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Alien Nation (1988)

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In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matthew Sykes
... Sam Francisco
... William Harcourt
... Kipling
... Cassandra
... Fedorchuk
Conrad Dunn ... Quint (as George Jenesky)
... Josh Strader
... Bill Tuggle
Tony Simotes ... Wiltey
Michael David Simms ... Human Dealer
Ed Krieger ... Alien Dealer
... Alterez
... Trent Porter
... Capt. Warner (as Frank McCarthy)
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Storyline

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 | Sci-Fi

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alien Nation: The Movie  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,216,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,155,047
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The derogatory nickname for the species of alien humanoids known as "Newcomers" was "slags". Slag is the stony waste left over from the smelting of metal ore. Slag has no use or value and is simply thrown away. Note that the prejudice is placed in the context of Sykes and Tugg being best friends, despite the fact that men like Sykes had the same derisive attitude towards men like Tugg. See more »

Goofs

At the gun range, Sykes makes a speech to George about hunting down his partner's killer, then he turns and walks away. At this point James Caan forgets to take the gun. He then ad-libs, telling George to bring his gun. See more »

Quotes

[Matt and George are showing each other pictures of their respective children]
Det. Samuel 'George' Francisco: This is my son, Richard. He's four years old. We named him after your former president, Richard Nixon.
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: [beat] George, from now on, tell people that you named him after the director Richard Burton. Just trust me on this.
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SCARY MONSTERS
Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Jones Music America
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Decent science fiction
3 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is the film that inspired the excellent television show and the many specials that followed its cancellation. This film has good performances by James Cann and mandy Patinkin, that elevate it above the norm. It is a combination buddy film, crime drama and science fiction story. Surprisingly it comes together very well. This film is not the best of the genre, some of the television shows surpass it, yet it worth a watch.


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