ALIEN

(adapted from screenplay by Walter Hill and David Giler)
                        
FADE IN. SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE: (circa 2070 AD)
INT. ENGINE ROOM - Empty, cavernous.
INT. BRIDGE Vacant. (roll opening credits)
List of props Two space helmets resting on chairs. Electrical hum. Lights on the helmets begin to signal one another. Data mind bank (mother) in b.g. Electronic hum. A green light goes on in front of one helmet. (*Electronic pulsing sounds*). SCENE 1: INT. BRIDGE Crew awakes from Hypersleep (Dining Room) [All]

Lights come on. 5 gowns hang from the wall. Vault door opens.
Explosion of escaping gas (fog machine). The lid on a freezer pops open.
Slowly, groggily, KANE sits up. Kane rubs the sleep from his eyes. Stands.
Looks around. Stretches. Looks at the other freezer compartments. Scratches.

KANE: Rise and shine, Captain. Another lid pops open. Dallas sits up. DALLAS: I need some coffee.

Others stir. All wear white t-shirts.


SCENE 2: INT. MESS (Kitchen table) [All]

The crew of the United States commercial starship Nostromo
seated around a table. Four men and onw women: Ripley.
(Film in kitchen at night.)

Dallas..........Captain (Brian)
Kane............Executive Officer (Kennon)
Ripley..........Warrant Officer (Amethyst/Octavia)
Ash.............Science Officer (Jason/Jerran)
Parker..........Engineer (Eric)
Jones...........Bear (Tippy Tip)
Mother..........Computer synthesized voice

RIPLEY: I am so cold. They yawn, stretch, shiver. Dallas looks over at a flashing yellow light. KANE: I feel dead. PARKER: You look dead. Kane is not yet fully awake. Yawns. Crew drinking coffee and coke. Tippy tip on table with bowl of food. ASH: Nice to be back. SCENE 3: INT. BRIDGE (Computer room) [ARK: Kane, Dallas, Ripley]

Above eye level the room is ringed by viewscreens.
Kane, Dallas, Ripley, enter (wearing uniforms).
All of them now dressed; they find their way to individual consoles.
Ripley puts down the bear. Sits down. Opens application that shows
location in galaxy.

KANE: Take a look at this. Where's Earth? RIPLEY: That's not even our system. Kane pores over charts. Consults the console. Puzzled. DALLAS: Contact traffic control. Ripley switches on her transmission unit. RIPLEY: This is commercial vessel Nostromo.
Do you read me? Over.


Nothing but the hiss of *static*.

RIPLEY: Nothing. Dallas Turns to Kane. Ripley attempting transmission in b.g. DALLAS: You figure out where we are yet? KANE: We're way out in the boondocks....
Found it. What the heck are we doing out here?


SCENE 4: EXT. NOSTROMO (cg) [X: nobody]

The Factory Starship lumbering with the depths of inter-stellar space.

Function: Petroleum tanker and Refinery.
Capacity: 2000,000,000 tons.
Length: One and one half kilometers.

Battered exterior encrusted with dark sludge.

SCENE 5: INT. ENGINE ROOM (garage) [P: Parker]

Giant reactor system *purring* smoothly.

PARKER in a glass cubicle having a beer.
Huge powerplant stretching before him.
All units on automatic hyper-drive.
Parker hits a switch above his desk. A green light goes on.
(use red green flashlight toy, tools, laptop, fire extinguisher)

RIPLEY: (voice over)
Parker, report to the mess. PARKER: Alright. Hold your horses... SCENE 6: INT. MESS (Kitchen table) [All]

Entire crew present.

DALLAS: Mother is programmed to interrupt
the course of our voyage if certain conditions arise.
They have...
(pause) We've received a transmission from a nearby planet. Somebody's gone down. PARKER: So what? KANE: We're obligated under Section B2 to help... PARKER: Give me a break. We're a commerical ship
This kind of duty's not in our contract.
ASH: You better read your contract.

Dallas gives Parker a look.

DALLAS: We're going in, and that's that.

SCENE 7: EXT. NOSTROMO AND REFINERY APPROACHING THE PLANET SYSTEM [X]

SCENE 8: INT. BRIDGE (Computer room) [ARK: Dallas, Ash, Kane, Ripley]

DALLAS We're coming into range of the planet.
Prepare for separation and orbital insertion of the cargo. Much preparation for separation, etc. DALLAS: activate the probe retract system and disengage. Kane *hits* appropriate switches. *disengage* KANE: Disengaged. Dallas punches buttons of his own. Dallas watches the refinery moving away on a viewscreen. DALLAS: Okay. Our cargo is safe. Let's take it down. The viewscreen shimmers. RIPLEY: Turbulence. Better strap in. SCENE 9: EXT. NOSTROMO [nobody][X]

Engines *coughing* to life. Nostromo begins its descent.
Below night's tide rolls across the planet's surface.
Ship hydroplanes on *turbulence*.

SCENE 10: INT. ENGINE ROOM - CUBICLE (garage) [P: Parker]

Parker strapped in seat.
Begin rocking from the sudden, extreme turbulence.
(fog coming through pipe)

PARKER: Shoot! Overloading.
What the frig are we going through!
(*burst of steam*)nearby There goes the conversion stabilizer. SCENE 11: INT. BRIDGE (Computer room) [ARK: Dallas, Kane, Ripley]

The turbulence continues unabated.
Kane's eyes follow cross-plot gauges.

KANE: Drop begins...now. Fifteen
kilometers and descending... twelve...ten...eight


DALLAS: Lock tractor breams. (*a loud electrical hum*). KANE: Locked. Nine hundred meters and dropping. Eight hundred. Seven hundred. SCENE 12: EXT. PLANET - NIGHT (cg. outside at night) [X: nobody]

Storm blowing across the night-shrouded surface.
The Nostromo hovers on glowing beams of light.
Landing struts *unfold* like insect legs. The ship *slams* down.
Rocks heavily on massive shock absorbers.

SCENE 13: INT. BRIDGE - NIGHT (Computer room) [ARK: Kane, Ripley]

RIPLEY: We're down. An enormous vibration. The panels in the room flash simultaneously. Light go out. Emergency lights come on. Crew knocked around. DALLAS: Engine room, whats going on? SCENE 14: INT. ENGINE ROOM (garage) [P: Parker]

Another *huge vibration*.
An electrical fire breaks out along three control panels.
Another conduit breaks loose.
All lights go out. Red Emergency lighting comes on (flashing).
He grabs hand light from wall.
PARKER: Gosh darn electrical fire, that's what happened! Parker fighting an electrical fire on one of his panels. (fire extinguisher) PARKER: The intakes are clogged. We burned out a whole cell!
  Looks pretty bad. DALLAS: (voice over) How long before we're functional? PARKER: Ten to fifteen hours. Hard to say ... RIPLEY: (voice over) Get started on the panel. I'll be down in 5 minutes. SCENE 15: EXT. SHIP - NIGHT [X: nobody]

The wind sounds. Storm continues to blow around the craft.
A few glittering lights distinguish the Nostromo from
absolute darkness.

Bridge lights come to life.
Illuminate nothing but a patch of featureless ground.
The wind and storm now at a higher pitch.

SCENE 16: INT. BRIDGE (Computer room) [ARK: Dallas, Kane, Ash]

All Slouched around the bridge. Drinking coffee and beer.
Occasionally staring at the opaque screens.

DALLAS: How far from the source of the transmission? ASH: Northeast... about 2000 meters. KANE: I volunteer for going out. DALLAS: I'll go with you. SCENE 17: INT. ENGINE ROOM CUBICLE (Garage) [RP: Parker, Ripley]

Parker (sweaty) *laser welding* one of the ducts (glow stick).
Ripley rewiring one of the panels. (back of old refrigerator, fog)

PARKER: Hey, Ripley, I got a question. RIPLEY: Yeah. PARKER: Do we get to go out on the
expedition or are we stuck here until everything's fixed?
RIPLEY: You know the answer to that. Parker looks at her. *Snaps* on the laser weld. Starts to join another section of the duct. SCENE 18: INT. MAIN AIR LOCK (Garage) [K: Dallas, Kane]

Dallas and Kane enter the lock holding lights.
Standing facing external airlock door (garage door)
All wear gloves, jackets, helmets, backpacks.
Carry laser pistols and/or rifles. *Servo whine*.
Then the inner door slides quietly shut.
The trio pull on their helmets.

DALLAS:(voice over) Alright.
Don't use your weapon unless I say so.
Open the hatch.
External airlock (garage) door *begins opening* to reveal ramp leading down to planets surface. Flood lights point out. *Clouds of dust and steam swirl* before the two crew members. SCENE 19: EXT. PLANET (outside on street) [K: Dallas, Kane]

The trio walk down the gangplank. Arrive at surface level.
Their feet striking onto a thick layer of lava rock.
The *wind at gale force*.

DALLAS: Which way? KANE: Over here. DALLAS: You lead. Kane walks into the storm. Followed closely by Dallas. SCENE 20: INT. BRIDGE (computer room) [ARK: Ripley, Ash]

Ash leaning over his console. (see video on TV)
Watches them beneath him. (show video of Dallas and Kane on computer)

ASH: See and hear you. DALLAS: (voice over) OK. Let's keep the line open.
Ripley enters.
(covered with grease. she just came from working in the engine room).

RIPLEY: Have you tried analyzing the transmission? ASH: Mother hasn't identified it as yet. It's not a language. RIPLEY: I'll give it a shot. ASH: Be my guest. She pushes some button. The noise is now heard on her speaker. (*alien signal noise*) SCENE 21: EXT. PLANET (Play ground) [K: Kane, Dallas]

Kane comes up over a rise (hill before playground) startled by what he sees.
(*hurricane noise*)
Suddenly the transmission is deafening.
(*load alien signal noise*)

KANE: Holy Guacamole... Dallas joins him equally startled. Noise still at shrill pitch. All members of the party shouting into their voice-amps. KANE: Its some kind of spaceship. They move toward the ship. KANE: Looks like an entrance. DALLAS: Yeah... Let's move inside... They climb up to one of the apertures and enter. Go up playground stairs. Cross bridge warily. Come to entrance of yellow playground pod. Shine flashlights on it.
Indicates yellow pod. Looks at Kane.

DALLAS: This is your big chance. KANE: Okay.

 (attach rope)

DALLAS: Be out in less than 5 minutes. OK? KANE: Aye aye. Kane climbs ladder. Enters pod. Switches on his light, points it into the depths. KANE: Hot in here.

DALLAS: (voice over) You okay in there?

SCENE 22: INT. BRIDGE (computer room) [ARK: Ripley, Ash]

Ripley at her console, still working on transmission.
Gets a readout. Looks worried. Speaks into communicator.

RIPLEY: Ash, tell Dallas Mother speculates
that the noise is some kind of warning.
ASH: I can't tell him anything. I've
lost contact. The transmission
around the ship is killing all communications.
SCENE 23: INT. STRUCTURE (playground yellow pod) [K: Kane]

Kane taking Deep breaths due to his exertion.

DALLAS: (voice over) See anything? KANE: Its a Cave or something.
Feels like the tropics...


His beam reveals that he is in a hold.
Row after row of alien extrusions stretch from floor to ceiling.

KANE: This is weird. DALLAS: (voice over) What do you mean? On the floor are rows of purple leathery ovoid shapes. Shines his light on one. (paper mache eggs and silly string/slime) KANE: It looks like an egg. Kane peers closely at the leathery ovoids. Raised areas begin to appear where he touched it. He is mesmerized by the movement. Mouth open in surprise. Object becoming visible within. KANE: incredible... DALLAS: (voice over) What? Viscera and mandible now visible. Kane shines the light inside. With shocking violence, a small creature smashes outward. Fixes itself to his mask. (*Sizzling sound*) The creature melts through the mask. Attaches itself to Kane's face. Kane tears at the thing with his hands. His mouth forced open. He falls backward. DALLAS: (voice over) Kane...Kane can you hear me?

SCENE 24: INT. BRIDGE (Computer room) [ARK: Ash, Ripley, Tippy Tip]

Ripley waiting on the bridge.
Ash stares at his inactive monitors. Suddenly:

ASH: We've got them. They're back on the screens. Ripley presses transmitter. RIPLEY: Dallas. Can you read me? DALLAS: (voice over) We hear you. We're coming back... Kane's injured... I'll need some help getting him in. Ripley stares at the screen. ASH: I'll go. Ash moves from the room. Ripley remains seated at her console. SCENE 25: INT. PASSAGEWAY NEAR AIR LOCK (garage) [All: Ash, Parker]

Ash comes down the steps. Hurries to the inner door lock.
Presses the wall voice-amp. (the house speaker in Eugene's room)

ASH: Ripley, I'm by the inner lock hatch. RIPLEY: (voice over) Okay.

Parker comes running up.

PARKER: What's going on? ASH: Kane got hurt somehow. PARKER: How bad? Ash shrugs. SCENE 26: INT. BRIDGE (computer room) [R: Ripley]

Ripley seated alone in the room.
Dallas appears as a huge image on all screens.
Kane with arm over his shoulder.
(pre-record outside, then show on computer)

DALLAS: (voice over) We're coming up. Open the lock. RIPLEY: What happened to Kane? DALLAS: (voice over) Some kind of organism. It's attached itself to him. Let us in. (pause)

RIPLEY: If we let it in, the ship could be infected. DALLAS: (voice over) Gosh darn it! Open the hatch! RIPLEY: If we bring an organism on board, we won't have
any defenses.
DALLAS: (voice over) Open the frigging hatch! We have to get him inside. SCENE 27: INT. PASSAGEWAY NEAR AIR LOCK (garage) [ARK: Ash, Parker]

RIPLEY:(voice over) I can't. If you were in my
position you'd do the same.
Ash hits the emergency switch (label "override"). A red light goes on. Servo whine. Followed by a solid metallic chunk. (garage door opens) ASH: airlock hatch open. SCENE 28: INT. BRIDGE - NIGHT (computer room) [R: Ripley]

Ripley staring at the console. She can't believe what she sees.
Turns to the viewscreens.
Watches Dallas and Kane enter.

SCENE 29: INT. PASSAGEWAY NEAR AIR LOCK (garage, laundry room)
[All: Ash, Parker, Dallas, Kane]

The servo again turns over. Another clunk.
The outer door has closed. Red light off.
The inner (garage) door opens.
Dallas comes in dragging Kane into passageway (laundry room).
Dallas pulls off his helmet.

DALLAS: Stay clear. Ash and Parker move back. PARKER: Is it alive? DALLAS: We don't know. Take him to the infirmary. Ash and Parker move in carefully to help with the limp burden. SCENE 30: INT. INFIRMARY [All: Dallas, Ash, Kane, Ripley, Parker]
(Kane lies on kitchen island)
  ...The life form slowly pulsing on Kane's face.
Dallas hesitates, then puts his hand on the small Creature.
Tries to pull it free. Unsuccessful.
The Alien remains anchored to Kane's tissue.

ASH: Let me try. Ash takes a pair of pliers from a rack. Carefully grasps the tip of the Creature. Squeezes tightly. Leans back. DALLAS: You're tearing his face. A trickle of blood appears on Kane's cheek. PARKER: It's not going to come off without
pulling his whole face off at the same time.
DALLAS: Let mother work on him. Ash presses a switch. The machine lights up. Kane is sucked into a slot on the wall. Visible inside through the glass layer. A blinding colored light performs antisepsis. Two video monitors pop on. (cardboard box over head. Computer monitor) ---- Ripley enters ---- Dallas turns and looks at her. A long moment. DALLAS: When I give an order, I expect
it to be obeyed.
RIPLEY: Even if it's against the law? DALLAS: Yes. ---- SCENE break ---- Ash turns attention to the instrumentation (laptop). PARKER: How the heck is he breathing? They study the monitors. ASH: His blood is thoroughly oxygenated. DALLAS: How? His nose and mouth seem to be blocked. Ash punches three buttons. An X-ray image appears. The creature has extruded a long tube down his mouth and throat. The appendage ending at the base of the esophagus. --------- PARKER: It's got something down his frigging throat.
(points)

ASH: That must be how its getting oxygen to him.
PARKER: Let's kill it. We can't leave the
darn thing on him.
ASH: I don't know. At the moment the
Creature is keeping him alive.
If we remove it we might kill him.
DALLAS: I don't think so. Let's take the
chance and cut it off him.
Dallas and Ash slip on surgical gloves. (rubber gloves) Presses a switch, Kane slides back out of the booth. DALLAS: Give me the knife. Ripley takes a surgical laser blade from the case (glowstick). Carefully passes it to Dallas. He manipulates the knife until he has a comfortable grip. Flicks a small button with his thumb. The blade begins to hum. Dallas advances on Kane's prostrate form. Touches the scalpel to the Creature. The electronic blade slices effortlessly downward. Suddenly a urine-like fluid (apple juice) begins to drip from the wound. DALLAS: Its starting to bleed. The liquid flows onto the bedding next to Kane's head. Starts to (* hiss *). Smoke curls up from the stain. Next the yellow fluid eats a hole through the bunk bed. Then drips onto the deck below. Metal (* bubbling and sizzling *). More smoke rising, sending the crew into a coughing jag. The crew jostle their way out of the cabin. Huddle in the passageway outside, still coughing. Dallas frantically applies pressure to the wound. In the process, some of the fluid gets on Dallas's gloves. They begin to smoke. Dallas leaps back, pulls them off. All run out into the corridor.

 SCENE 31: INT. PASSAGEWAY OUTSIDE INFIRMARY [All: Parker, Ripley, Ash, Dallas]
(dining room)
PARKER: Shoot! I hope it doesn't burn through the hull...

He starts to run for the companionway. Ash goes with him.
Ripley and Parker move cautiously down the passageway.
Look up to the ceiling bulkhead.

 SCENE 32: INT. BRIDGE (computer room) [R: Ripley, Dallas]

RIPLEY: What's happening? ASH: (voice over) The acid made to C level. I think it's lost steam now. No longer active. I've never seen anything like it, except molecular acid... PARKER: (voice over)
and this thing uses it for blood.
DALLAS: Wonderful defense mechanism.
You don't dare kill it.
RIPLEY: Let's go back and check on Kane SCENE 33: INT. INFIRMARY (kithen island) [ARK: Dallas, Ash, Kane, Ripley]

They return. Kane still motionless on the bunk.
However, the Alien is no longer on his face.
Helmet on, but melted hole visible.
Dallas approaches, peers at Kane's head.

DALLAS: It's gone! Kane's prone form. The Alien is no longer on his face. Kane still unconscious, but continues to breathe. Face covered with sucker marks (use lipstick). RIPLEY: The door was closed.
It must still be in here.
DALLAS: Maybe we can catch it.

Dallas begins moving slowly around the room.
Picking up a stainless steel tray. Looking.
Ash and Ripley do the same.
Ripley bends down and peers under the bunk. Nothing.
She stands (near refrigerator).
Doesn't see the Alien on a ledge above her.
Her shoulder brushes against the Creature.
It drops on her. She screams. Twists.
The Alien drops to the floor. Then lies motionless.
Its skin faded to a dead-looking grey.
Ripley doesn't raise her eyes from the Creature.
Ash prods the Alien. No response.

ASH: It's dead. (looks to Ripley) You okay?

RIPLEY: Yeah.

She carefully touches the Creature with a metal probe (tongs).
Fishes the motionless life-form into the tray.
Quickly closes the lid.
Lifts it onto island next to Kane.
Ash touches the Alien with a surgical instrument.

RIPLEY: Let's get rid of it.

ASH: This has to go back. This is our first contact with a
specimen like this. All kinds of tests need to be run.


DALLAS: You're the science officer. It's your decision.

ASH: Then it's made... I'll seal it in a stasis tube.

RIPLEY: What about Kane?

Ash turns back to the bunk.
Studies the life support gauges.
Kane continues to breathe steadily.

ASH: He's Running a fever. And still unconscious.
Who knows, he may make it.


Ash begins to seal the Alien in a large vacuum tube.
(large tuperware container)
Ripley turns and walks away.

SCENE 34: INT. COMPUTER ANNEX (computer room) [R: Ripley, Dallas]

RIPLEY: How could you leave that kind
of decision to him?


DALLAS: I just run the ship. Anything
that has to do with science division, Ash has the final word.


RIPLEY: I don't trust him.

DALLAS: I don't trust anybody... What's holding up repairs.

RIPLEY: We're pretty much finished now.
We're still blind on B and C decks though.


DALLAS: We can take off without them.
I want to get out of here.


SCENE 35: EXT. PLANET - SUNRISE [X: nobody]

The Nostromo's engines roaring.
Belching out streams of superheated air.
The starship vibrates. Begins to surge forward.

SCENE 36: INT. BRIDGE - SUNRISE (computer room) [R: Ripley, Dallas]

The crew at their posts.
An (*electrical hum*) permeates the air.
The pitch of the hum changes. The ship levels itself.

RIPLEY: Retract leading struts.

DALLAS: Take us up Ripley.

RIPLEY: One kilometer on ascension.

The (*pitch of the engines changes... deepens*).
Outside the screens, clouds, clouds, clouds.
Another tremor runs through the ship.
The crew's eyes riveted to their instruments.

DALLAS: Let's pick up the cargo and go home.

SCENE 37: EXT. NOSTROMO [X: nobody]

The ship clears the top of the cloud layer.
Bursts out into star-sprinkled space.
Trailing a wake of glimmering dust flecks.
Attaches itself to the hovering refinery.

The Nostromo now at light speed.
Preceptible movement in the surrounding universe.
A corona effect emerges.
Stars approaching the Nostromo appear blue.
Receding stars going to amber.
Redshift, made visible because of the craft's velocity.

SCENE 38: INT. MESS (kitchen table) [RP: Parker, Ripley, Dallas]

Parker, Dallas and Ripley around the table.
Drinking coffee.

PARKER: The best thing to do is just to
freeze him. He can get a doctor when we get back home.


DALLAS: Kane will have to go into quarantine.

RIPLEY: Yeah. And so will we.

DALLAS: How far to Earth.

RIPLEY: According to my calculations
It'll take us six weeks to get back on course.


DALLAS: Crud...

(* Beep *).

DALLAS: Dallas.

ASH: (voice over)
Come and see Kane right away...

Dallas, Ripley, Parker exit headed toward infirmary.

SCENE 39: INT. INFIRMARY [All]

What they see is...Not what they expect.
Kane is sitting up in bed...wide awake (helemt next to him).
They enter...

DALLAS: Kane...Are you all right?

KANE: Mouth's dry...can I have some water.

Instantly, Ash brings him a plastic cup and water.
Kane gulps it down in a swallow.

DALLAS: How do you feel?

KANE: Terrible. What happened to me?

ASH: You don't remember?

KANE: Don't remember anything. I can barely remember my name.

PARKER: Do you hurt?

KANE: All over. I feel like somebody's
been beating me with a stick. (smiles) I'm so hungry.


PARKER: We're Getting ready to go back into the freezers.

KANE: I'm starving. I want some food first.

DALLAS: OK. One meal before bed.

SCENE 40: INT. MESS [All]

The entire crew is seated.
Hungrily swallowing huge portions of artificial food.
(colored mashed potatoes, glasses of water in plastic cups, etc)
The bear eats from a dish on the table.

KANE: First thing I'm going to do when
we get back is eat some decent food.


RIPLEY: Jeez, you're pounding down this
stuff like there's no tomorrow.


Pause. Suddenly Kane grimaces.

DALLAS: What's wrong?

Kane's voice strains.

KANE: I don't know... I'm getting cramps.

The others stare at him in alarm.
Suddenly he makes a loud groaning noise.
Clutches the edge of the table with his hands.
Knuckles whitening.

ASH: Breathe deeply.

Kane screams.

KANE: Oh God, it hurts so bad.
It hurts. It hurts.
(stands up)
Ooooooh.


PARKER: What is it? What hurts?

Kane's face screws into a mask of agony.
He falls back into his chair.

KANE: Ohmygooaaaahh!

A red stain. Then a smear of blood blossoms on his chest.
The fabric of his shirt is ripped apart.
A small head the size of a man's fist pushes out.
The crew shouts in panic. Leap back from the table.
The cat spits, bolts away. The tiny head lunges forward.
Comes spurting out of Kane's chest trailing a thick body.
Splatters fluids and blood in its wake.
Lands in the middle of the dishes and food.
Wriggles away while the crew scatters.
Then the Alien being disappears from sight.
Kane lies slumped in his chair. Very dead.
A huge hole in his chest.
The dishes are scattered.
Food covered with blood.
The crew is stunned

PARKER: What was that? What the frig was that?

RIPLEY: It was growing in him the whole
time and he didn't even know it.


ASH: It used him for an incubator.

DALLAS: Looks like we've got another one...
And it's loose on the ship.


Slowly they gather around Kane's gutted corpse.
Then they all look at one another.
Then at Kane. Dead on the table.

SCENE 41: INT. CORRIDOR - "A" DECK (foyer) [All]

Empty. Parker descends companioway.
He joins Ash, Ripley and Dallas.

DALLAS: Any signs?

ASH: Nothing.

RIPLEY: We can't go into hypersleep with that thing running loose.
We'd be sitting ducks in the freezers. We have to kill it first.


ASH: We can't kill it. If we do, it
will spill its body acids right through the hull...


RIPLEY: We have to catch it and eject it from the ship.

DALLAS: First we've got dispose of Kane's body.

He looks at Kane's body through mess doorway.

SCENE 42: INT. MESS (kitchen table) [All: Ash, Ripley, Dallas, Parker]

The crew is assembled. Mess is clean again.

RIPLEY: I've checked on the supplies.
We can stay out of hypersleep for 2 days.


ASH: Then We run out oxygen.

DALLAS: All right, that's what we've got.
Two days. It's enough.


RIPLEY: How do we find it? There's no visual
communication on B and C decks.


DALLAS: We're going to have to flush it out.
Room by room, corridor by corridor.


SCENE 43: INT. BRIDGE (computer room) [All: Parker, Ash, Dallas, Ripley]

The crew has assembled.
Brett unfolds several yards of asbestos netting.
Hands out five thin rods.
Each of them like metal broom handles (light sabers).

PARKER: I put portable generators in each of these.

He touches the tip to a metal object. A blue (*spark*) leaps.

RIPLEY: Great. Now if we could only find it.

Ash picks up a portable unit.

ASH: I've taken care of that. This is a tracking device.
It hasn't much range but when you get within
a certain distance it starts beeping.


Ripley takes the tracker (laser tag gun) from Ash's hand.

DALLAS: We'll break into two teams.
Whoever finds it first catches it in the net and ejects
it from the nearest air lock.


Parker turns on his unit. Scans it around the room.

SCENE 44: INT. PASSAGEWAY - "A" LEVEL [AR: Dallas, Ash]
(upstairs hallway)
Ash and Dallas carry the (cargo) net.
Ash carrying the tracking device.
He continually scans from side to side.
Dallas stops by a stairwell.

DALLAS: Anything down there?

SCENE 45: INT. ANOTHER PASSAGEWAY - "B" LEVEL [RP: Ripley, Parker]

Parker and Ripley move silently along (TV room).
Ripley ahead of them with the tracker (toward kitchen).

RIPLEY: Nothing.

They move on. A small light flashes.

RIPLEY: Hold it. I've got something.

Parker grows tense.
Start looking around.

PARKER: Where's it coming from?

Ripley peers closely at the tracker.

RIPLEY: Its close. This way.

Looks at the tracker.
Nods down the passageway.
They begin to walk in that direction.
Entering drab section of the ship.
Surrounded by deep shadows (flourescent only).
Footsteps clanging on the metal deck.

RIPLEY: Oh look. Its just Jones. Hi Jones.

Both relax. Ripley begins to move past Jones.
As Parker moves slowly past pantry, Alien head and
hand are visible moving toward him. Hand grabs
Parker by the neck. Ripley attempts to use the
prod on the Alien, but it has no effect.
Parker screams. To no avail...
In the doorway Ripley. She witnesses the horror.
Parker pulled into the pantry.

SCENE 46: INT. MESS (kitchen table) [AR: Ripley, Dallas, Ash]

The remaining crew assemble. Long faces. Scared.

ASH: Now what?

RIPLEY: We can't shoot it.
At its present size it's holding enough acid to
tear a hole in this ship as big as this room.


ASH: According to Mother, its a primitive form of encephalopod...

DALLAS: How do we kill it?

ASH: It seems to have adapted to this environment.
The only thing we don't know about is temperature.


RIPLEY: All right. What about fire?

ASH: Let's give it a try. Most animals retreat from fire.
I can hook up a couple of incinerating units.


DALLAS: OK. get on it Ash.

Ash nods and leaves.

RIPLEY: I think Ash is Lying. He knows more.

DALLAS: Why should he lie?

RIPLEY: Just a feeling I have.

SCENE 47: EXT. OUTER SPACE [X: nobody]

Nostromo at light plus four.

SCENE 48: INT. COMPUTER ANNEX (Computer room) [AR: Ripley, Ash, Dallas]

(private voice dialog between Ripley and mother)
Data banks come to life. She sits at a console.
Thinks for a moment. Then punches up a code.
Nothing happens. Punches another combination.
Nothing happens. Frustration.
Another combination. One screen comes to life.

MOTHER: Hello Ripley.
RIPLEY: Is Ash protecting the Alien?
MOTHER: Yes.
RIPLEY: Why?
MOTHER: SPECIAL ORDER 937. SCIENCE EYE'S ONLY.

Ripley starts a new code.
Ash mysteriously appears sitting next to Ripley.
She whips around in her chair. Faces Ash.

ASH: Too bad. Now you have to die.

He reaches out to strangle Ripley.
Ripley lashes out with her foot.
Kicks him in the middle. No effect. Ripley twists away.
Ash throws a punch at her. Misses. She pushes a chair at him.
Runs through bridge into bedroom.
He moves after her. Gets her hair.
Dallas bursts into the Mess hall.
Dallas falls on Ash's back. Ash turns to Dallas.
Tosses him across the room. Returns to Ripley.
Again choking her. Dallas lifts the tracker.
Steps behind Ash. Swings the tracker...Wallop.
Wires exposed.
Ash's hands release Ripley.

DALLAS: A robot! a frigging Droid...

Ash turns on him. Starts to advance.
Dallas hits him again with the tracker...
Again. Again. No avail.
Ash begins choking Dallas.
Ripley picks up one of the prod sticks.
Closes on Ash's back. Tears away the fabric.
Ripley tears at the controls buried in the cavity once
covered by his head. Dallas's eyes bulge in pain.
Ash, headless, choking, choking, choking...
Ripley finds the wires, stabs the prod home...
Ash's grip lessens. Another stab...electrical flash...
The grip lessens...
Another stab...flash of circuits. The headless body collapses.
Dallas trying to regain his breath.
Dallas kicks the headless body. Dallas looks at Ripley.

DALLAS: Tell me...What the heck's going on?

RIPLEY: Let's find out. Wire him back up.

DALLAS: Are you kidding?

RIPLEY: Do it.

They set to work.
Begin to reassemble the wiring in Ash's head.

SCENE 49: MESS (Kitchen table) [AR: Ripley, Ash, Dallas]

Ash's head is placed on the table.
(Head through hole in cardboard in middle of table)
Power cord in powerstrip. Wires exposed
His eyes flicker into consciousness.

RIPLEY: What is Special Order 937?

ASH: You know I can't tell you that.

RIPLEY: Then there's no point in talking
to you. Pull the plug.


ASH: Special Order 937 asked me to direct the ship
to the planet, investigate a life form,
and bring it back for observation.


RIPLEY: How do we kill it?

ASH: I don't think you can. But I might be able to.

RIPLEY: How?

ASH: I don't know quite yet.
I'm not exactly at my best at the moment.
If you would reconnect...


RIPLEY: No way. We've had enough of your help.

Ripley pulls the plug and exits to the bridge.
Ashes eyes go dark.

SCENE 50: INT. PASSAGEWAY - "B" LEVEL [R: Dallas, Ripley]

Dallas and Ripley armed with flame-throwers.
Master bedroom. Alien in walk-in closet.
Suddenly both tracking devices beep frantically.
(*Sound of rending metal*) up ahead. They move forward cautiously.

DALLAS: It's in that food locker.

outside FOOD LOCKER NUMBER 7 More (*rending noises*).

RIPLEY: Jeez. It must be huge.

DALLAS: It's got to be using the airshafts to move around...

Dallas raises flamethrower. Dallas indicates door handle.
Ripley reluctantly takes it.

DALLAS: Now!

Ripley wrenches open door. Dallas fires a long blast. Another.
Another and another...Silence. They move inside...

SCENE 51: INT. FOOD STORAGE LOCKER NUMBER 7 - "B" LEVEL [R: Ripley, Dallas]

Charred wreckage. Packages have been ripped to shreds.
Foodstuffs scattered over the floor.
Carefully, they poke through the smouldering garbage.

RIPLEY: We didn't get it.

DALLAS: This is where it went.

On ceiling. Ventilator shaft entrance ripped open.
They move to the shredded ventilator (crawl space entrance in closet).
Shine their lights inside the shaft.

DALLAS: This could work for us.
The duct comes out at the air lock.
Then we drive it into the air lock and blast it into space.


RIPLEY: Yeah. All you have to do is
crawl in the vent with it, and hope it's afraid of fire.
I say we load the remaining oxygen into the shuttle and blow up the ship.


DALLAS: We have it cornered now.
Lets make one last effort to save the cargo.
Cover the air lock. I'm going into the shaft.


SCENE 52: INT. STARBOARD AIR LOCK - VESTIBULE (Eugenes room) [R: Ripley]

Ripley stands in vestibule. Looks through the Bulkhead door to air lock.
She throws a switch.
Watches airshaft entrance into air lock open. The trap is ready.

RIPLEY: Air lock open.

SCENE 53: INT. AIR SHAFT (upstairs hallway) [D: Dallas]

Dallas begins to crawl forward. The tunnel is narrow...
Only a foot or two wider than his shoulders.

DALLAS: I'm under way.

Turns a corner. Several more tight turns.
Ahead the shaft takes an abrupt downward turn.
He moves toward the corner.
Fires another blast from the flamethrower.
Then starts crawling down, head first.

SCENE 54: STARBOARD AIR LOCK - VESTIBULE (Eugenes room) [R: Ripley]

Ripley sees something on the tracker.

RIPLEY: Beginning to get a reading on you.

SCENE 55: INT. AIR SHAFT [D: Dallas]

Dallas against a wall of the shaft.
Clutching his flamethrower.
Moves forward. Reaches a repair junction. Sits.

DALLAS: Ripley, what kind of reading are you getting?

RIPLEY: (voice over)
I'm not sure. There seems to be some kind of double image.



Dallas stops. Turns around, then forward again.
Alien slowly rises up behind him.
Alien reaches down and gets him. The Alien was the front signal.

SCENE 56: INT. AIR LOCK VESTIBULE [R: Ripley ]

Ripley bends forward. Hears the sounds of the struggle...
And Dallas' screams. She cries out.

RIPLEY: No! Dallas... Dallas...

SCENE 57: INT. AIR LOCK - NARCISSUS [R: Ripley]

Ripley loading oxygen tanks onto the Narcissus (shuttle).
(Throws water bottles into the trunk of the avalon)

RIPLEY: That's all the oxygen.
Jones. Where's Jones?


(runs back into house)

SCENE 58: INT. BRIDGE (Computer room) [R: Ripley]

Jones lying on Dallas' computer console.
Ripley comes in. Smiles.

RIPLEY: Jones. You're in luck.

She gets the bear and puts him in pressurized box (Brian's lunchbox).
She gets up, then stares at the computer, thinking.
Logs into computer.

MOTHER: Hello Ripley.

RIPLEY: Executive override alpha sigma bravo.
Shut down the cooling units for the light-plus engines.

 

MOTHER: Are you sure Ripley? The engines will overheat.

RIPLEY: Yes! Do it now!

MOTHER: Very well....
 
Sirens begin to honk. Mother speaks.

MOTHER: Attention. The cooling units for
the light-plus engines are not
functioning. Engines will over-
load in four minutes, fifty seconds...

SCENE 59: INT. OILY CORRIDOR - "C" LEVEL [R: Ripley]

Ripley running toward the "B" deck companionway.

Ripley starts toward Narcissus (runs downstairs).
Has Jones in box, holding flamethrower.
Ripley stops, and stares down corridor toward Narcissus.
The Narcissus berthed beyond.
She drags Jones and raises the flamethrower.
Turns to see if the Creature is behind her.
Then advances down the passageway.
Goaded on by the computer.

MOTHER: Attention. Engines will explode
in two minutes, ten seconds.

SCENE 60: INT. NARCISSUS (garage) [R: Ripley]

Ripley enters (Avalon) on the run.
Hurls the bear box toward the front.
She dives into the control chair.
Hits the "launch" button.

MOTHER: Attention. The engines will explode in ninety seconds.

Ripley frantically straps herself in.
G-forces from the shuttles acceleration pulling against her.

Ripley finishes strapping herself in.
Presses button to open airlock (garage door)
Reaches and grabs the bear box. The bear yowling within.
Ripley hugs the box to her chest. Backs out of garage.

SCENE 61: EXT. SPACE [X: nobody]

The Nostromo drifts farther away from the shuttle-craft.
Finally becomes a small point of light. Then it blows up.
Transforms into expanding orange fireball.
Pieces of metal flying in all directions.
And then the refinery explodes.
200,000,000 tons of fuel blasting silently into the cosmos.

SCENE 62: INT. NARCISSUS (Avalon) [R: Ripley]

The shockwave hits the shuttle craft. (Shake car)
Jolting and rattling everything within. Then all is quiet.
She looks out the side window. Face bathed in orange light.
Then, behind her, the lethal hand emerges from deep shadow.
The Alien has been in the shuttle-craft all along.
The bear yowls. Ripley whirls. Finding herself facing the **Alien**.
Ripley's smashes the alien on the head with the flamethrower.
Stuns it momentarily.
Ripley pulls on the helmet, latches it into place.
Presses the button to open the hatch (avalon rear door).
Hatch opens, air whooshes out. Alien sucked out into space screaming.
Ripley presses another button.
Hatch (Avalon rear door) closes - shutting out noise.
Ripley stumbles forward to the controls. Pushes the ram jet lever.

SCENE 63: EXT. NARCISSUS - OUTER SPACE [X: nobody]

The Creature struggling.
Jet exhaust located at the rear of the craft.
The engines belch flame for a few seconds. Then shut off.
Incinerating, the Alien tumbles slowly away into space.

SCENE 64: INT. NARCISSUS - LATER [R: Ripley]

Now repressurized.
Ripley is seated in the control chair.
Calm and composed, almost cheerful. Jones in her lap.
She dictates into a recorder.

RIPLEY: I should reach the frontier in another three weeks.
...
This is Ripley, executive officer,
last survivor of the commercial
starship Nostromo signing off.


She switches off the recorder. Stares into space.
THE END