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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 to the George Jetson character name.
The October 1987 draft of the screenplay credits a rewrite to James Cameron but Cameron is not credited in the final film.
Brian Thompson (Trent Porter) is the only actor to appear in both the original film version of Alien Nation (1988) and the subsequent television adaptation Alien Nation (1989).
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Curt Sobel replaced Jerry Goldsmith as the film's music score composer. Goldssmith's synthetic and score was rejected early in post production for being "too weird" and replaced with music by Sobel. Goldsmith's rejected score was released in Spring 2005 as a Varese Sarabande CD Club Release limited to 3000 copies.
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Prior to theatrical release, Alien Nation (1988) was heavily re-edited in post production in order for the film to be shorter. Originally, the movie was supposed to be released in summer, but due to this drastic and severe re-editing, the picture was instead released in October 1988. Post production re-editing is also one of the reasons why Jerry Goldsmith's original music score had to be removed and replaced.
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Theatrical trailer shows parts of deleted fight scene between Sykes and Kipling that happens right after Harcourt overdoses and seemingly dies. In the movie Kipling is last seen groaning and regaining consciousness before his car explodes. In deleted fight scene Kipling knocks Sykes on ground and is about to kill him when George/San Francisco shoots Kipling with Sykes's handgun and kills him.
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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.
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When George (Mandy Patinkin) is comforting the old woman a poster of former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard can be seen hanging next to the Pepsi cooler.
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The infamous "machine with no purpose" can be seen as part of the lab used to make the alien narcotic drug.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "The City of Los Angeles in 1991. They have landed."
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The nick-names of Detective Samuel Francisco (Mandy Patinkin) were "Sam" and "George".
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This sci-fi buddy movie was set in the year 1991 and was first released in the year of 1988. The 1991 year at the time of original film release was only about three years later into the then future.
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The movie the following year after its 1988 debut generated during 1989-1990 a short-lived spin-off television series Alien Nation (1989) which ran for about a year. The picture and its subsequent TV series also spun-off five later telemovies all made during the 1990s, they being Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994), Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995), Alien Nation: Millennium (1996), Alien Nation: The Enemy Within (1996) and Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy (1997). Also generated in print from "Alien Nation" was a series of comic books and a series of fictional science-fiction novels.
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This movie was made and released about two years after Aliens (1986) and four years before Alien³ (1992). All three movies were from the 20th Century Fox studio. Alien Nation (1988) though was not an installment of the _Alien (1979)_ film franchise despite the picture having the word "Alien" in the title.
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Debut produced screenplay of writer Rockne S. O'Bannon.
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The name of detective Sam Francisco (aka Samuel Francisco) portrayed by Mandy Patinkin was somewhat of a parody and reference to the city of San Francisco in California even though the movie was not set there but in the same state's city of Los Angeles.
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The number of alien humanoids living in the city of Los Angeles in the movie in 1991 was approximately 300,000.
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The Earth name for the species of alien humanoids was the "Newcomers".
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Many movie posters featured a long blurb that read: "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. Alien Nation. Prepare yourself."
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The American gridiron football team that Detective Sergeant Matthew Sykes (James Caan) supported was The Dallas Cowboys a t-shirt depicting this seen worn by Caan throughout the film.
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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.
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The real home alien birth name of Detective Samuel (Sam) 'George' Francisco (Mandy Patinkin) was "Ss'tangya T'ssorentsa".
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The time each day of production it took to apply the make-up to the actors portraying the aliens was around four hours.
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One of two science-fiction films released in the year of 1988 that featured alien characters assimilated into modern day society on the planet Earth. The films are Alien Nation (1988) and John Carpenter's They Live (1988).
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The Rudyard Kipling character portrayed by Kevyn Major Howard had the same name as the famous writer Rudyard Kipling.
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The derogatory nick-name for the species of alien humanoids known as "Newcomers" was "slags".
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The movie's main trailer boldly declares with the film titles in capital letters that this picture is "From the Producer of Aliens (1986) and The Terminator (1984)".
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The nick-name for the region where the alien humanoids, known as "Newcomers", populated the most, was "Slagtown".
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The picture is considered a variation of the odd couple cop-buddy movie by partnering a human cop with an alien humanoid immigrant.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

After Harcourt's transformation, he is no longer played by Terence Stamp, who refused to wear the more elaborate make-up.

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