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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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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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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,216,243 (USA)
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The nick-name that cast and crew gave to the alien humanoid characters in the film was "Potato Heads" due to their resemblance to potatoes. See more »

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Matt's dialog doesn't match his lips after he and George talk to the hostess at Encounters. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: What is it?
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: Nothing.
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: Come on, it's not nothing! When you talked to that coroner with that request it looked like you were about to shit peach pits... and it's not nothing now! Don't lie to me, George, you're real bad at it. That slag in there didn't die from just bullet wounds, am I right? Am I right? Tell me! You tell me and you tell me now. NOW!
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: The drug is called ja-bru-kha. It is a potent narcotic!
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: How potent?
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: More potent than any human drug you can imagine. The controllers regulated it, we...
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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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"Don't take it personally. I'm a bigot."
30 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Tough cop (James Caan) hates aliens, even more so after his partner is killed by one. His new partner, wouldn't you know it, is also an alien (Mandy Patinkin). In trying to track down the killer of Caan's former partner, the two uncover a larger conspiracy.

Had this movie been made in the '50s or '60s, it would have been pretty strong. But by 1988 was it really necessary to do a movie dealing with race relations by using aliens as a metaphor? Rockne S. O'Bannon's unchallenging script hits on all the familiar racial conflict themes that had been played out long before this was released in many, many movies. If you take the racial component out of it, you're left with a by-the-numbers odd couple/buddy cop drama. Enjoyable enough, thanks to the likable performances of Caan and Patinkin, but it's still routine stuff.


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