase (Frank)
Leon Herbert (Boggs)
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)

Alternative Titles

Alien 3 – alternative spelling
Alien 3 – Die Wiedergeburt – German title

Sequel To
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)

Alien: Resurrection (1997)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
AVPR: vs Predator – Requiem (2007)
Prometheus (2012)
Alien: Covenant (2017)

Extracts Included In
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)

See Also
Waxwork II: Lost In Time (1991)


American Cinematographer December 1992 pp.70-76 – illustrated article (Speeding up the screams in Alien 3 by Ron Magid)
Cineaction! no.30 (Winter 1992) pp.54-62 – illustrated article (Explorations, prosthetics and sacrifice by Carol Moore and Geoff Miles)
Cinefantastique vol.21 no.4 (February 1991) p.12 – production note
Cinefantastique June 1992 pp.8-21 – article
Cinefex no.50 (May 1992) pp.26-53 – illustrated article (Zealots and xenomorphs by Bill Norton)
The Dark Side September 1992 pp.28-29 – review
Empire September 1992 pp.24-25, 60-69 – review (by Kim Newman), illustrated interview with Sigourney Weaver (Return to the forbidden planet by Garth Pearce)
Empire no.32 (February 1992) p.74 – illustrated note (by anonymous)
Empire December 1998 p.156 – review
Films and Filming no.411 (January 1989) p.42 – letter from Jack Fielder asking if there will be a third film; answer from David McGillivray
Films in Review vol.43 no.7/8 (July/ August 1992) – review (by James W. Welsh)
Focus Magazine no.14 (1994) – illustrated article (Containing horror: The Alien trilogy and the abject by Joseph Chien)
Gorezone no.18 p.65 – review
The Hollywood Reporter vol.316 n11 (8 February 1991) pp.1, 55 – article (UK Alien 3 shoot threatened by strike by anonymous)
Impact September 1992 p.26 – review
Interview vol.22 no.6 (June 1992) p.30 – illustrated review (by Henry Cabot Beck)
Interzone no.65, Nov 92) p.32 – review (by Nick Lowe)
Media International Australia no.78 (November 1995) pp.44-47 (Australia) – article (Queer white woman as spectator by Hilary Harris)
Positif no.379 (September 1992) – review
Premiere vol.5 no.7 (March 1992) p.99 – letter (from Chris Epstein questioning whether the newly bald Sigourney Weaver was playing a male or female character in Alien³)
Premiere vol.5 no.9 (May 1992) pp.62-70 – illustrated interview with David Fincher (Mother from another planet by John H. Richardson)
Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992 p.5 – note (Hot snatches)
Satellite Times February 1994 pp.14-15 – illustrated interview with Sigourney Weaver (by anonymous); review of Alien War (by anonymous); illustrated article (by anonymous)
Screen International no.747 (10 March 1990) p.15 – production notes (by Leonard Klady)
Screen International no.761 (16 June 1990) p.11 – production notes (by Leonard Klady)
Screen International no.790 (18 January 1991) p.56 – credits
Screen International no.861 (12 June 1992) p.16 – credits, review by Patricia Dobson
Sight & Sound August 1992 pp.46-47 – credits, synopsis, review
Sight & Sound vol.3 no.3 (March 1993) p.58 – note on UK video rental release (by Mark Kermode)
Sight & Sound vol.3 no.11 (November 1993) p.60 – note about UK video release (by Peter Dean)
Starburst no.165 (May 1992) pp.36-39 – illustrated article (by Stewart Jamieson)
Starburst no.166 (June 1992) p.5 – illustrated production details (by Michael Courtland)
Starburst no.168 (August 1992) pp.7-8, 36-39 – production notes (Alienating by Michael Courtland); illustrated interview with Sigourney Weaver (Three times a lady part 1 by Stewart Jamieson)
Starburst no.169 (September 1992) pp.40-43, 44-46 – illustrated interview with Sigourney Weaver (Three times a lady part 2 by Stewart Jamieson); illustrated review (by Alan Jones)
Starburst no.171 (November 1992) p.50 – illustrated review (by John Brosnan)
Starburst Yearbook 1992 pp.57-61 – illustrated interview with Richard Edlund (Alien 3 effects by Stewart Jamieson)
Starburst Special no.15 (April 1993) pp.9-16 – illustrated interview with David Fincher (David Fincher's Alien 3 nation by Mark Burman)
Variety 25 May 1992 pp.49, 56, 57 – illustrated review (by Brian Lowry)
Video Watchdog no.14 pp.6-7 – review

The A-Z of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films by Howard Maxford p.16 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.9 – credits
Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.200-205 – illustrated credits, review
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes: An Illustrated Filmography, with Plot Synopses and Critical Commentary by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.27-29 – credits, synopsis, review