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.
Alien Nation is a 1988 American buddy cop neo-noir science fiction action film directed by Graham Baker. The ensemble cast features James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp. 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 a union between a veteran police investigator (Caan) and an extraterrestrial (Patinkin); the first Newcomer detective. The duo probe a criminal underworld 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. Its initial popularity inaugurated the beginning of the Alien Nation media franchise. 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 the fictional alien culture.
Alien Nation (1988)
Directed by: Graham Baker
Starring: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard, Leslie Bevis, Peter Jason, Conrad Dunn, Jeff Kober
Screenplay by: Rockne S. O’Bannon
Production Design by: Jack T. Collis
Cinematography by: Adam Greenberg
Film Editing by: Kent Beyda
Costume Design by: Erica Edell Phillips
Set Decoration by: Jim Duffy
Art Direction by: Joseph C. Nemec
Music by: Curt Sobel
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: October 7, 1988