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Alien Nation (1989)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 18 September 1989
As resentment toward the Tenctonese Newcomers builds, Sikes and Francisco investigate a string of murders that appears to be the work of a giant, insect-like creature.


Kenneth Johnson


Rockne S. O'Bannon (characters), Kenneth Johnson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Graham ... Detective Matthew Sikes
Eric Pierpoint ... Detective George Francisco
Michele Scarabelli ... Susan Francisco
Lauren Woodland ... Emily Francisco
Sean Six Sean Six ... Buck Francisco
Terri Treas ... Cathy Frankel
Molly Morgan ... Jill Molaskey
Jeffrey Marcus ... Albert Einstein (as Jeff Marcus)
Jeff Doucette ... Burns
Ron Fassler ... Captain Bryon Grazer
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Sergeant Dobbs
L. Scott Caldwell ... Lyddie
Diane Cary ... Jill's Mother
William Frankfather ... Purist Leader
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Teacher


A bigoted human policeman in the L.A. of the future and his alien partner learn to live with each other's differences while attempting to solve a drug conspiracy hidden in the subculture of Los Angeles' newest immigrant population: extraterrestrials. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi


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The alien ship that lands is called the Gruza. "Gruza" is a Russian word that means "cargo". See more »


Officer Maria Puente: [voice over, as she confesses on why she killed Tuggle, Sikes former partner] You have to understand something about me. Before I was a cop , I was a guard. At the woman's prison in Chino. You can't imagine the kinds of things that go on in there. What woman do to other woman. Particulary if they find out that a woman was a guard or a cop... The Overseers. Yes. I can tell you about the Overseers. When they were on the ship, they used a special gas in the atmosphere to keep the slaves submissive....
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invasion of the eggplant heads
4 November 2004 | by march9hareSee all my reviews

Like many other series before - and since - "Alien Nation" was adapted for the small screen from a big screen motion picture, in this case starring Mandy Patinkin and James Caan, if you can believe that. Gary Graham reprises the role played by Caan of Det. Sgt. Matt Sykes, a bigot LA cop. Graham, of course, is probably best remembered for the good job - well, okay, adequate job - he did in "The Hollywood Knights" and the not so good job in "Robot Jox". Like the movie, the series concerns itself with a shipload of basically human-looking aliens, who are in fact escaped slaves, that arrive on Earth and try to adapt to human culture. They have their quirks, like getting drunk on sour milk, and their weaknesses, like dying horribly on contact with salt water, but basically they just want to get along. In their efforts to do just that, they adopt human-sounding names, which leads to one of the show's running gags. Sykes' alien partner, for example, is Det. Sam Francisco. Once, it's cute. But more than once, or even occasionally, it can easily get out of hand, and did, with characters like Pete Moss, Mike Raphone, et al ad nauseum. Did this show get silly and tedious at times? Yup, but no more so than other sci-fi series, like "Timecop", the brainchild of Harve Bennett (yes, THAT Harve Bennett), "RoboCop", "Mantis", "Viper", and a whole raft of other sackrace losers that all fell out of a Crumbum Tree and hit every branch on the way down. Having said this, we actually liked this show, and didn't for one centon believe Fox's reason for cancellation, to wit: the makeup costs of the actors prosthetic headpieces for a weekly show were just too high. Tell it to someone who believes it. This was, in the last analysis, a pretty good show as these things go, and really deserved better

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18 September 1989 (USA) See more »

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