Contributed by: Andrew Ritchie
was nominated for her first Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in Aliens. It is the only Best Actress nomination in history for a role in a science-fiction film.
Contributed by: Virgil Vuksic-Virgo
Bishop's knife trick was also previously seen in John Carpenter's "Dark Star" (1974). Like Bishop, Boiler misses too. The inspiration for both scenes surely is to be found in Roman Polanski's "Knife in Water" (1962).
Actor Michael Biehn
also apeared in a little know movie called "Hog Wild", as a cop, also with Patti D'Arbanville.
Contributed by: Leigh Barrett
This film was the debut of athlete-turned-actress Jenette Goldstein, who has appeared in at least three Cameron films: In "Aliens" she was the Latina US Marine Vasquez; in "Terminator 2" she was the harpie foster mother of John Connor; and in "Titanic" she was the brave stoic "Irish Mommy." She's hard to spot usually because she is such a chameleon!
Contributed by: LoverswithCassie
The special effects for "Aliens" won an Oscar.
This was one and only movie for Carrie Henn, the actress who played Newt. She left acting behind and later became a schoolteacher.
Contributed by: Toni Kurkimaki
Michael Biehn's (Hicks) shotgun is actually the same weapon he previously kept handy in "The Terminator
", in which he played Kyle Reese.
Contributed by: CalGar2086
The shoes that both Ellen Ripley and Bishop wear in the film are called the "Aliens Fighter" shoe, which were made especially for the film.
First marketed as a shoe "that you won't see for 150 years", Reebok later released the shoes (as Bishop's mid-top model opposed to Ripley's super-high top version) to the public for a limited time during 1987, which later became re-released back in 2003, this time as the "Alien Stompers".
Contributed by: Mountain Mike
When Bishop crawls down the pipe to get the rescue ship by remote control, it's reminiscent of when Andy Dufrain (Tim Robbins) crawls down the sewer pipe in Shawshank Redemption. It's interesting to note that both movies had Mark Rolston: Private Drake in Aliens, and Bogs (the gang leader who frequently assaulted Dufrain) in Shawshank Redemption
Biehn's characters in 3 of Camerons films all get bitten on the hand. Sarah Conner bites Reese's hand in "The Terminator
"; Newt bites Hicks' hand in Aliens and Bud Brigman bites Lt. Coffey's hand in the Abyss.
What follows are trivia items we now believe
are bogus. Some of them will have explanations, some will not. We just leave 'em
in for interest, really.
Myth: In an early draft of the script, Bishop claims to have been made
by "Cyberdyne", a company from "The Terminator
Fact: Bishop actually claims he was manufactured by Hyperdyne Systems.