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Alien 3 (1992)

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After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor.



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After escaping from the alien moon, the ship carrying Ellen Ripley crashes onto a remote and inhabited ore refinery. While living in the ore refinery until she is rescued by her employers, Ripley discovers the horrifying reason for her crash: An alien stowaway. As the alien matures and begins to kill off the inhabitants, Ripley is unaware that her true enemy is more than just the killer alien. Written by Kerwin Tsang <kertsang@yahoomail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

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In 1979, we discovered in space no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we will discover, on Earth, EVERYONE can hear you scream. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for monster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alien 3  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)


$55,473,600 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


To create a convincing corpse of the character of Newt, the filmmakers created life size mannequins using the molds of Carrie Henn from Aliens (1986). See more »


(at around 1h 35 mins) After Morse closes the channel door, trapping the alien in the piston chamber, he hollers "I'm going for the lead!" out of sync with his moving lips. See more »


[first lines]
Computer Voice: Stasis interrupted. Fire in cryogenic compartment. Repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment. All personnel report to emergency escape vehicle launch pod. Deep-space flight will commence in T-minus twenty seconds.
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Crazy Credits

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"Alien" + "Aliens" = A Disjointed Mess
26 October 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Alien 3" combines the major elements of the first two entries in the popular series to make a disjointed mess that feels forced and rushed. This time Sigourney Weaver crash-lands her space ship from the last installment on a planet of jailed murderers and rapists. Everyone else on the ship dies and she believes that the alien has hitched a ride with her to this new planet. Of course it has and soon she, and everyone else on the planet, is trying to kill the alien and save themselves. "Alien 3" has the eerie feel of the first film and the in-your-face action of the second. These two elements make the film disjointed. At some points the audience is bored stiff and at other moments they are confused by the outlandish action sequences. The direction is never clear and there is no real screenplay here at all. Weaver tries to carry the film by herself, but she lacks the support that she had for the first two entries. Lance Henriksen only makes a token appearance. Charles Dutton is pretty good, but his character lacks the development to really make him interesting. Everyone else is just present and ultimately the alien proves to be little more than a jack-in-the-box monster that hops out at the most predictable moments. Overall a disappointment that is not very impressive at all. 2 stars out of 5.

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