Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hur
In the distant future, the crew of the merchant spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress call from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon.
After a rough landing, they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature and one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious lifeform when one of the eggs is disturbed. The ship’s computer deciphers the real message and they soon realize that the creature’s life cycle has merely begun. In space, no one can here you scream…
Described as having “the very best eye in the business”, director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, UK. Scott wanted to join the Royal Army but his father encouraged him to develop his artistic talents instead and so he went to West Hartlepool College of Art and then London’s Royal College of Art where he helped found the film department.
In 1962, he joined the BBC as a trainee set designer. Not happy with the money he was getting, he formed an advertising production company, RSA (Ridley Scott Associates), with his younger brother, Tony Scott, in 1967. He spent the next decade making some of the best known and best loved TV adverts ever shown on British television.
The success of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) inspired Scott’s interest in making science fiction and he accepted the offer to direct Dan O’Bannon’s low-budget science fiction horror movie Alien (1979), whose critical and commercial success firmly established his worldwide reputation as a movie director. Blade Runner (1982) followed in 1982 to, at best, a lukewarm reception from both the public and critics, but in the years that followed, its reputation grew – and Scott’s with it – as one of the most important sci-fi movies ever made.
Scott’s movie career has seen a few flops (notably Legend in 1985 and 1492: Conquest of Paradise in 1992), but with successes like Thelma & Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000) and Black Hawk Down (2001) to offset them, his reputation remains solidly intact. Ridley Scott was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in 2003. BAFTA described him as “a visionary director, one of the great British filmmakers whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of cinema”.