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Alien Nation

Alien Nation

Director: Graham Baker, James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp

Cast: Graham Baker, James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp


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In this vaguely allegorical science fiction-crime film, a Los Angeles cop tries to solve the murder of his best friend with the help of his new partner -- a member of a star-faring alien race. In the near-future world of Alien Nation, the "Newcomers" are a race of formerly enslaved humanoids seeking refuge and integration into Earth society. These unusual


In this vaguely allegorical science fiction-crime film, a Los Angeles cop tries to solve the murder of his best friend with the help of his new partner -- a member of a star-faring alien race. In the near-future world of Alien Nation, the "Newcomers" are a race of formerly enslaved humanoids seeking refuge and integration into Earth society. These unusual immigrants face anger and resentment from some humans, including Matthew Sykes (James Caan), a cop whose partner, Tug (Roger Aaron Brown), was killed in a shoot-out with several Newcomers. In order to get some insight into Newcomer society and track down the "slags" who killed Tug, Sykes volunteers to take on a new partner, Sam "George" Francisco (Mandy Patinkin), the first alien ever promoted to the rank of detective. As Sykes tries to overcome his bigotry against George and his kind, who eat raw beaver and get drunk on spoiled milk, the friendly, helpful George soon learns the identity of Tug's killer: William Harcort (Terence Stamp), a pillar of Newcomer society who is secretly manufacturing the same powerful narcotic that was used to enslave his race. It's up to Sykes and George to stop Harcort before he turns his fellow Newcomers into drooling addicts and pulls the skeletons out of his race's closet for all of humankind to see. Omen 3 director Graham Baker made his screenwriting debut with Alien Nation, as did co-writer Rockne S. O'Bannon. Kenneth Johnson, creator of the miniseries V, would adapt Alien Nation into a weekly television show in 1989 and several made-for-TV movies in the mid-'90s.

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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A standard-issue cop flick with a sci-fi twist, Alien Nation utilizes the conventions of the genre -- the grizzled, rule-breaking detective, the rookie partner, the deadly new drug infecting the streets, and unfortunately, the black officer who dies in the first ten minutes -- even as it subverts them with a bit of humor and lots of Star Trek-worthy makeup effects. A puffy, weather-beaten James Caan plays straight man to an unrecognizable Mandy Patinkin's eager-to-please alien cop, both actors game enough to spout police force truisms without cracking a smile. Meanwhile, the venerable Terence Stamp, in possibly his only role to feature more makeup than his drag-queen character in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, portrays a "Newcomer" crime lord with elegant aplomb. Like the script's crime flick elements, the science fiction ideas here are mostly third-hand, but for a film that's basically a cross between V and The French Connection, Alien Nation is assembled with considerable finesse. The spacemen-assimilate plotline puts more emphasis on characters than on special effects, which probably kept the budget in line and certainly makes a change from the creatures-and-explosions trappings of many such genre exercises. The script's parallels between outer-space immigrants and their human counterparts may come off a little heavy-handed, but they do give Alien Nation a touch of social relevance. Throw in some strong action scenes, some pretty good gags, and Leslie Bevis as an alien good-time gal, and you've got a sci-fi film that pleases its core audience while giving the general action fan something to enjoy.

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20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caan Detective Matthew Sykes
Mandy Patinkin Detective Sam Francisco "George"
Terence Stamp William Harcort
Kevin Howard Kipling
Leslie Bevis Cassandra
Peter Jason Fedorchuk
Karen Rea Actor
George Jenesky Quint
Jeff Kober Josh Strader
Roger Aaron Brown Bill Tuggle
Tony Simotes Wiltey
Ed Krieger Alien Dealer
Tony Perez Alterez
Brian Thompson Trent Porter
Frank McCarthy Capt. Warner
Keone Young Winter
Don Hood Moffet
Earl Boen Duncan Crois
Robert Starr Coroner's Attendant
Bobby Sargent Coroners Driver
Bebe Drake Computer Operator
Edgar Small Minkler
Thomas Wagner O'Neal
Abraham Alvarez Mayor
Diana James Ortiz
Frank Collison Bentner
Tom de Franco Detective
Angela O'Neill Kristin Sykes
Kendall Conrad Mrs. Francisco
Tom Morga Raincoat
Jessica James Mrs. Porter
Tom Finnegan Natuzzi
Doug MacHugh Victor Goldrup
Alec Gillis Newcomer in Bar
Shuko Akune Police Secretary
Clarence M. Landry Actor
Van Ling Newcomer #1 on TV
George Robotham Boat Captain
Stephanie Shroyer Female Cop

Technical Credits
Graham Baker Director,Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Herb Adelman Asst. Director
Wayne Allwine Sound Editor
Dennis C. Alpert Stunts
David Anderson Makeup Special Effects
Grant Arndt Makeup Special Effects
Newt Arnold Asst. Director
Bruce Paul Barbour Stunts
Jim Behnke Asst. Director
Michael J. Benavente Sound Editor
Michael Benson Camera Operator
Kent Beyda Editor
John Blake Makeup Special Effects
Simone Boisseree Stunts
Roger Borelli Makeup Special Effects
Bradley J. Bovee Stunts
Joan Bradshaw Casting,Production Designer
Don Brochu Editor
Harold Burns Stunts
Phil Caplan Camera Operator
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Roydon E. Clark Stunts
Lucy Coldsnow Sound Editor
Eugene Collier Stunts
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Erik Cord Stunts
Roger Creed Stunts
Gregg G. Dandridge Stunts
Jim Duffy Set Decoration/Design
Greg Wayne Elam Stunts
Katalin Elek Makeup
Sarah Elgart Choreography
John M. Elliott Makeup
Greg Figiel Makeup Special Effects
Glory Fioramonti Stunts
George Fisher Stunts
Steve Frakes Makeup Special Effects
Mark Garbarino Makeup Special Effects
Ralph Garrett Stunts
Steve Geray Stunts
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Emilio M. Gonzales Makeup Special Effects
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Dick Hancock Stunts
Leslie Hoffman Stunts
Gale Anne Hurd Co-producer
Terry Jackson Stunts
Mike Johnson Stunts
Donlee Jorgensen Sound Editor
Jeff Kennemore Makeup Special Effects
Makio Kida Makeup Special Effects
Richard Kobritz Co-producer
Eryn Krueger Makeup Special Effects
Richard J. Landon Makeup Special Effects
Paul Lane Stunts
Paul Lane Stunts
Richard Lopez Special Effects
Jeffrey Machit Special Effects
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Karen Mason Makeup Special Effects
Dwayne McGee Stunts
Bill McIntosh Stunts
Troy Melton Stunts
Michael Mills Makeup
Wayne Montanio Stunts
Gary Morgan Stunts
Colin C. Mouat Sound Editor
Joseph C. Nemec Art Director
Rockne S. O'Bannon Screenwriter
Nick Palmisano Stunts
Conrad Palmisano Stunts
Brian Penikas Makeup Special Effects
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
John Price Makeup Special Effects
Chere Rae Stunts
Jeff Ramsey Stunts
Karen Rea Casting
Alan Rifkin Special Effects
John Robles Special Effects
Thomas Rosales Stunts
Wally Rose Stunts
Matt Rose Makeup Special Effects
Bill M. Ryusaki Stunts
Rick Sawaya Stunts
Sharon Schaffer Stunts
Solange S. Schwalbe Sound Editor
Rick Seaman Stunts
Russell Seifert Makeup Special Effects
Curt Sobel Score Composer,Editor
Michael Spatola Makeup Special Effects
David Spence Sound Editor
Michael P. Stipe Special Effects
Jerry Summers Stunts
Michiko Tagawa Makeup Special Effects
Michael Trcic Makeup Special Effects
Lori M. Van der Veer Stunts
Rock Walker Stunts
Greg Walker Stunts
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
James Welch Stunts
Monty Westmore Makeup
Charles Wilborn Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Wilkey Stunts
Brian J. Williams Stunts
Harry Wowchuk Stunts
Dick Ziker Stunts
Papp Zoltan Makeup


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