Alien: Resurrection

November 26th, 1997


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200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/Alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the Aliens.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.2/10 (84,852 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon

200 years after the conclusion of Alien 3, the company is able to resurrect Ripley through the process of cloning and the scientists successfully take the Queen Alien out of her. But, Ripley's DNA gets mixed up with the Queen's and she begins to develop certain alien characteristics. The scientists begin breeding the aliens, but they later escape. Soon the Xeno-morphs are running amok on the ship, which is on course to earth. The Queen then gives birth to a deadly new breed of alien, which could spell disaster for the entire human race. It's up to Ripley and a band of space pirates to stop the ship before it reaches earth.

Writers: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett

Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley
Winona Ryder - Annalee Call
Dominique Pinon - Vriess
Ron Perlman - Johner
Gary Dourdan - Christie
Michael Wincott - Frank Elgyn
Kim Flowers - Sabra Hillard
Dan Hedaya - Gen. Martin Perez
J.E. Freeman - Dr. Mason Wren
Brad Dourif - Dr. Jonathan Gediman
Raymond Cruz - Vincent Distephano
Leland Orser - Larry Purvis
Carolyn Campbell - Carlyn Williamson (Anesthesiologist)
Marlene Bush - Scientist
David St. James - Surgeon

Taglines: Pray you die first.


Official Website: Jeunet & Caro |

Release Date: 26 November 1997

Filming Locations: Long Beach, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $25,789,455 (USA) (30 November 1997) (2415 Screens)

Gross: $161,295,658 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (2003 Special Edition)

Did You Know?

Joss Whedon has commented on his dissatisfaction with the movie. Fans had speculated that the finished article deviated from his original script in some fatal manner, however he put such rumors to rest. His dialogue, action and plot were essentially intact. However he had written with a playful, tongue-in-cheek tone, which didn't work when the director decided to "play it straight". Eventually the Betty and her crew became the prototypes for Whedon's Firefly, which captured the tone he had aimed for in this movie.

Factual errors: Shock waves travel very far in water. In the underwater scene, every human would have been killed instantly from the grenade launcher shot at the alien.

[first lines]
Ripley: [voiceover] My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.

User Review

The Fatal Mistake.

Rating: 6/10

Review 4 of 4

With Alien 3 closing the story arc of the Alien trilogy, this film begins with a fresh slate. The Alien films have always been a director's series but in this film it was the writing that ultimately killed it. Resurrection tries to be too many things at once. It has a very artistic and dynamic visual style, but cardboard characters. It has a very overt sense of humor, but it is all done in a very juvenile manner. Much of the maturity and restraint of the previous three films is thrown out in favor of a more comic book style. The cinematography and set design is gorgeous to the point of decadence. Sigourney Weaver has been given an interesting character to play and does it with a strange sense of detachment that lends more depth to the proceedings than the script ever could. Thinking back, the first three films all had very solid overall stories and well developed characters while Resurrection has a very solid concept but can't seem to build a coherent movie around it. If you follow the overall themes of the series with the first, second and third being birth, life, and death respectively that leaves Resurrection on shaky thematic ground. Since this is Alien: RESURRECTION obviously the filmmakers wished for rebirth to be the theme, but somehow it never quite works. The characters are basically action movie clichés, and the action sequences of the movie are hopelessly contrived. Why does the Alien always stop to snarl before it attacks giving people just enough time to shoot it? Alien 3 did not have this problem and it reinforced how dangerous the creature really was. Resurrection turns the Aliens into monsters from a B-movie. Very few scenes in the film are particularly memorable. Sure, the underwater chase is a nice bit of action derring-do, but there's no real sense of danger...except for the supporting characters you barely know who get killed in the reverse order they appear in the credits. Two fantastic scenes that I wish there were more of in the film are the doctor's examination of the Aliens where he "plays" with them. Now that was a scene of inspired genius. The other scene was when Ripley wakes up in her circular chamber. It is interesting to note that neither of these scenes have any dialogue, because the dialogue is pretty atrocious. Ron Pearlman is always fun to watch and makes a good comic duo with Dominique Pinon, but Winona Ryder absolutely kills this movie with her nonperformance. The effects look less realistic this time out and the score at times seems to try too hard to emulate the second and third films with Goldsmith's original Alien theme being used on several occasions. The film is a brilliant exercise in dynamic visuals but the story really does not go anywhere. Unlike the first three films this one does not take itself seriously at all so the danger level becomes nonexistent. I believe Jean-Pierre Jeunet was an excellent choice for a director but the script served him very badly. This is an interesting film to watch for an interesting scene here and there but not in the same league as the previous films.