Aliens
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[All ammunition has been confiscated.]
Marine: What are we supposed to use? Harsh language?.

[The alien queen advances on Newt.]
Ripley: Get away from her you bitch!

Hudson: Game over man... Game over!

Hudson: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?
Vasquez: No, have you?

Ripley: Newt, look at me. Where are they?
Newt: They're dead! All right? Can I go now?

Ripley: You know Burke? I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.

Ripley: They cut the power.
Hudson: What do you mean "THEY cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

Newt: We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... Mostly.

Bishop: Not bad for a human.

Apone: All right, sweethearts. You heard the man and you know the drill. Assholes and elbows! Hudson, come here! Come here.

Van Luen: Thank you, that will be all.
Ripley: Goddammit, that's not all! You see, if one of those things gets down, then that will be all! Then, all this, this bullshit you think is so important, you can just kiss all that goodbye!

Hudson: How do I get out of this chicken shit outfit?
Apone: You secure that shit, Hudson!

Hudson: Maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

Hudson: Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen.

Ripley: How many drops is this for you Lieutenant?
Gorman: Thirty eight... Simulated.
Vasquez: How many combat drops?
Gorman: Uh, two. Including this one.

Bishop: Believe me, I'd prefer not to. I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid.

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Revealing mistake: When Newt is sliding across the grated floor, Bishop reaches out to save her and you can clearly see he's standing in a hole to make him look cut in half. (02:11:40)

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Trivia: Paul Reiser's Burke was so hated that, when at the film's premiere, Paul's sister actually hit him and when the scene of Burke getting killed was shown, his mom's response was simply, "Good."

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Question: I know that the studio chose James Cameron to direct due to the strength of his script, but why wasn't Ridley Scott offered the chance to direct? And was the studio considering a sequel before Cameron joined?

Dra9onBorn117

Answer: It really was all down to James Cameron having already written the script and proving himself capable of directing with 'The Terminator.' It was just a quicker, easier, and almost certainly cheaper decision to let him direct his own script rather than get someone else, even Ridley Scott. While the producers had wanted to make an 'Alien' sequel almost immediately, at the time the head of 20th Century Fox didn't want to pursue it fearing it would be seen as an obvious cash-in and flop. When a new executive at the studio came in a couple years later, the project was put back on track, and I believe Cameron was the first to be approached to write the script.

TonyPH

Chosen answer: The studio was considering a sequel before Cameron was involved, but regarding directing it, Ridley Scott told "The Hollywood" in a 2008 interview, "They didn't ask me! To this day I have no idea why. It hurt my feelings, really, because I thought we did quite a good job on the first one." The studio liked Cameron's script and at that time he had enough clout to be able to insist on directing it.

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It would have been a gamble to choose Ridley Scott as he had no experience with action films, James Cameron had proved himself with films such as Terminator.

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