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Alien Nation (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  7 October 1988 (USA)
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A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilization. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine.

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An alien race arrives on Earth and tries to co-exist with humans, despite the restrictions that have been placed on them to live in segregation.

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William Harcourt
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Leslie Bevis ...
Cassandra
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Fedorchuk
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Quint (as George Jenesky)
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Joshua Strader
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Det. 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 | Crime | 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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Prior to theatrical release, Alien Nation was heavily re-edited in post production in order to be shorter. Originally it was supposed to be released in summer but due to the drastic re-editing it was released in October. Post production re-editing is also one of the reasons why Jerry Goldsmith's original score had to be removed and replaced. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[after Sykes makes fun of George's name]
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: It is like your name... Sykes. I'm sure it doesn't bother you at all that it sounds like "ss'ai k'ss," two words in my language which mean "excrement" and "cranium."
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Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: Shithead.
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SURFIN' SAFARI
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Deck Records
By Arrangement with Original Sound Entertainment
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Not half bad
27 April 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Considering that it is little more than your standard cop buddy movie, the slight variation being that the buddies are a tough seen-it-all cop and a by-the-books rookie who is an alien, Alien Nation ends up being a pretty good film. You can give a lot of credit to James Caan and Mandy Patankin for that. They have great chemistry as the partners. Both are very accomplished actors, and they make a very cliched script into something well worth watching. 7/10


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