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Rockne S. O'Bannon (written by)
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Release Date:
7 October 1988 (USA) See more »
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Prepare Yourself. See more »
Plot:
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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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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
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
 
Stunts
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
Marco Paul .... utility 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
 
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
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Originally in the scene where Sykes is talking with Cassandra in night club, there was a part where George is searching through the rooms (this is why Sykes is pointing him to go out in the earlier scene) when suddenly he is attacked by another newcomer called Todd Watson. When Watson tries to escape Sykes and George chase after him and manage to get him. After questioning him, they let him go but when they leave Watson is knocked out by Harcourt's men and taken to the beach. In the scene where Harcourt talks with newcomer who he calls Strader, he is actually talking with Watson but this scene was obviously changed during re-editing, which is why Harcourt is not shown saying "Mr. Strader" onscreen. Later in the movie when Strader's dead body is found on the beach he has two bullet holes in his chest, but as seen in earlier scene newcomer "Strader", who is actually Watson, is killed by sea water and he also wears different clothes. Later scene where Cassandra tries to kill Harcourt when she realizes that he killed Strader was also changed, originally in the scene Harcourt admitted killing Watson, her boyfriend, which is why she tries to kill him. Also in the scene where Sykes and George are chasing after Harcourt and Kipling there is a part where Sykes knocks out one newcomer that came out of nowhere. If you look at the clothes that this newcomer wears you can see that it's same newcomer who was beaten and killed by Harcourt's men on the beach, Todd Watson. This scene was originally part of the previously mentioned chase scene in the middle of the movie where Sykes and George are going after him. This also explains continuity mistake where Sykes is first seen going down the stairs with his gun, then when he fights with newcomer he doesn't have his gun, then when scene cuts to George pointing his gun at police car that Harcourt and Kipling took Sykes is again seen in background running down the stairs carrying his gun.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: When George is hanging outside the helicopter, above the water surface, he should be screaming in pain since the rotor-blades would whip up a pretty dense cloud of seawater, thus he would be injured since his race is extremely sensitive against seawater, as pointed out by Joshua Strader, and William Harcourt in the end scene, their bodies react to it as we would to sulfuric acid, as referenced in the movie.See more »
Quotes:
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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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Ahead Of It's Time..., 27 June 2006
Author: jcdugger from United States

Many people have the wrong impression of this movie. Most group it in within the "cop/buddy" genre and cheesy sci-fi. But "Alien Nation" is much more than that. In fact, it was way ahead of it's time.

I saw this movie in a dimly-lit, run-down Detroit-area theater at the age 14, an afternoon in the fall of 1988. I recall how the "atmosphere" of the movie matched that of the run-down theater I was sitting in. At 14, and with the title of "Alien Nation", a young kid like myself wanted to see weird alien creatures and lots of action. At the time, I was disappointed. This movie is about story, not action or weird aliens. Although I didn't really understand nor enjoy the movie at the time, it always stuck with me for some reason. So, nearly 18 years after seeing it on the silver screen, I re-watched it at home and was amazed by the depth of the story and the grittiness of the background. It was little wonder why I didn't like it at 14, but absolutely loved it at 32.

This story is really about race and immigration, with the hated race being alien immigrants. It shows how hatred and ignorance over race can transform one's personality, like the lead character played by James Caan.

Alien Nation asks questions about ourselves as humans. Revolutionary questions. How would we react if aliens landed on Earth and announced they were escaping a brutal planet full of slavery and have immigrated to Earth? Would we accept them as our own, or would we force them to become outcasts? Would we allow an "Affirmative Action" scenario in regards to Aliens and Alien rights? Would we offer them high-paying jobs and/or top-notch education, depriving humans of those same jobs and quality education in exchange? To me, Alien Nation is one of the more possible (and perhaps likely) scenarios. Aliens delegated to run-down areas of big cities. Token jobs occasionally handed out because it's forced by the Government to do so. And a general disgust towards Aliens amongst the human population. In that regard, this movie was way ahead of the curve.

Great movie. 9 out of 10 stars. Recommended for those over 25, perhaps those with a higher intellect than most. Not recommended for someone looking for a "Men In Black" type of Alien movie. Not your typical Hollywood blockbuster filled with Aliens, that's for sure.

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JD

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