Sounds from Aliens

This is intended to be an ad hoc review of the sounds from James Cameron's amazing film Aliens. These are lines, or exchanges, of dialog that I find stick with me, and contribute to my coming back to this film again and again. This presentation is intended only as cinematic criticism (and is therefore fair use under copyright law).

These were all sampled in mono, 8 bits, 11kHz, from the front center surround channel of the laserdisc of the film -- for each, I've provided the length in seconds and the size of the .wav file.

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    "Man, this floor is freezing!"
    "What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you?"
    "Gee, would you, sir? I'd like that."
    "Look into my eye."

    "Look, man, I only need to know one thing: where they are." (7s/69K)

    "We're on an express elevator to hell, going down!" (4s/40K)

    "Hey, Ripley, don't worry. Me and my squad of ultimate bad-asses will protect you! Check it out. Independently targeting particle beam phalanx. Fwap!! Could fry half a city with this puppy. We got tactical smart missles, phase plasma pulse rifles, RPGs, we got sonic electronic ball-breakers! We got nukes, we got knives, sharp sticks..." (31s/327K)

    "It's hot as hell in here!"
    "Yeah, man, but it's a dry heat!"

    "Is he f-cking crazy?!"
    "Hey, what are we supposed to use, man, harsh language?"

    "Let's rock!!!!" (3s/34K)

    "Marines, we are leaving!" (2s/26K)

    "Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!" (5s/50K)

    "Look, let's just bug out and call it even, OK? What are we talking about this for?!?" (4s/47K)

    "This is clearly an important species we're dealing with, and I don't think that you or I or anybody has the right to arbitrarily exterminate them."
    "Yeah, watch us!"

    "Well that's great. That's just f--king great, man. Now what the f--k are we supposed to do?!? We're in some real pretty sh-t, now, man!" (8s/91K)

    "That's it, man. Game over, man! Game over! What the f--k are we gonna do now?! What are we gonna do?!?" (6s/65K)

    "Maybe we got 'em demoralized." (2s/22K)

    "Here, I want you to put this on."
    "What's it for?"
    "It's a locator. Then I can find you anywhere in the complex, on this. It's just a precaution."
    "It doesn't mean we're engaged or anything."

    "Well, I bet Casey doesn't have scary dreams. Let's take a look. Nope, nothing bad in there. See? Maybe you could just try to be like her, hmm?"
    "Ripley, she doesn't have bad dreams because she's just a piece of plastic."

    "OK, you're ready to rock and roll."
    "What's this?"
    "That's a grenade launcher. I don't think you want to mess with that."
    "You started this. Show me everything. I can handle myself."
    "Yeah, I noticed."

    "I say we grease this rat-f--k son-of-a-bitch right now!" (3s/34K)

    "It's game time." (1s/12K)

    "Get away from her, you bitch!" (2s/23K)

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