This article covers all the known deleted scenes from the 1986 film Aliens. The majority of the footage cut from the movie was removed at a late stage when the studio complained that the film was too long, although some of these sequences listed here never progressed past the early script or storyboard stages. Despite their removal, several of these scenes were included in the movie's novelization and the comic book Aliens: Newt's Tale.

Where applicable, the names of these deleted scenes have been taken from the DVD/Blu-ray release of Aliens. Also note that sequences initially deleted from the theatrical release of the film but later reinstated in its extended cut are not noted here; details on these scenes can instead be found in the Special Edition article.

Recovering Ripley

The sequence showing the recovery of the Narcissus was originally longer, beginning with the salvage vessel scanning the shuttle with a large searchlight as it approached.[1]

Ripley's Daughter

In the scene where Burke informs Ripley that her daughter Amanda has died, he additionally tells her, "Some promises you just can't keep." (referring to Ripley's promise to Amanda to be home for her 11th birthday). Following this, he checks his watch, anxious to get himself and Ripley to the hearing.[1]

Hadley's Hope

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Storyboard of life at the colony.

More footage was filmed of the day-to-day life at Hadley's Hope, including some colonists struggling to cover machinery and vehicles in the gale-force winds (briefly visible in the background in the Special Edition). Another shot showed a colonist entering a bar and grill.[1]

The Colony Rescue Team

After Russ Jorden is subdued by a Facehugger, it was originally planned to show a rescue team arriving from the colony in response to Anne's distress call. They were to head inside the derelict ship, discovering the remains of the Pilot (now partially buried by volcanic debris), before stumbling into the cargo hold and themselves being subdued by multiple Facehuggers.[2][3] The rescue team and Russ would subsequently be taken back to the colony, heralding the beginning of the infestation. While the sequence was cut before filming due to budget limitations, the events were later mentioned in Aliens: Newt's Tale.

Waking from Hypersleep

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"I'm too old for this shit."

As the Marines wake up aboard the USS Sulaco, Spunkmeyer is seen saying, "I'm too old for this shit."[1] This can be seen on the DVD/Blu-ray. The year after Aliens was released, Predator 2 star Danny Glover would make the same line famous as Detective Roger Murtaugh's catchphrase in the first of the Lethal Weapon films.


The script contained a scene where the men and women of the Colonial Marines would be seen showering together aboard the Sulaco after waking from hypersleep, but the footage was never shot because the actresses were unwilling to appear nude in the film.[4]

Raising the APC

As the Marines prepare for the drop, Bishop was seen using a remote device to raise the section's APC into the Sulaco's hangar bay on a hydraulic lift. He then uses the remote to drive the APC towards Gorman (seen in the finished film). Model shots for this sequence were filmed but never used.[1]

Searching the Colony

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"Let her go, man, who cares!"

Several individual lines of dialogue were cut during the initial sweep of the colony complex. As a Marine scans a trashed room with his camera, Burke comments that it resembles his room from college. When Newt escapes into the ventilation system, Drake nonchalantly comments, "Let her go, man, who cares!" This line made it into the comic adaptation Aliens: Newt's Tale.[5] After pointing out how she never speaks, Ripley additionally tells Newt, "It's alright with me. Most people talk a lot, and they wind up not saying anything at all." Soon after this when Hicks informs them that they are heading out to the Atmosphere Processing Plant, Newt attempts to escape but is caught by Hicks, who she tries to bite on the hand again. This time he pulls away before she can, remarking, "Hope she ain't got rabies." This also made it into Aliens: Newt's Tale.[5] All of this footage is found on the film's DVD/Blu-ray.

Hicks and Wierzbowski

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Behind the scenes stills of Hicks and Wierzbowski.

During the Hive ambush, footage was filmed of Hicks propping a wounded Wierzbowski up against a wall after the Pulse Rifle ammunition explodes. He then goes to check on Crowe as seen in the film.[1] Stills of this extended scene were included in Aliens: The Official Movie Magazine,[6] as well as the sourcebook for the Aliens Adventure Game tabletop RPG.[7]

APC's Destruction

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Dropship wreckage hitting the APC.

During the dropship crash sequence, model shots of the crashing ship hitting and destroying the APC were filmed, although were ultimately not used (likely because the footage is not particularly realistic).[1]

Aliens in the Complex

Immediately after Bishop is elected to go to the colony's transmitter, the pounding of the Xenomorphs ramming the pressure door suddenly stops. Hicks points out that the creatures are inside the complex.[1] This brief sequence is available on the DVD/Blu-ray.

Ripley and Hicks

When Hicks asks Ripley how long it has been since she slept, she pessimistically tells him, "They'll get us." He responds with, "Maybe. Maybe not."[1] This brief sequence is on the DVD/Blu-ray.

Bishop and the Alien

As he crawls through the conduit, Bishop encounters a Xenomorph through a crack in the side of the pipe. It lunges at him, but when he does not react, it loses interest. This scene was in the script but was cut from the film. It does, however, appear in the novelization.[8]

Dropship Fueling

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Storyboard of the dropship refuelling remotely.

Model shots were filmed of the second dropship being fueled automatically aboard the Sulaco. These were never used.[1]

Burke Cocooned

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Burke and Ripley in the Hive.

By far the most famous of Aliens' deleted scenes involves Burke's original on-screen demise. As Ripley searches for Newt inside the Hive, she is suddenly grabbed by a hand. It turns out to be Burke, who is cocooned to the wall with a Chestburster inside him. He says that he can feel it moving, and begs Ripley to help him; she gives him a hand grenade and moves on.[1] The scene was ultimately cut because director James Cameron realized after filming that Burke should still have had a Facehugger attached to him at this point in the film. It was, however, included in the novelization and Aliens: Newt's Tale, and an image from the scene was included in Aliens: The Official Movie Magazine.[9] The footage was released for the first time on the Alien Anthology Blu-ray set.

Ripley Suits Up

Before Ripley confronts the Queen in the Power Loader, a sequence originally showed her strapping into the suit, similar to that seen earlier in the film when she helps to move supplies aboard the Sulaco.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 "Weyland-Yutani Archives - Aliens Unseen: The Lesser Known Deleted Scenes". Retrieved on 2013-04-30.
  2. Alien II original treatment by James Cameron
  3. "Strange Shapes - Hadley's Hope". Retrieved on 2013-05-13.
  4. "Strange Shapes - I Love The Corps!". Retrieved on 2014-10-24.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Aliens: Newt's Tale, Issue 1
  6. Lee Goldberg, Patrick Daniel O'Neill, John Sayers. Aliens: The Official Movie Magazine, p. 10 (1986), Starlog Press.
  7. David McKenzie. Aliens Adventure Game, p. 55 (1991), Leading Edge Games.
  8. Alan Dean Foster. Aliens, p. 242 (1986), Warner Books.
  9. Lee Goldberg, Patrick Daniel O'Neill, John Sayers. Aliens: The Official Movie Magazine, p. 40 (1986), Starlog Press.