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Alien Nation (1988)

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
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 ...
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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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Trivia

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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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

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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Referenced in Perception: Alienation (2013) See more »

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SCARY MONSTERS
Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Jones Music America
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Entertaining allegory
14 September 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

I've always liked this film despite its flaws. It is an interesting allegory of racial conflict, using a sci-fi premise and a "buddy-cop" formula. You have the minority rookie cop assigned to the bigoted partner, who are then assigned a case involving the minority group. The rookie proves to the bigot that people are the same, despite their physical differences and they slowly become friends.

Mandy Patinkin is great here, conveying the idea of an outsider who is not totally familiar with his new environment. James Caan is fine, but doesn't seem committed to the film, and his performance is a bit uneven. Terence Stamp is hurt by his makeup, as his face is one of his greatest strengths as an actor. Much of his characters come from his facial expressions and the makeup inhibits this.

The story is a bit cliched, but the sci-fi gloss keeps things from falling flat. The tv series was better able to explore the racial allegory, as the film just doesn't have enough screen time. The mystery component is pretty much standard fare. If you look beyond the surface of this film, there are some worthwhile ideas here. They just get a bit lost in the "cop" trappings.


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