Directed by Ridley Scott (USA, 1979, 117 min.). 35mm.

Ridley Scott’s horror classic holds up as well now as ever, putting today’s slick sci-fi films to shame with the gritty, industrial realness of its interior sets. In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo are awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley remains one of the most badass film heroines to date, while Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Balaji Badejo, and Harry Dean Stanton turn out canonical performances as the rest of the Nostromo’s crew. In one of his most iconic roles, Stanton plays engineer Samuel Brett, who saunters through the halls of the Nostromo with a dangling cigarette, taking the danger in stride. Screened on a 35mm print from Criterion.

In the month of December, bring a ticket stub from any December MFA film to the Coolidge Corner Theater for a $3 discount on regularly priced feature films, subject to availability.

Also screening on December 31 (New Year’s Eve matinee). See all showtimes

Watch the trailer 

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies


Purchase tickets to three or more regularly priced films at once and get $3 off each ticket. Discount automatically applies at checkout. This discount is not applicable on past purchases. All tickets must be purchased at the same time within the same order for discount to apply.

Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted tickets for most of our films. For more information, please call 617-369-3310.

University Members and Pozen Community College Access Program student participants can purchase $5 same-day tickets in person for regularly priced screenings. Valid student ID required, limit of one ticket per ID.