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Alien Nation (1988)

 -  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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William Harcourt
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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
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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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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,216,243 (USA)
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Originally in the scene where Sykes is talking with Cassandra in night club, there was a part where George is searching through the rooms (this is why Sykes is pointing him to go out in the earlier scene) when suddenly he is attacked by another newcomer called Todd Watson. When Watson tries to escape Sykes and George chase after him and manage to get him. After questioning him, they let him go but when they leave Watson is knocked out by Harcourt's men and taken to the beach. In the scene where Harcourt talks with newcomer who he calls Strader, he is actually talking with Watson but this scene was obviously changed during re-editing, which is why Harcourt is not shown saying "Mr. Strader" onscreen. Later in the movie when Strader's dead body is found on the beach he has two bullet holes in his chest, but as seen in earlier scene newcomer "Strader", who is actually Watson, is killed by sea water and he also wears different clothes. Later scene where Cassandra tries to kill Harcourt when she realizes that he killed Strader was also changed, originally in the scene Harcourt admitted killing Watson, her boyfriend, which is why she tries to kill him. Also in the scene where Sykes and George are chasing after Harcourt and Kipling there is a part where Sykes knocks out one newcomer that came out of nowhere. If you look at the clothes that this newcomer wears you can see that it's same newcomer who was beaten and killed by Harcourt's men on the beach, Todd Watson. This scene was originally part of the previously mentioned chase scene in the middle of the movie where Sykes and George are going after him. This also explains continuity mistake where Sykes is first seen going down the stairs with his gun, then when he fights with newcomer he doesn't have his gun, then when scene cuts to George pointing his gun at police car that Harcourt and Kipling took Sykes is again seen in background running down the stairs carrying his gun. See more »

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Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: You humans are very curious to us. You invite us to live among you in an atmosphere of equality that we've never known before. You give us ownership of our own lives for the first time and you ask no more of us than you do of yourselves. I hope you understand how special your world is, how unique a people you humans are. Which is why it is all the more painful and confusing to us that so few of you seem capable of living up to the ideals you set for yourselves.
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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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