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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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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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During the chase scene with the police car the tail lights on Sykes and Francisco's car change from broken to intact to broken again. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: Tell me the joke.
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: Stop me if you have heard it before. Why did the chicken cross the road?
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: [coughs uncontrollably] I've heard it.
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: It's a good joke.
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SCARY MONSTERS
Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Jones Music America
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Good movie...hated the tv show and movies though.
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The reason I liked the movie and hated all the subsequent tv stuff is the movie had James Caan. He is what I enjoyed most about the movie and he was not in any of the tv stuff as far as I know. The interplay between him and Patinkin was great. The movie revolves around aliens who are living on earth...Caan can't stand these aliens, and really takes to disliking them when his partner is killed by one. He volunteers to be the partner of one of the aliens so that he can use the alien to find out what and who was behind his partner's death. During this time being partnered with the alien Caan's character learns to actually like being around him and they end up becoming friends. This movie has good action and comedy as Caan's character tries to figure things out and learns about his alien friend's different weaknesses and strengths. Basically it is a buddy cop movie that has an alien teamed with a human.


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