It was met with critical acclaim and found box office success, winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, It has been consistently praised in the years since its release, and is considered one of the greatest films of all time.In 2002, Alien was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.The eponymous Alien and its accompanying elements were designed by the Swiss artist H. Giger, while concept artists Ron Cobb and Chris Foss designed the more human aspects of the film.Alien was released on May 25, 1979 in the United States and September 6 in the United Kingdom.
The crew unsuccessfully attempt to remove the creature from Kane's face, discovering that its blood is an extremely corrosive acid. The ship is partly repaired, and the crew lifts off.They discover the signal comes from a derelict alien spacecraft and head inside it, losing communication with Ash.Inside, they find the remains of a large alien creature.After heated discussion, the crew decide the creature must be in the air ducts.Dallas enters the ducts, intending to force the alien into the airlock, but it ambushes him.
The story of her character Ellen Ripley's encounters with the Alien creatures became the thematic and narrative core of the sequels Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997). The commercial space tug Nostromo is on a return trip to Earth with a seven-member crew in stasis: Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Executive Officer Kane (John Hurt), Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Navigator Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Science Officer Ash (Ian Holm) and two Engineers, Parker (Yaphet Kotto) and Brett (Harry Dean Stanton).