Alien 3

Alien 3 (1992)

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Corrected entry: The warden said all prisoners had double Y chromosomes. One of the effects of double-Y is that you are above average height, but most of the prisoners were shorter than Ripley.

Correction: Jacob's syndrome, or XYY syndrome, affects about 1 in every 1,000 males. Some may be taller than average but that is not always the case. In fact most males with XYY syndrome don't have any distinguishing physical features. It should also be noted that Sigourney Weaver is 1.82 metres or 6.00 feet tall, which is above average anywhere.

Corrected entry: When Ripley is falling into the molten metal, the sound of the splash occurs before she actually hits it. (01:47:25)


Correction: I don't hear any splash at all. Perhaps you're confusing the sound with the music that plays while Ripley is falling.

Ripley doesn't fall into molten metal, she falls into a furnace.

Corrected entry: In the other alien movies the chestburster's head is not yet formed the way the warriors' heads are, yet the chestburster from the dog (or, in the director's cut, the ox) has its head shaped like the warriors' heads, not the heads of the chestbursters seen in the other movies.

Correction: Ripley mentions in a scene in the medical bay that this alien is different to the others (possibly because it gestated in a dog/ox rather than a human), so the fact that it's at a different stage of development when it's 'born' simply supports this further.


Corrected entry: Early in the film, Ripley asks Clemens to get her a "computer with audio capabilities". He replies that they've got nothing like that in the prison. However, later during the big chase sequence through the tunnels, we repeatedly hear a computer voice giving out audio information when doors are opened and closed (such as "Door B, Channel 7, safe" etc.).

Correction: Audio capability doesn't mean the ability to repeat a few phrases in a parrot-like fashion in response to certain obvious events. What Ripley needs is something with the capability to interpret the black box recording from the Sulaco and respond in an intelligent fashion to questions. Hence, in the end, her decision to locate and reactivate Bishop, who has the circuitry to do the job.


Corrected entry: At the end of Alien 3, just before the credits, (I don't know if this is in the Special Edition), inside the EEV there's a recording of Ripley saying that she is the last survivor of the Nostromo, and that all the crew are dead. How can this be if the Escape Ship from the Nostromo and the Escape Ship from the Suloco are completely different ships.

Correction: Near the beginning of Aliens, Gorman encourages all of the Marines to look over Ripley's report in the Sulaco's computer. Ripley's recording from the Nostromo was part of this file and some part of the computer's memory was on the Sulaco EEV.


Corrected entry: Something to note about the "dog" alien. Not only does it run around on all fours, and as Ripley says "it's different then the others", in one scene it does in fact act like an adolescent dog. I'm not trying to be vulgar or anything like that, but in the scene where they are leading the alien around, it has killed someone. It looks like it's eating that person, but what it's really doing is has mounted the person the same way a young dog will mount a pillow and "go to town."

Michael Westpy

Correction: That's not true at all. The alien is eating and ripping at the prisoner. You can see that it's tearing at the prisoner, since the body is flailing as if being mangled. It also isn't remotely close enough to be grinding against the dead body, and a 'making of' feature on the film even states that they had to use the model puppet and add it into the film later to simulate the alien 'eating and tearing at its meal'. The Alien may take on certain characteristics of its prey, but NOT such behaviors.


Corrected entry: What happened to the dude in the straightjacket in the infirmary? After Ripley finished talking to 'glorified toaster' Bishop, Prisoner Golic is carried into the infirmary in a straightjacket, accused of killing his prison mates. A few scenes later, when Ripley is talking with Clemens and the alien takes him out, Ripley runs to the mess hall where the meeting takes place and of course, Andrews gets taken out. You never see Golic again.

Correction: There's a deleted scene in which Golic escapes confinement, kills the prisoner guarding the toxic waste room and releases the alien which kills him. Not a mistake corrected by a deleted scene, it's just something we didn't see happen.

Corrected entry: One of the prisoners says there's no freezers for ice cream, but in the morgue, when the girl's drawer is opened, you can plainly see the vapour that comes from a freezer; they could easily keep the ice cream and lots of other goodies in the morgue freezers.


Correction: Morse doesn't say they have no way to store ice cream, he says they don't have any ice cream full stop. There isn't any ice cream on the planet, irrespective of the fact they have freezers in the morgue.

Corrected entry: This mistake is slightly different from how the eggs actually got onto the Sulaco (that mistake was already addressed in another post). In all other movies, the eggs were 'hatched' by some sort of movement or trigger. Since what was left of the crew was in stasis, they were completely motionless and would not have triggered the egg to open up.


Correction: And yet there are also a number of instances throughout the movies where nearby movement doesn't trigger an egg to open. When Kane first finds the crashed ship on LV-426, only one egg responds to his presence. When Ripley encounters the Alien Queen in Aliens, surrounded by a large number of eggs, none of the eggs initially open, with only one opening after some considerable time. In the first AVP movie, at least two facehuggers are shown to be loose in the complex, apparently released from their eggs without the stimulus of nearby movement. Clearly the triggering mechanism on the eggs is rather more complicated than "movement nearby. While obviously you are correct in that there would be no movement in the vicinity, due to the crew being in stasis, it cannot be stated definitively that the eggs could therefore not hatch.


Corrected entry: As one of the crew members clocks Bishop II around the head with some sort of sledgehammer, the men clad in white shoot this guy, and he hurls himself off a platform. Watch the position, and slow down if neccesary in which way he falls. He fell forwards onto the floor below, which means he would have hit the floor face down. However, in the next scene, he is seen to be face up.


Correction: Just watched the film again, and as the man throws/falls off the platform, he twists himself so that he falls backwards onto the floor below. But since he fell to the left (and not to the right) this would mean he would have been face up, but the other way round to the edit that was given.


Corrected entry: In both the theatrical and director's cut versions of the movie, right before Murphy gets killed in the vents, he calls out to the dog "Spike". Because in the theatrical version the alien incubated inside the dog, Murphy mistakes the alien for the dog. However, in the director's cut, the alien incubates inside an ox instead of the dog, but Murphy still calls out to Spike even though the dog doesn't even exist in this version of the movie.


Correction: There could still be a dog, even if it was unseen.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: After Clemen's death, there is a shot of the ventilation shaft into which he was dragged by the alien. However, the shaft seen is the one in which Andrew's is taken into by the alien later. You can tell the difference because of the ceiling colour and the design of the ventilation shaft.

Correction: Not so. The opening in the infirmary is octagonal every time it's seen, while the opening in the cafeteria is rectangular with rounded corners, much like a TV screen.


Corrected entry: When Ripley and Aaron discuss the alien, Aaron says that they have thousands of flashlights in the prison, but no batteries. Later, as a group of people are finding the dead bodies after the accident, several of them are using flashlights that are working fine. (00:59:15)

Correction: Aaron was exaggerating to make a point about how lousy their equipment and supplies are. There are batteries, but you have to scrounge around to find ones that still work.


Corrected entry: In the previous films, as soon as a Chestburster breaks out of its host, the host is instantly dead. However, in the theatrical release of Alien 3 Ripley is able to grab hold of and keep hold of the queen Chestburster even after it comes out of her.

Correction: Ripley simply has either A) A higher pain tolerance B) More constituition to survive a few moments longer to the wound. or C) The wound was not precisely the same as the others.

Corrected entry: They try to kill the alien by covering it in molten lead. Lead is one of the heaviest elements we know about. Unless the alien and the guy it was eviscerating were made of a denser material than lead (unlikely, since we see it cling to flimsy ceilings etc) both the alien and its prey would have bubbled to the top of the lead, much as a balloon would rise to the surface in a swimming pool.

Jon Sandys

Correction: There are several things wrong with this: (1) the lead was literally burning through their flesh, and considering the temperature of molten lead (327.5 °C, 600.65 °K, 621.5 °F) would have happened extremely quickly, (2) in order for something to float, the buoyant force has to overcome the viscosity of the liquid, and even molten lead has a high viscosity, (3) the volume of lead could compress the material of the bodies to such a density that it was not buoyant.

Correction: Her clothes aren't green, they're just soaked after the crash, hence they appear much darker than they actually are.


Corrected entry: If you watch Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 back-to-back, you will notice that the cryo-chambers in the beginning of Alien 3 are like the chambers used in Alien, nothing at all like the ones in Aliens. Isn't this supposed to pick right up where Aliens left off?

Correction: That's because her tube got evacuated into the EEV. The EEV has different pods. You even see Ripley and the others plunge from their cryotubes into the EEV chambers.

Corrected entry: Ripley is convinced that she is carrying an alien queen inside her. It appears to come out of a normal egg and when it bursts out of her chest, it has a normal smooth shaped head. Shouldn't the alien queen have have come from a bigger pod and have a jagged head like the adult version does, or at least a little stump where the big head grows out from so people will know it's a queen?


Correction: There is no reason why a queen alien would have to come from a bigger egg, since it isn't the egg that carries the Alien embryo, it's the facehugger. In the original cut of the film, a special facehugger was designed which designated it as a queen carrier. And if you watch the alien when it rips out of Ripley's chest, you can see that its head is distinctly different in terms of its shape. Just like human baies don't have full heads of hair and aren't fully grown when they are born, so should an alien queen infant not be any bigger than any other alien chestburster.

Corrected entry: At the start of the film we see acid being spilled on the ground on the Sulaco and acid burns on Newt's cryochamber, but there is only supposed to be a facehugger on the ship. Facehuggers only have acid for blood, it has no other forms of defence, so how did it burn the floor of the Sulaco to start the fire, and how did it burn into Newt's cryochaber?


Correction: They have to be able to secrete acid when they want. Otherwise, how else did the first facehugger in Alien melt through Kane's helmet?

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When Ripley is going through the channels near the end of the film, a torch is handed to her from what looks like a crew member on the ceiling.

Correction: That's not a crew member. Its a dead inmate. The alien, as demonstrated in all previous movies, has the ability to cocoon its victims.

Continuity mistake: Just after the doctor started the post mortem on that little girl, the front of his gown is covered with blood. Yet, a few seconds later, after the two other guys appear, his gown looks better, with less blood. And during the whole post mortem scene, the blood spot actually changes its size a few times. (00:17:55 - 00:19:55)

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Andrews: We're 25 prisoners in this facility. All double-Y chromos. All thieves, rapists, murderers, child-molesters. All scum. Just because they have taken on religion doesn't make them any less dangerous. I try not to offend their convictions. I don't want to upset the order. I don't want ripples in the water. And I don't want a woman walking around, giving them ideas.
Ripley: I see. For my own personal safety.
Andrews: Exactly.

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Trivia: Originally, the movie was going to be shot by cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth, but Cronenweth suffered Parkinson's Disease midway through filming and was let go by the line producer, being replaced by Alex Thomson. However, impressed by Cronenweth's work, David Fincher later worked with Cronenweth's son Jeff in nearly all of his future movies, resulting in two Academy Award nominations.

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Question: In the scene where Ripley is describing the new Alien, she says it 'moves different to the other ones'. I could never get a good enough look at the alien to understand what she meant. What did she mean and why does it move differently?

Answer: She means that the alien it moves on 4 legs, whereas the other aliens moved primarily on two legs. This alien came out of a dog in the theatrical version and from an ox in the Assembly cut version, which can only move on 4 legs. This hints to the fact that the alien inherits the characteristics of its host.


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