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Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead.
Lambert: I can't see a goddamn thing.
Kane: Quit griping.
Lambert: I like griping.
Ripley: (eyeing the alien) You are my lucky star. You... Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.
Parker: (referring to the Alien) It's got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don't dare kill it.
Brett: Here kitty, kitty, kitty.
Ripley: (last lines) Final report on the commercial star ship Nostromo, third officer reporting.The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.
Ripley: Come on,cat.
Ash: You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. It's structural perfection is matched only by it's hostility.
Lambert: You admire it.
Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor...unclouded by conscience, remorse or delusions or morality.
Parker: It's a robot. Ash is a god damn robot.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
In order to get the proper reaction from Jones the cat when it sees the Alien, a German Shepherd was used to make the cat hiss.
The original name for the spaceship was Snark. It was later changed to Leviathan but in the end settled with the Nostromo.
The original design for the alien had eyes but the final design never to make the alien look more menacing.
One of the plans for the ending was to have the alien bite Ripley's head off and then speak in her voice to send a message to Earth.
Veronica Cartwright was originally to play Ripley but producers went with Sigourney Weaver.
During production there was a plan to make the alien transparent or at least translucent.
The film was originally supposed to end with Ripley escaping in the shuttle but Ridley Scott wasn't satisfied with it.
The chest bursting scene was filmed in one take with four cameras.
The Alien was played by Bolaji Badejo.
The movie was originally supposed to be directed by Walter Hill, but eventually passed on the project.
The famous tagline for Alien was "In space no one can hear you scream"