"What the hell are we supposed to use, man' Harsh language'"
- Frost (Ricco Ross) after Gorman has ordered the troops to unload their weapons
"They mostly come at night. Mostly"
- Newt (Carrie Henn) on the aliens
"Game over, man! Game over!"
- Hudson (Bill Paxton)
"Get away from her, you bitch!"
- Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) to the queen alien as she attacks Newt
Academy Awards 1986 -
Best Sound Effects Editing
Academy Awards 1986 -
Best Visual Effects: Stan Winston
New York Times - 07/18/1986
"...A flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-em-up show that keeps you popping from your seat....[Weaver] is a one-woman army..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/04/1996
"...Gripping..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 07/09/1986
"...Technically, [the] film is superior in all respects. Special effects are varied and always convincing..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/18/1986
"...Canny, ironically funny and certainly successful when Weaver's around....ALIENS is a perfectly honorable sequel, taut, inexorably paced..."
USA Today - 01/03/1992
"...[A] top-drawer sequel..."
Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ALIEN, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien's planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own. Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival. Considered by many to be the best of the series, ALIENS is a fast-paced, high-intensity thrill ride that set a new standard for action films and cemented director James Cameron's status as one of Hollywood's leading directors following the success of THE TERMINATOR. Weaver received an Academy Award nomination and became a feminist hero for her strong, sensitive performance as the survivor Ripley, while costars Reiser, Henriksen, and Bill Paxton all give career-making performances in this landmark sci-fi extravaganza.
In this cathartic sequel to ALIEN, Ripley is rescued after years of hibernation in space and reluctantly drawn into a second encounter with the deadly xenomorphs, this time as part of a gung-ho platoon of narines. James Cameron's film is truly one of the greatest action movies of all time.