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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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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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Action | Sci-Fi

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Alien Nation: The Movie  »

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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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Curt Sobel replaced Jerry Goldsmith as the film's Composer. Goldsmith's 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 three thousand copies. See more »

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When Sykes is about to be struck by Hubley's son at the bar, Francisco stops him. The son then says something in the Newcomer language that is translated on screen as, "You smell like a human". However, he is only saying Francisco's real name, the same one Francisco himself told Sykes earlier, not a statement about him smelling like a human. See more »

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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.
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Soundtracks

YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson)
Performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (as Smokey Robinson and The Miracles)
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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Not half bad
27 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Considering that it is little more than your standard cop buddy movie, the slight variation being that the buddies are a tough seen-it-all cop and a by-the-books rookie who is an alien, Alien Nation ends up being a pretty good film. You can give a lot of credit to James Caan and Mandy Patankin for that. They have great chemistry as the partners. Both are very accomplished actors, and they make a very cliched script into something well worth watching. 7/10


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