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When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.

  1. James Cameron

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Sigourney Weaver

    Sigourney Weaver

    Lieutenant Ellen Ripley

  2. Carrie Henn

    Carrie Henn

    Rebecca "Newt" Jorden

  3. Michael Biehn

    Michael Biehn

    Corporal Dwayne Hicks

  4. Lance Henriksen

    Lance Henriksen

    L. Bishop

  5. Paul Reiser

    Paul Reiser

    Carter J. Burke

  6. Bill Paxton

    Bill Paxton

    Private W. Hudson

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 17m

Budget $18,500,000.00

Revenue $131,060,248.00

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Release Information

  • July 14, 1986
  • July 18, 1986
    R, Theatrical
  • December 2, 2003
    R, Physical



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A review by Patrick E. Abe

By Patrick E. Abe

"Ripley and the Soldiers" can be found in two versions: the short version that cuts from Midway station directly to the Weyland-Yutani hearing, and the "director's cut" which cuts to a waiting room with a wall size "scenery channel" display. When I first saw the short version, I wondered how Ripley was able to make an immediate connection with Newt. "Sister solidarity" sounded bogus, and the "director's cut" cleared up that mystery. The more interesting "director's cut" reveals Newt's family on LV-426, a long discussion on what the surviving Marines are facing, and an action sequence featurin... read the rest.

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