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Alien Nation (1988)

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

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Cast

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William Harcourt
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Leslie Bevis ...
Cassandra
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Fedorchuk
Conrad Dunn ...
Quint (as George Jenesky)
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Josh Strader
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Bill Tuggle
Tony Simotes ...
Wiltey
Michael David Simms ...
Human Dealer
Ed Krieger ...
Alien Dealer
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Alterez
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Trent Porter
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Capt. Warner (as Frank McCarthy)
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A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilisation. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine but are victims of a new type of discrimination. When the first Newcomer police officer, Sam Francisco is assigned his new partner, he is given Matthew Sykes , a mildly racist veteran, the animosity between them soon gives way to respect as they investigate the Newcomer underworld, and especially Newcomer leader William Harcourt. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Action | Sci-Fi

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Future Tense  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,216,243 (USA)
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Trivia

The alien character played by Mandy Patinkin was originally going to be named George Jetson but Hanna-Barbera wouldn't give the rights to the name. The decision to call his character 'George' in the movie was kept as an in-joke to the George Jetson character name. See more »

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When George drinks the milk at Matt's house the milk disappears from his lip between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Matt and George are showing each other pictures of their respective children]
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: This is my son, Richard. He's four years old. We named him after your former president, Richard Nixon.
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: [beat] George, from now on, tell people that you named him after the director Richard Burton. Just trust me on this.
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Followed by Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995) See more »

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YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson)
Performed by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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Premise more interesting than plot
29 January 2000 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

This is like a lot of movies where the premise is more interesting than the plot. The arrival of the "Newcomers" seems to be a metaphor for the immigrant experience in America, but this is not followed up. It goes from a sci-fi movie into a cop-buddy movie, and it's really not bad on that level. It seems, however that the filmmakers passed on an opportunity to make a really significant commentary. One wishes for the film that got away.


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