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4. ASH

MOVIE Alien (1979)

PLAYED BY Ian Holm

PROGRAMMING The most villainous computerized space traveler this side of 2001's HAL 9000, Ash keeps the fact that he's an android secret from Ripley (Sigourney Weaver, above left) and the rest of the crew until he's well on the way to accomplishing his mission: to bring one of the predatory, parasitic aliens back to Earth for the Company.

SPECIAL FEATURES Even after his head is knocked off, he can still speak, offering a final, chilling warning to the crew.

MEMORABLE LINE (Before he's disconnected for good) ''I can't lie to you about your chances, but...you have my sympathies.''

WHY HE PUSHES OUR BUTTONS Ash says of the alien, ''I admire its purity. A survivor...unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.'' We could say the same about him.

EW MOVIE GRADE: A

Originally posted Jul 14, 2004