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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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Graham Baker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Matthew Sykes
Mandy Patinkin ... Sam Francisco
Terence Stamp ... William Harcourt
Kevyn Major Howard ... Kipling
Leslie Bevis ... Cassandra
Peter Jason ... Fedorchuk
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Quint (as George Jenesky)
Jeff Kober ... Josh Strader
Roger Aaron Brown ... Bill Tuggle
Tony Simotes Tony Simotes ... Wiltey
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Human Dealer
Ed Krieger Ed Krieger ... Alien Dealer
Tony Perez ... Alterez
Brian Thompson ... Trent Porter
Francis X. McCarthy ... 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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Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Future Tense See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 the Newcomer, whom he calls "Strader", he is actually talking with Watson, but this scene was changed during re-editing, which is why Harcourt is not shown saying "Mr. Strader" on-screen. Later, when Strader's dead body is found on the beach, he has two bullet holes in his chest, but as seen in the earlier scene, Newcomer "Strader", who is actually Watson, was killed by sea water, and he also wears different clothes. A 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 comes out of nowhere. If you look at the clothes that this Newcomer wears, you can see that it's the 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 the continuity mistake where Sykes is first seen going down the stairs with his gun, then when he fights with the Newcomer, he doesn't have his gun, then when the scene cuts to George pointing his gun at the police car that Harcourt and Kipling took, Sykes is again seen in background running down the stairs carrying his gun. See more »

Goofs

During the shootout at the beginning of the film Kipling fires the 'BRI Sabot Slugs' at Tuck from his shotgun's drum magazine before he is seen loading the magazine in the first place. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: [Sykes has just cornered Harcourt] Hands Up!
[Harcourt raises his hands, producing a tube of ja-bru-kha]
Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes: You make one move and you're history.
William Harcourt: Not history... ETERNITY!
[consumes a big dose of the ja-bru-kha]
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture's opening title card reads: "The City of Los Angeles in 1991. They have landed." See more »

Alternate Versions

In UK cinemas, 2 versions were shown in different cinemas. In some cinemas, certain Newcomer native dialogue was subtitled into English and in others it was not. This happens most notably in the scene where George and the morgue attendant discuss the Newcomer corpse and recognise aspects of the body as representing the drug addiction. Also a short dialogue between Harcourt and Kipling after Harcourt first meets George and Matt where Kipling tells Harcourt that Sykes was the policeman in the shootout at the film's opening. See more »

Connections

Featured in Alien Nation (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc.
Performed by Jane's Addiction
Courtesy of Tripple X Records
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"Don't take it personally. I'm a bigot."
30 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Tough cop (James Caan) hates aliens, even more so after his partner is killed by one. His new partner, wouldn't you know it, is also an alien (Mandy Patinkin). In trying to track down the killer of Caan's former partner, the two uncover a larger conspiracy.

Had this movie been made in the '50s or '60s, it would have been pretty strong. But by 1988 was it really necessary to do a movie dealing with race relations by using aliens as a metaphor? Rockne S. O'Bannon's unchallenging script hits on all the familiar racial conflict themes that had been played out long before this was released in many, many movies. If you take the racial component out of it, you're left with a by-the-numbers odd couple/buddy cop drama. Enjoyable enough, thanks to the likable performances of Caan and Patinkin, but it's still routine stuff.


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