Dallas: (looks at pen being dissolved by alien's body fluid) I haven't seen anything like that except, uh, molecular acid. Brett: It must be using it for blood. Parker: Got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don't dare kill it.
Parker: It's a robot. Ash is a god damn robot.
Lambert: I can't see a goddamn thing. Kane: Quit griping. Lambert: I like griping.
Ripley: Whenever he says *anything* you say "right," Brett, you know that? Brett: Right. Ripley: Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says "right", like a regular parrot. Parker: (laughs) Yeah, shape up. What are you some kind of parrot? Brett: Right.
Ripley: When we throw the switches, how long before the ship blows? Parker: Ten minutes. Ripley: No bullshit? Parker: We ain't outta here in ten minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly through space.
Ripley: Ash, can you hear me? ASH? Ash: Yes, I can hear you. Ripley: What was your special order? Ash: You read it. I thought it was clear. Ripley: What was it? Ash: Bring back life form. Priority One. All other priorities rescinded. Parker: It's the damn company. What about our lives, you son of a bitch? Ash: I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded. Ripley: How do we kill it Ash? There got to be a way of killing it, how - HOW do we do it? Ash: You can't. Parker: That's bullshit. Ash: You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. Lambert: You admire it. Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality. Parker: Look, I am, I've heard enough of this, and I'm asking you to pull the plug. Ash: (Ripley goes to disconnect Ash, who interrupts) Last word. Ripley: What? Ash: I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.
(last lines) Ripley: Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off. (to Jonesy the cat) Come on, cat.
(first lines) Brett: This is the worst shit I've ever seen, man. Parker: Have you got any biscuits over there? Ripley: Here's some cornbread. Parker: Cornbread. Yeah. Lambert: I am cold. Parker: Still with us Brett? Brett: Right. Kane: I feel dead. Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
Parker: (last line, to Lambert) *Get out of the room!*
Ash: There is an explanation for all this.
Ripley: Ash? Any suggestions from you or Mother? Ash: (very quiet) No, we're still collating. Ripley: (near tears, laughs) You're *what?* You're still collating? I find that hard to believe. Ash: Well, what would you like me to do... Ripley: Just what you've been doing, Ash: Nothing. I've got access to Mother now and I'll get my own answers, thank you.
Kane: Oh, I feel dead. Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead?
Parker: Uh, before we dock, I think we ought to discuss the bonus situation. Brett: Right. Parker: Brett and I think we ought to, we deserve full shares, right baby? Brett: Right. You see, Mr Parker and I feel that the bonus situation has never been on a, an equitable level. Dallas: Well, you get what you're contracted for like everybody else. Brett: Yes, but everybody else, uh, gets more than us.
Parker: If they find what they're lookin' for out there, that mean we get full shares? Ripley: Don't worry, Parker, yeah. You'll get whatever's coming to you. Brett: Look, I'm not gonna do any more work, until we get this straightened out. Ripley: Brett, you're guaranteed by law to get a share. Parker: What? Ripley: Why don't you just fuck off? Parker: What? Brett: Uh, what'd you say, Rip? Ripley: If you have any trouble, I'll be on the bridge.
Ripley: Ash, that transmission - Mother's deciphered part of it. It doesn't look like an S.O.S. Ash: What is it, then? Ripley: Well, I, it looks like a warning. I'm gonna go out after them. Ash: What's the point? I mean by the, the time it takes to get there, you'll, they'll know if it's a warning or not, yes?
Dallas: Something has attached itself to him. We have to get him to the infirmary right away. Ripley: What kind of thing? I need a clear definition. Dallas: An organism. Open the hatch. Ripley: Wait a minute. If we let it in, the ship could be infected. You know the quarantine procedure. Twenty-four hours for decontamination. Dallas: He could die in twenty-four hours. Open the hatch. Ripley: Listen to me, if we break quarantine, we could all die. Lambert: Could you open the god-damned hatch? We have to get him inside. Ripley: No. I can't do that and if you were in my position, you'd do the same. Dallas: Ripley, this is an order. Open that hatch right now, do you hear me? Ripley: Yes. Dallas: Ripley. This is an order. Do you hear me? Ripley: Yes. I read you. The answer is negative.
Ripley: That's amazing. What is it? Ash: Uh, yes, it is. Umm. I don't know yet. Did you want something? Ripley: Yes, I, uh. Have a little talk. How's, uh, how's Kane? Ash: He's holding, no changes. Ripley: And, uh, our guest? Ash: Umm. Ripley: Hmm? Ash: Well, as I said, I'm still... collating, actually, but uh, I have confirmed that he's got an outer layer of protein polysaccharides. Has a funny habit of shedding his cells and replacing them with polarized silicon, which gives him a prolonged resistance to adverse environmental conditions. Is that enough? Ripley: That's plenty. What does it mean? (Ripley bends down to look through the micro-scanner) Ash: Please don't do that. Thank you. Ripley: I'm sorry. Ash: Well, it's an interesting combination of elements making him... a tough little son-of-a-bitch. Ripley: And you let him in. Ash: I was obeying a direct order. Remember? Ripley: Ash. When Dallas and Kane are off the ship, I'm Senior Officer. Ash: Oh, yes, I forgot. Ripley: You also forgot the Science Division's basic quarantine law. Ash: No, that I didn't forget. Ripley: Oh, I see, you just broke it. Hmm? Ash: Look. What would you have done with Kane, hmm? You know his only chance of survival was to get him in here. Ripley: Unfortunately, by, uh, breaking quarantine, you risk everybody's life. Ash: Maybe I should have left him outside. Maybe I've jeopardized the rest of us, but it was a risk I was willing to take. Ripley: That's a pretty big risk for a Science Officer. It's, uh, not exactly out of the manual, is it? Ash: I do take my responsibilities as seriously as you, you know. You do your job and let me do mine, yes?
Ripley: Come on, Ash, I mean, the Science Department should be able to help us. What can we do to drive it? Ash: Yes, well, it has adapted remarkably well to our atmosphere considering its nutritional requirements. The only thing we don't know about is temperature. Ripley: OK, what about temperature? What happens if we change it? Ash: Let's try it. I mean most animals retreat from fire, yes? Dallas: Fire, yeah.
Ripley: Ash. Any suggestions from you or Mother? Ash: No, we're still collating. Ripley: (Laughing in disbelief) You're what? You're still collating? I find that hard to believe. Ash: What would you like me to do? Ripley: Just what you've been doing, Ash, nothing.
(Ripley has tried in vain to disengage the Nostromo's self-destruct) Ripley: Mother! I've turned the cooling unit back on. Mother! Mother: The ship will automatically destruct in t-minues five minutes. Ripley: You... BITCH! (smashes computer monitor with flamethrower)
Ripley: Micro changes in air density, my ass.
Ripley: What does it key on? Ash: Micro changes in air density.
Ripley: This is commercial towing vehicle Nostromo out of the Solomons, registration number 1-8-0-niner-2-4-6-0-niner. Calling Antarctica traffic control. Do you read me? Over. Lambert: I found it. Just short of Zeta II Reticuli. We haven't reached the Outer Rim yet.
Lambert: What kind of transmission? Dallas: Acoustical beacon. It repeats at intervals of 12 seconds.
Dallas: (looking at alien skeleton) Alien life form. Looks like it's been dead a long time. Fossilized. Looks like it's growing out of the chair. (climbs up for a closer look) Bones are bent outward, like he exploded from inside.
Ripley: Did you ever ship out with Ash before? Dallas: I went out five times with another science officer. They replaced him two days before we left Thedus with Ash. Hmm?
Ripley: (nervously eyeing Alien while she pushes buttons) You are my lucky star... Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.
Brett: Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Jones (the cat) : Meaow. Brett: Jonesy?
Ash: (everyone's worried about Dallas going missing) Kane's son!
Ripley: Will you listen to me, Parker? Shut up! Parker: Let's hear it. Ripley: It's using the air shafts. Parker: You don't know that. Ripley: That's the only way. We'll move in pairs. We'll go step by step and cut off every bulkhead and every vent until we have it cornered. And then we'll blow it the fuck out into space. Is that acceptable to you?