Alien Resurrection (1997)

USA, 1997
35mm film, Super 35 (Kodak), Technicolor, 2.35:1
DTS, Dolby Digital, English

An American science fiction directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Plot Summary

200 years after the events at Fury 3, and on their eighth attempt, a team of scientists succeeds in cloning Ripley from a blood sample taken during her stay in the penal colony. The result is an altogether different Ripley, with incredible strength, black fingernails and enhanced intuition, all inherited from the trace of alien queen DNA mixed in with her own. The driving force behind the experiment, the United System Military, have hired a group of mercenaries to smuggle abducted humans to the laboratory ship for use in their experiments and before long, the aliens are loose and up to their old tricks.


Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
© 1997 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Brandywine production
Produced by: Bill Badalato, Walter Hill, Gordon Carroll and David Giler
Written by: Joss Whedon
Based on Characters Created by: Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett
Director of Photography: Darius Khondji
Film Editor: Herve Schneid
Music by: John Frizzell
Sound Mixer: Richard Bryce Goodman
Costume Designer: Bob Ringwood
Make-Up Department Head: Barry R. Koper
Film Hair Design by: Alan Dangerio
Visual Effects: Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc; Duboi; Blue Sky Studios, Inc.; Blue Sky/VIFX; Vertex International
Production Designer: Nigel Phelps

Sigourney Weaver (Ripley)
Winona Ryder (Call)
Dominique Pinon (Vriess)
Ron Perlman (Johner)
Gary Dourdan (Christie)
Michael Wincott (Elgyn)
Kim Flowers (Hillard)
Dan Hedaya (General Perez)
J.E. Freeman (Dr Wren)
Brad Dourif (Gediman)
Raymond Cruz (DiStephano)
Leland Orser (Purvis)
Carolyn Campbell (anesthesiologist)
Marlene Bush (scientist)
David St. James (surgeon)
Rodney Mitchell (soldier with glove)
Robert Faltisco (soldier shot through helmet)
David Rowe (frozen soldier)
Garrett House, Rod Damer, Mark Mansfield, Daniel Raymont, Chip Nuzzo (soldiers)
Steven Gilborn (voice of “Father”)

Alternative Titles

Alien 4 – working title
Alien: Die Wiedergeburt – German title

Sequel To
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
Alien³ (1992)

See Also
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem (2007)
Prometheus (2012)
Alien: Covenant (2017)

Extracts Included In
HBO First Look: Alien: Resurrection (1997)
The Making of Alien Resurrection (1997)
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)
Alien Evolution (2001)
The Alien Saga (2002)
David Walliams’ Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011)



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