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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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Det. Bill Tuggle
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Human Dealer
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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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The alien character played by Mandy Patinkin was originally going to be named George Jetson but Hanna-Barbera wouldn't give the rights to the name. The decision to call his character 'George' in the movie was kept as an in-joke. See more »

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When George drinks the milk at Matt's house the milk disappears from his lip between shots. See more »

Quotes

[after Sykes makes fun of George's name]
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: It is like your name... Sykes. I'm sure it doesn't bother you at all that it sounds like "ss'ai k'ss," two words in my language which mean "excrement" and "cranium."
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Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: Shithead.
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(SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY
Written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper
Performed by Michael Bolton
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Patinkin & Caan shine
21 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

...in this sci-fi action film that spawned one of the best TV series ever. The chemistry between James Caan and Mandy Patinkin in this film is amazing. The plot is familiar buddy cop stuff but it's done in way that it's different and entertaining. I remember watching it for the first time not having any clue to what it was about, who was in it etc. and I just enjoyed it a lot. Shame Fox cancelled the series so soon in it's tenure, but that was in the early years of Fox before they stuck by shows that were quality shows despite early low ratings(like Party of Five). Rent it if you've never seen it, you'll enjoy it. 8/10


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