I’m sure for many film fans of a certain age (I’m 45) Ridley Scott’s epic Alien was a seminal part of their cinematic upbringing.

It’s a film I vividly remember being allowed to stay up and watch as a kid – and it has stuck with me ever since.

The great news is, to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, a 4K restoration and re-release will see the film back in UK cinemas from March 1.

To prep for that rerelease, here’s a few facts and figures you may not be aware of:

3 Words – That sold the script to the studio: “Jaws in space”

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3 Hours 12 Minutes – The duration of the original cut of the film

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4 Cats – The number of cats that played Jonesy in the film

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4 Minutes – The full screen time of the Xenomorph

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5 Directors – That were considered before they found Ridley Scott

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7 Feet 2 Inches – The height of Bolaji Badejo in his one and only role playing the titular monster

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26 Feet – The height of the Space Jockey prop

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130 Eggs – The number of prop Alien eggs made

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$38,461 – The average made per cinema by Alien on opening weekend in 1979, totalling $3.5 million

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$4.2 million – The original budget of the film, which was doubled after Ridley Scott storyboarded his ideas

Bonus fact for Oscar season –

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26 – Alien is a member of the exclusive club of only 26 horror films that have ever won an Oscar

273 Cinemas – That’s how many cinemas will be showing Alien’s 4K restoration and re-release in cinemas from 1stMarch 

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle