Trivia: Paul Reiser's character Carter Burke was so immediately hated that during the movie's premiere his sister hit him, and when Burke's death occurred, his mom's response was simply "good."

Trivia: To make the Aliens' blood smoke and burn, the SFX department came up with an idea to put two separate chemicals side by side in bags inside the Alien puppets, on top of the explosives. When the two chemicals mixed together, it created a nasty, acidic burning affect.

Trivia: The name 'Sulaco' was taken from a novel by Joseph Conrad. The name of the novel? 'Nostromo' of course.

Trivia: The woman that plays Vasquez is the same woman that plays John Connor's foster mother in Terminator II. James Cameron, like many directors, likes to use the same actors. Michael Biehn (Hicks) is sent back to save Sarah Connor in Terminator. Vasquez is also in Cameron's Titanic. She is the mother of the two kids in the belly of the ship telling them a bedtime story before they die. She did a pretty good Irish accent then as well. She died in the sequels to Lethal Weapon, Terminator, and Aliens. I see a pattern here.

Trivia: As Ripley is getting out of the atmosphere plant at the end of the film, there's a countdown. If you time it, you find that the plant blows up about a minute and a half ahead of schedule, a pleasant change from the usual direction artistic time works in the movies. [There was a deleted scene from Ripley's solo journey down into the hive where she finds Burke still alive, but knows he's been impregnated and is going to die. After a short conversation, he asks her for a grenade, which Ripley hands her, and as she walks away, Burke pushes the primer on the grenade and kills himself. This could allot for the extra 1-1/2 minutes that was "lost" from the countdown timelimit. The scene was filmed, but not implemented in any release of Aliens, extended or not.]

Trivia: Just an aside - if you look at a lot of the hardware used by the colonial marines it is the same hardware you see used by the humans in The Terminator. Some of the guns, the flash lights (which are just roadside emergency lights) and some of the armour.

Trivia: When Michael Biehn finds Newt, she bites him on his hand. The same thing happens to him in 'Terminator' when he first meets Sarah Connor. It's the same hand he gets bitten on as well. (00:58:10)

Trivia: The SFX department made the M-41a Pulse rifle out of a Thompson sub-machine gun with a Franchi-SPAS 12 shotgun stuck underneath, and was put into a fibreglass shell to make it look futuristic. Because they had to cut off the handle and a large portion of the barrel off of the SPAS 12, it could only carry a maximum of 3 shells.

Trivia: Listen closely at the end of the closing credits, there's a interesting little sound effect after the music ends. If you compare it to the rest of the sound track you may recognize it as the sound of an alien egg opening up and releasing a face hugger. Considering the first few images we see in Alien 3 this could help to explain a few things...

Trivia: Oscar to the editor - when they are landing on LV-426, Acheron colony, the time is on the money - when Apone announces "10 seconds people, look sharp" it is ten seconds exactly - the entire time of landing is real time (yes, bored one night I used a stop watch).

Trivia: Michael Biehn wasn't the original choice for corporal Hicks. James Remar was originally cast, and he had already started filming. He was fired over an incident involving drugs. Biehn was then offered the part and flew over to London straight away. Most of the scenes Remar had already filmed were reshot, but him as Hicks coming into the Hive with the rest of the Marines remains. That featured visual effects which couldn't be re-done, so shots of Remar's face were edited out.

Trivia: James Cameron had a great deal of trouble with primarily British crew at Pinewood studios who worked on the film. Several crew members had worked on the original Ridley Scott film and resented that another director (especially a younger, foreign director) was handling the sequel. Other crew members had issues with Cameron's age, as he was significantly younger than the bulk of the crew, especially as at that time, crews in the UK were accustomed to directors being hired based on age and experience instead of talent. Cameron also had his own issues with the crew, especially as the day was often interrupted for long stretches by union-mandated tea-times. All of this came to a boil when Cameron was forced to fire several people, including the original cinematographer and first assistant director, as they flat-out refused to listen to him and wasted days doing shoddy work that didn't meet his vision. The rest of the crew walked off set out of protest. Cameron and the crew eventually held a multi-hour summit meeting and had to make several compromises in order to get the crew to cooperate.

Trivia: With the exception of Hicks, who is given a first name in the script, the marines all have the same first initial as the actors who portray them (you can see the initials next to their surnames in the corner of their eye cameras). Note of course that 'Bill' (as in Paxton) is short for William. This includes Ferro, whose first initial is given as C (matching the actress Colette Hiller) - Vasquez appears to call Ferro 'mira' at one point when asking who Ripley is. 'Mira' is Spanish for 'look' - she is simply drawing Ferro's attention to Ripley.

Trivia: A number of the character names in Aliens seem to be taken from the book A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan. The book is a non-fiction account of Operation Market Garden during World War II. The people that took part in the battle include Frost, Gorman, and Wierzbowski.

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Trivia: There is a red circular logo on the dropship. Although not visible in the film, it says 'Bug Stomper: We endanger species', as revealed in the extra features.


Trivia: Walter Hill and David Giler's initial story outline given to Cameron as a rough basis to write the script from was written in an amusingly casual and irreverent style, at one point jokingly referring to the space jockey from the first film as "the dental patient." Cameron recalls of their treatment, "I'll never forget this - the outline concluded with the sentence; 'And then some other bullshit happens.'"


Trivia: Reportedly, after filming was completed at Pinewood Studios, James Cameron accosted the crew, who had mistreated him throughout production. He told them (among other things): "the one thing that kept me going, through it all, was the certain knowledge that one day I would drive out the gate of Pinewood and never come back, and that you sorry bastards would still be here." True to his word, as of 2017, Cameron has never shot another film at Pinewood and still refuses to work there.

Trivia: Stephen Lang auditioned to play Hicks, a role eventually filled by Michael Biehn. Over twenty years later, Lang would be cast in Avatar as Colonel Quaritch, ironically a part that Biehn was initially considered for.


Trivia: As the laser is cutting the hatch of the Nostromo's escape pod, you can see the harpoon gun wedged in the door, just like it was when Ripley shot the alien with it at the end of the first film.

Continuity mistake: When the Marines first enter the reactor room, the "Mission Time" readout on the shoulder mounted cameras jumps backwards and forwards in time with every cut. (00:54:10)

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

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Question: If the company knew about the Aliens from the start and coveted them as a bioweapon, why did it take 57 years and the reappearance of Ripley for someone from the company to make another effort to get one? In the intervening 57 years, wouldn't the company have sent someone out to the derelict spaceship wreckage?

Answer: The company doesn't wait 57 years, they built a colony on the planet over 20 years prior to finding Ripley. The company was apparently unaware of the exact location of the derelict spacecraft. After finding Ripley and obtaining information from her, Burke was able to send the Jorden family to the precise location of the derelict spacecraft.

Answer: For me anyway, the company doesn't seem to be as hostile as they do in Alien. Won't surprise me that in 57 years there has been a change in leadership and they are no longer interested in capturing the alien, Burke seems to operating on his own. Minor plot hole ultimately.

Sam Montgomery

I think the original answer is right and they simply didn't know where the crashed ship was located on the planet since the beacon was deactivated and all information was on the Nostromo and with Ripley. They built a colony there to find it eventually, just takes a long time. Until they got lucky and found Ripley. Burke is definitely not working on his own though, they still knew about the aliens and the original idea still remained, capture aliens and bring them back to study.


Yes that's right, because when Ripley has a run in with Burke he says that this specimen is worth millions to the bio weapons division and if we bring it back we will be made for life.

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