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Alien Nation (1988)

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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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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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Los Angeles, 1991. They have come to Earth to live among us. They've learned the language, taken jobs, and tried to fit in. But there's something about them we don't know. See more »

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Action | Crime | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Future Tense  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,216,243 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of detective Sam Francisco (aka Samuel Francisco) portrayed by Mandy Patinkin was somewhat of a parody and reference to the city of San Francisco in California even though the movie was not set there but in the same state's city of Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

During the shootout at the beginning of the film Kipling fires the 'BRI Sabot Slugs' at Tuck from his shotgun's drum magazine before he is seen loading the magazine in the first place. See more »

Quotes

[Harcourt's men are about to kill a Newcomer]
Quint: I hear seawater's like *battery acid* to these guys.
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Connections

Referenced in The Winner: Broken Home (2007) See more »

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SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by Jane's Addiction
Courtesy of Tripple X Records
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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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