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Writer (WGA):
Rockne S. O'Bannon (written by)
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Release Date:
7 October 1988 (USA) See more »
Prepare Yourself. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes

Mandy Patinkin ... Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco

Terence Stamp ... William Harcourt

Kevyn Major Howard ... Rudyard Kipling
Leslie Bevis ... Cassandra

Peter Jason ... Fedorchuk

Conrad Dunn ... Quint (as George Jenesky)

Jeff Kober ... Joshua Strader

Roger Aaron Brown ... Det. Bill Tuggle
Tony Simotes ... Wiltey
Michael David Simms ... Human Dealer
Ed Krieger ... Alien Dealer

Tony Perez ... Alterez

Brian Thompson ... Trent Porter

Francis X. McCarthy ... Capt. Warner (as Frank McCarthy)

Keone Young ... Winter
Don Hood ... Moffet

Earl Boen ... Duncan Crais
William E. Dearth ... Coroner's Technician

Robert Starr ... Coroner's Attendant
Bobby Sargent ... Coroner's Driver
Bebe Drake ... Computer Operator (as Bebe Drake-Massey)
Edgar Small ... Minkler
Thomas Wagner ... O'Neal
Abraham Alvarez ... Mayor
Diana James ... Ortiz

Frank Collison ... Bentner
Tom DeFranco ... Detective
Angela O'Neill ... Kristin Sykes
Seth Marten ... Helicopter Pilot
Kendall Conrad ... Mrs. Francisco
Brian Lando ... George Jr.
Tom Morga ... Raincoat
Regis Parton ... Mr. Porter (as Reggie Parton)
Jessica James ... Mrs. Porter

Tom Finnegan ... Natuzzi
Doug MacHugh ... Victor Goldrup
Lawrence Kopp ... Human Cop #1

Alec Gillis ... Newcomer in Bar

Shuko Akune ... Police Secretary
Stephanie Shroyer ... Female Cop
Frank Wagner ... Derelict
Clarence M. Landry ... Old Man Driver (as Clarence Landry)
Van Ling ... Newcomer #1 on TV
Mark Murphey ... Newcomer #2 on TV
Kirsten Graham ... Kid at Burger Stand
George Robotham ... Boat Captain
Debra Seitz ... Harcourt's Girlfriend
James De Closs ... Detective
Douglas Cameron ... S.I.D. Photographer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jasper Cole ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Directed by
Graham Baker 
Writing credits
Rockne S. O'Bannon (written by)

Produced by
Bill Borden .... executive producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... producer
Richard Kobritz .... producer
Original Music by
Curt Sobel 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg 
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
Art Direction by
Joseph C. Nemec III  (as Joseph Nemec III)
Set Decoration by
Jim Duffy 
Costume Design by
Erica Edell Phillips  (as Erica Phillips)
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... hair stylist
David LeRoy Anderson .... alien makeup effects (as David Anderson)
Grant Arndt .... sculptor: Stan Winston Studios
John Blake .... alien makeup effects
Roger Borelli .... alien makeup effects
Katalin Elek .... makeup artist
Zoltan Elek .... alien makeup applier (as Zoltan)
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... alien makeup applier (as John Elliott)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (as John Elliott)
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup co-department head
Greg Figiel .... alien makeup effects
Steve Frakes .... alien makeup effects
Mark Garbarino .... alien makeup effects
Emilio M. Gonzales .... alien makeup effects
Jeff Kennemore .... alien makeup effects
Makio Kida .... alien makeup effects
Eryn Krueger Mekash .... alien makeup effects (as Eryn Krueger)
Richard J. Landon .... alien makeup effects
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist
Karen Mason .... alien makeup effects
Michael Mills .... makeup artist
Brian Penikas .... alien makeup effects
John Price .... alien makeup effects
Matt Rose .... prosthetic painter
Russell Seifert .... alien makeup effects
Michael Spatola .... alien makeup effects
Michiko Tagawa .... alien makeup effects
Mike Trcic .... alien makeup effects
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Kenny Myers .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joan Bradshaw .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director (as Newton D. Arnold)
Jim Behnke .... first assistant director: second unit (as James Behnke)
Patricia Earnest .... dga trainee
Conrad E. Palmisano .... second unit director
Barbara M. Ravis .... second second assistant director (as Barbara Ravis)
Harvey Waldman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nigel A. Boucher .... leadman
Mike Carrillo .... assistant property master
Bryan Corbett .... propmaker gangboss
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator (as Dennis De Waay)
Steve Fegley .... construction foreman (as Steven E. Fegley)
Louis S. Fleming .... property master
John Warnke .... set designer
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. Benavente .... sound editor
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... sound editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Gabriel Cubos .... sound utility
Ezra Dweck .... sound effects recording
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Ken J. Johnson .... sound effects recordist (as Ken Johnson)
Donlee Jorgensen .... sound editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects (as Mark Mangini)
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
John Pospisil .... special sound effects
Robert Renga .... sound recordist
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor
David Spence .... sound editor
Peter Tomaszewicz .... foley editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Gordon Webb .... boom operator
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Stanley Amborn .... assistant special effects coordinator (as Stan Amborn)
Alec Gillis .... aliens creator: Stan Winston Studio
Richard Lopez .... special effects
Jeffrey Machit .... special effects
Shane Mahan .... aliens creator: Stan Winston Studio
Alan Rifkin .... special effects
John Robles .... special effects
John Rosengrant .... aliens creator: Stan Winston Studio
Shannon Shea .... aliens creator: Stan Winston Studio
Michael P. Stipe .... special effects (as Michael Stipe)
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects coordinator (as Joseph Unsinn)
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... aliens creator: Stan Winston Studio
Visual Effects by
Robert Grasmere .... special visual effects
Bret Mixon .... animation camera/titles
Monty Shook .... effect designer
Dennis C. Alpert .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Harold Burns .... stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts (as Roydon E. Clark)
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Roger Creed .... stunts
Gregg Dandridge .... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (as Greg W. Elam)
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Ralph Garrett .... stunts
Steve Geray .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Leslie Hoffman .... stunt driver
Leslie Hoffman .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Terence Stamp
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Paul M. Lane .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
Troy Melton .... stunts
Wayne Montanio .... stunts
Gary Morgan .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Nick Palmisano .... stunts
Chere Rae .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (as Tom Rosales Jr.)
Wally Rose .... stunts
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (as Bill Ryusaki)
Rick Sawaya .... stunts
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Lori Seaman .... stunts (as Lori Van der Veer)
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts
James Welch .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts (as James Wilkey)
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Marco Paul .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Philip Caplan .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Phil Caplan)
David Christie .... best boy grip
Alicia Craft .... second assistant camera
Donald Dahlquist .... best boy electric
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip
Frank M. Holgate .... director of photography: second unit (as Frank Holgate)
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Bob Munoz .... best boy grip (as Robert Munoz)
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
John Pierce .... best boy electric
Vance Piper .... first assistant camera
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera: 2nd unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Doreen Lane .... casting assistant
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... costumer
Michael J. Long .... costume supervisor
Linda Serijan .... costume supervisor (as Linda Serijan Fasmer)
Editorial Department
Don Brochu .... additional editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Phil Downey .... color timer
Tracy Granger .... assistant editor
Jean Morrisey .... associate editor
Lorraine Salk .... assistant editor
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Jerry Goldsmith .... musician
Daniel J. Johnson .... music editor
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Robert Schaper .... score mixer
Ellen Segal .... additional music editor
Lonnie Sill .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation coordinator
Mike Paventi .... transportation captain
Other crew
Bill Borden .... production executive
Craig Caton .... consultant: effects
Janis Benjamin Collister .... production coordinator
Bill Davis .... armorer
Sarah Elgart .... choreographer
Ernest D. Farino .... title designer: main titles
Kerry Fetzer .... caterer
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot
Richard J. Landon .... puppeteer
Van Ling .... linguistics consultant
Cass Martin .... location manager
Vicki Matlin .... caterer
Richard Powell .... location manager
Bruce Rush .... location manager
Susan Trembly .... unit publicist
Anne Warner .... script supervisor
Karl A. Wickman .... helicopter pilot (as Karl Wickman)

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Prior to theatrical release, Alien Nation was heavily re-edited in post production in order to be shorter. Originally it was supposed to be released in summer but due to the drastic re-editing it was released in October. Post production re-editing is also one of the reasons why Jerry Goldsmith's original score had to be removed and replaced.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco:You humans are very curious to us. You invite us to live among you in an atmosphere of equality that we've never known before. You give us ownership of our own lives for the first time and you ask no more of us than you do of yourselves. I hope you understand how special your world is, how unique a people you humans are. Which is why it is all the more painful and confusing to us that so few of you seem capable of living up to the ideals you set for yourselves.See more »
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Well made Sci-Fi, 19 October 2005
Author: Lt_Coffey_182 from Portsmouth, England

Alien Nation is a cross over between Sci-Fi and the 'buddy cop' genre. What separates this from the usual buddy film is that instead of the difference being ethnic/class/gender, it is human (James Caan) and alien (Mandy Patinkin).

The clichéd beginning with the main character's partner being killed is done very well with stylish gunplay and set pieces. Caan really shines in the action scenes and it is great to see him in such a tough guy role. Caan is a great actor and can do more than macho as he shows in the scenes involving his daughter when Caan displays remorse, making the audience feel more sympathetic towards him. Caan aside, the cast is fairly mediocre, full of average actors except Terrence Stamp who puts on a good show as the bad guy.

Something I loved about this film is how similar everything is to The Terminator. This is due to the film being produced by Gale Ann Hurd and there being other members of the Terminator crew present. Like Terminator, Alien Nation greatly benefits from the dark, murky feel of the environment, giving it an edge over a lot of Sci-Fi films which suffer from being too 'shiny'.

The film does a great job at exploring racism, giving the impression of time repeating itself regarding the Western civilisations treatment of blacks when they were forced in to the country. Caan's conversion from despising the "Newcomers" to accepting them is admirable and convincing. It is not an overnight change and it is done discretely, very convincing.

As with a lot of escapism films, you can not take Alien Nation too seriously so it is best to approach this film with an open mind and desire to be entertained rather than wishing to be introspective. A very well made, enjoyable film.

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