Alien: Resurrection

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Alien Resurrection (1997)

Alien Resurrection is the fourth installment in the Alien film franchise. In this 1997 sequel, a clone of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) joins forces with a mercenary transport crew to fight off Aliens who have infested a military space facility. The film's cast included Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman, and Raymond Cruz.

The following weapons were used in the movie Alien Resurrection:


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Overview

Though the average film goer may assume that these firearms are based on real weapons, evidence suggests that all weapons in Alien: Resurrection are fabrications rather than converted firearms. Though some articles have suggested that this was done to save money by not hiring a firearms wrangler, the fact that the mockups still fired pyrotechnical charges meant that a licensed pyrotechnician would still have to rig the weapons for each shot, which is actually more expensive than a gun wrangler loading up a mocked up live firearm with blanks. The pistols were resin kits, while larger weapons were made mostly from machined aluminum. The distinctive "shock rifle" used an internal electrically-operated revolver-style cylinder loaded with small pyro charges to simulate firing. Ever since the release of the film, however, there have been erroneous commentary in film articles which wrongly identify Christie's pistols as modified SIG-Sauer P232s. Also the report that a prototype sci-fi rifle (made after the film, not before) of the USM shockrifle was built on a Cobray CM-11 carbine leads to some confusion in the cinema trivia world.

It is because of this confusion that we list the film and its weapons here, though the 'official' IMFDB standard is that films/TV shows/Anime/VG where the weapons are pure props and are not based on live weapons usually do not qualify. The Fictional firearms rule: "If the weapon (for any reason) would lead the general public to believe that it is a real firearms or based on one." also makes this page qualify.

Pistols

United Systems Military Sidearm

The standard United Systems Military Sidearm is famously used by Johner (Ron Perlman) in both hands, to dispatch the Alien hanging on the leg of Christie (Gary Dourdan).

Screen used resin handgun prop from Alien: Resurrection.
Closeup of a soldier with the sidearm.
Johner (Ron Perlman) dual-wields the handguns to dispatch the Alien hanging on the leg of Christie (Gary Dourdan). When hanging from the ladder with the two handguns mentioned, Pearlman later found out that he had severely cut up the backs of his legs during the filming of the scene.

Zipgun

Call (Winona Ryder) is seen carrying a Zipgun, which she gives to Dr. Wren (J.E. Freeman) at one point.

Screen used Zipgun prop from Alien: Resurrection.
Dr. Wren (J.E. Freeman) holds the Zipgun.

Arm-Anchored Pistols

For his sidearms, Christie (Gary Dourdan) keeps two on arm-anchors. After the gym scene, he is only seen with one, with which he threatens Wren with, and tries to kill the Alien hanging on his leg, in his final moments. The arm-anchors were inspired by the drawer slide mechanism Travis Bickle mounted his Smith & Wesson Escort to in Taxi Driver.

Christie (Gary Dourdan) with his two pistols on arm-anchors drawn.
Closeup of the pistol.
The dual pistols are drawn.
Production still of Gary Dourdan as Christie with his Arm-Anchored Pistol.

"Okee-Doke Corral Cowboy Pistol" (M1911A1)

When Johner (Ron Perlman), Christie (Gary Dourdan), and Call (Winona Ryder) are watching a Space Shopping program, one of the objects up for sale is a M1911 clone called the "Okee-Doke Corral Cowboy Pistol". It resembles the Colt/Detonics 1911 Hybrid seen in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. What is ironic, is that in the far future, the price is not far off from today's prices for an M1911 clone in any gun store.

Standard M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
The "Corral Cowboy Pistol" is seen for sale. At almost $1000, the price is not far off from today's prices for an M1911 clone in any gun store.

Shotguns

Concealed Carry Double-Barreled Pump Action Weapon

Vreiss (Dominique Pinon) keeps a double-barreled pump action weapon in his wheelchair. The parts of the weapon are concealed within the wheelchair and he is seen assembling it when he sees an Alien in the ceiling. It later jams after going through the flooded kitchen. It leaves Christie to fend for himself against the Alien hanging on his leg.

Screen used rubber shotgun prop from Alien: Resurrection. Note the missing sight.
Vreiss (Dominique Pinon) keeps a double barreled pump action weapon in his wheelchair.
The shotgun in the hands of Vriess (Dominique Pinon).

Rifles

Shockrifle 'Burner'

The standard assault rifle used by United Systems Military. Its main setting, although it is rarely used on-screen in the film, fires solid slugs. This is the setting seen carried by Distephano (Raymond Cruz) right up until the end of the film. It can also be fitted with an under-barrel shock device which acts like a taser, but without causing physical harm. That setting is used on Ripley 8 (Sigourney Weaver) when she is strangling Wren. The rifle is also notably dual-wielded with an Incinerator by Elgyn (Michael Wincott), but he never gets to fire either.

Screen used Shockrifle prop from Alien: Resurrection.
Distephano (Raymond Cruz) with his Shockrifle.
Elgyn (Michael Wincott) holds the Shockrifle. Notice the shock component is not fitted to this weapon.

Incinerator 'Flamer' (Assault Rifle Mode)

This is one of the most versatile weapons available to the United Systems Military. It is primarily a flamethrower unit, but can be used as an assault rifle or a grenade launcher. The assault rifle mode is seen used by Johner (Ron Perlman) at the end of the film when killing the Alien that had birthed from Purvis through Wren's forehead.

Screen used Incinerator prop from Alien: Resurrection. Image from Prop Store of London.
Christie with the Incinerator

Grenade Launchers

Incinerator 'Flamer' (Grenade Launcher Mode)

This is one of the most versatile weapons available to the United Systems Military. It is primarily a flamethrower unit, but can be used as an assault rifle or a grenade launcher. The grenade launcher mode is seen used by Johner in the flooded kitchen; it is fired at one Alien, but the creature dodges the grenade, only for it to destroy a second Alien behind. It is worth noting such an explosion underwater would likely deafen everyone in the water nearby.

Screen used Incinerator prop from Alien: Resurrection. Image from Prop Store of London.
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Concealed Carry Grenade Launcher

Another of Vriess' concealed disassembled weapons (though it is unknown where he stores it) is a pump action grenade launcher. Vriess is seen assembling it after the 'What were you expecting, Santa Claus?' line. It is later used by Christie to destroy the egg trap set by the Aliens, right after escaping the flooded kitchen.

Screen used launcher prop from Alien: Resurrection.
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Christie (Gary Dourdan) firing the grenade launcher underwater

Other

Incinerator 'Flamer' (Flamethrower Mode)

This is one of the most versatile weapons available to the United Systems Military. It is primarily a flamethrower unit, but can be used as an assault rifle or a grenade launcher. The flamethrower mode is seen used by Ripley 8 (Sigourney Weaver) to destroy the previous seven attempts at recreating the Queen.

Screen used flamethrower from Alien: Resurrection. Note the tubes and wires sticking out of the end which were needed to produce the flames.
The Incinerator in the hands of Ripley 8 (Sigourney Weaver), when she is destroying the 'failures'
Ripley uses the Incinerator much like she does in Alien and Aliens.

'Thermos' Gun

The 'Thermos Gun' is snuck through security by Johner (Ron Perlman) with the crass quip 'My own Recipe, way more dangerous'. He briefly uses it during the fight in the gym.

Screen used 'Thermos Gun' prop from Alien: Resurrection.
The 'Thermos Gun' separated from the thermos.
The 'Thermos Gun' is pulled out by Johner (Ron Perlman)
The 'Thermos Gun' is "fired" by Johner (Ron Perlman).


See Also

Alien & Predator Franchise
Films
Alien Alien (1979)  •  Aliens (1986)  •  Alien³ (1992)  •  Alien: Resurrection (1997)  •  Alien vs. Predator (2004)  •  Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)  •  Prometheus (2012)
Predator Predator (1987)  •  Predator 2 (1990)  •  Alien vs. Predator (2004)  •  Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)  •   Predators (2010)
Video Games
Alien Aliens vs. Predator 2 (2001)  •  Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013)  •  Alien: Isolation (2014)


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