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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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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
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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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,216,243 (USA)
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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 »

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Cassandra: Tell me the truth. Have you ever... made it with one of us?
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: No... unless I got drunk and somebody didn't tell me.
Cassandra: Mmm. A virgin! I find that very arousing. You sure you haven't?
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: Um... there's lots of things I haven't done; that's not real high on my list. No... you know... don't take it personally. I'm a bigot.
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Spoofs Rambo III (1988) See more »

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SURFIN' SAFARI
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Deck Records
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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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