Predator (film)

Predator
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn McTiernan
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music byAlan Silvestri
CinematographyDonald McAlpine
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • June 12, 1987 (1987-06-12)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15–18 million[2][3]
Box office$98.3 million[2][3]

Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and written by brothers Jim and John Thomas.[4] It is the first installment in the Predator franchise. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite paramilitary rescue team on a mission to save hostages in guerrilla-held territory in a Central American rainforest, who encounter the deadly Predator (Kevin Peter Hall), a technologically advanced alien who stalks and hunts them down.

Predator was written in 1984 under the working title of Hunter. Filming ran from March to June 1986 with creature effects devised by Stan Winston; the budget was around $15 million. 20th Century Fox released the film on June 12, 1987 in the United States, where it grossed $98.3 million. Initial reviews tended toward the negative, but the film has since been reappraised as a classic of the action genre.

The success of Predator spawned a media franchise of films, novels, comic books, video games, and toys. It spawned three direct sequels: Predator 2 (1990), Predators (2010) and The Predator (2018), and an upcoming installment in preproduction.[5] A crossover with the Alien franchise produced the Alien vs. Predator films, which include Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).

  1. ^ "PREDATOR". British Board of Film Classification. Archived from the original on December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Predator (1987)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Predator - Box Office Data, DVD and Blu-ray Sales, Movie News, Cast and Crew Information". The Numbers. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Johnston, Keith M. (2013). Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction. Berg Publishers. p. 98. ISBN 9780857850560. Archived from the original on May 5, 2016. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 20, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)