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is a 1988 American science fiction action film written by Rockne S. O'Bannon and directed by Graham Baker. The ensemble cast features James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp. Its initial popularity inaugurated the beginning of the Alien Nation media franchise. The film depicts the assimilation of the "Newcomers", an alien race settling in Los Angeles, much to the initial dismay of the local population. The plot integrates the neo-noir and buddy cop film genres with a science fiction theme, centering on the relationship between a veteran police investigator (Caan) and an extraterrestrial (Patinkin), the first Newcomer detective. The duo probe a criminal underworld while attempting to solve a homicide.
The film was a co-production between American Entertainment Partners and 20th Century Fox, which distributed it theatrically. Alien Nation explores murder, discrimination and science fiction.
Alien Nation was released in the United States on October 7, 1988, and grossed over $32 million worldwide, becoming a moderate financial success. The film was met with mixed critical reviews before its theatrical release, although it has since gained a cult following. The motion picture spawned a short-lived television series, five television films, a set of comic books, as well as a number of novels, all in an attempt to continue the character development surrounding its fictional alien culture.
A all round buddy cop movie with a alien thrown in as a the straight laced one this 80s cop action hits all the right beats and leave you satisfied.
An unexpected role for Caan here,who you can just not imagine taking on a part like this.A cracking Sc-Fi which is as much about acceptance of other Countries and cultures as it is a Great Alien Action Adventure.
All of the movies which explain the series' arcs are not in this box set...which is a shame because they cancelled this series way too early...eventually, (liken this word a lot), I would like to own and see all FIVE movies, however the price of the movie set is RIDICULOUS too expensive for my budget...will have to wait for the price to drop to reasonable levels...
As a scifi geek I absolutely love this movie. Original "alien" concepts and great story, BUT I am exceedingly disappointed in two things. First the Bluray quality is really not much better than the DVD and second there are no subtitles when the aliens are speaking their native toungue. I have seen it enough that I know the crux of what they are saying but for someone who has not you will be a little lost. The DVD had them.
The movie is great. But the sound of the character's dialog was very faint and sounded as if it were recorded with a video camera shooting a tv screen. It was very hard to hear because the rest of the sound was fine, so the background music and other sounds were at full volume while the dialog was hard to hear it was so low. Very poor quality. I'm really upset because this was a favorite movie of mine and I was really looking forward to seeing it again after so many years. The three stars are for the movie alone, because I'd give the sound quality one star.