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Components of the Alien costume include Plasticine and automobile parts from Rolls Royce.

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According to Yaphet Kotto, Ridley Scott wanted him to irritate Sigourney Weaver so that there would be tension between them, which was hard on Kotto, who liked Weaver. Kotto also fought with Bolaji Badejo to give credence to his hatred of the creature.
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Harrison Ford refused the role of Captain Dallas.
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Ridley Scott was so inspired by the comics of Jean Girard, alias Moebius, that he based his storyboards on Girard’s art. Those same storyboards convinced Fox to double the budget of the movie.
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Information gathered from TMCDb, IMDb, New York Times.

vicotria lucas host Join Victoria Lucas as our host for Hollywood at Home. Lucas provides historical background and a Hollywood insider's look at our Saturday night films. A film producer and screenwriting consultant, Lucas comes from a family of actors, producers, writers, and directors. Join Lucas each week for fascinating insights to our Hollywood at Home feature.

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Alien, Saturday at 9 p.m.

This 1979 science fiction, horror classic was directed by Ridley Scott, who would go on to produce Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and The Martian (just to name few). The film stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto. The screenplay was written by Dan O’Bannon, with music by Jerry Goldsmith.

Plot Summary
To an audience jaded by twenty-first century special effects, this is no longer the scary movie it once was, but the suspense remains, as do a few surprises. Which is good, because this is a very physical film, not noted for rousing dialog. In fact, most of the dialog was improvised, and it shows. There is lots of running through tubular spaces, whether on the ship or inside a, well, you will have to watch it. A certain amount of fighting, and chasing and sleeping and eating, but not much talking. There are many reasons for watching movies, and this one justifies a few.

Alien offers many incongruities for the modern mind, beyond technological progress, especially for those of us with a literal bent. Why are they smoking on a space ship? A cat? Really? And, surely, there could be a more original name for control central than ”Mother,” especially since it/they/she is willing to sacrifice crew and mission for a piece of the alien. But overall this is a film worth watching, for Sigourney Weaver’s facial expressions, and to see how far the industry has come.

Written by Cicely d’Autremont

Quotes
Parker: "Got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don’t dare kill it."

Lambert: "I can’t see a goddamn thing." Kane: "Quit griping." Lambert: "I like griping."

Ripley: "When we throw the switches, how long before the ship blows?" Parker: "Ten minutes." Ripley: "No bullshit?" Parker: "We ain’t outta here in ten minutes, we won’t need no rocket to fly through space."

Sources: IMDb,Wikipedia,TCMDb

Alien, Saturday at 9 p.m.

Hollywood at Home
Film Trivia with host Victoria Lucas