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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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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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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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Theatrical trailer shows parts of deleted fight scene between Sykes and Kipling that happens right after Harcourt overdoses and seemingly dies. In the movie Kipling is last seen groaning and regaining consciousness before his car explodes. In deleted fight scene Kipling knocks Sykes on ground and is about to kill him when George/San Francisco shoots Kipling with Sykes's handgun and kills him. 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 »

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