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      Alien Nation

      R Released Oct 7, 1988 1 hr. 30 min. Sci-Fi List
      53% 32 Reviews Tomatometer 43% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score In Los Angeles circa 1991, humans live alongside extraterrestrial humanoid beings whose spaceship crash landed three years earlier. This coexistence is not always harmonious, as exemplified by segregated slums and the uneasy partnership of police detective Matthew Sykes (James Caan) with new humanoid partner Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin). However, the pair begin to overcome their differences as they investigate a slum drug ring led by the slippery William Harcourt (Terence Stamp). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 07 Buy Now

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      Alien Nation takes the interesting premise of extraterrestrials living among us and doesn't do enough with it, emphasizing a police procedural plotline over the more intriguing sci-fi elements.

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      AB L interesting ideas but it becomes silly and formulaic. Also the whole idea of the story being a metaphor about race relations is so obvious it borders on offensive. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/31/23 Full Review Mike J Sonic lord king king lord king evil lord Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 04/29/22 Full Review robert p What a rediculous scenario with Aliens living in poverty and we were suppose to help them, forgetting that aliens are just like us, the thieves, the dopers, the crooked, and the I do not care about anyone but me! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review cees t Ok buddy cop movie if you don't mind the plot holes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member What should have been a cool sci-fi alien invasion movie turned out to just be a boring 80s cop movie. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review George M 2.5 bags, so almost by the end of this movie I realized it, "Alien Nation" is also kinda like saying "alienation." So that's one bag. Caan? One more bag. Patinkin in alien disguise? .5 bag. I thot the aliens looked lame, except for the lady alien that came on to Caan I'da been like what's up. This was on prime and even though Amazon is a big evil corp prime has gotten me through 531 and saved me a lot on shipping to kinda like the aliens and themes of this movie whose to say whether that's good or bad. This movie also had Stamp, who was also a bad guy in Wall Street. Another reason I couldn't bequeath it more bags is cause they never say the name of the movie in either form. The score is this movie is likewise really bad, it needed some steel drums. It has some guitar playing in it where all the notes are all bent out of tune and the playing is sloppy AMF, guess the guitarist was on some of the drugs the aliens were slanging! So yeah I won't watch it again. Next?!!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/17/20 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jay Carr Boston Globe Instead of exploring the differences and strangeness of the aliens, and giving them the kind of interesting particularity that "Blade Runner" did, Alien Nation can't domesticate and demystify its aliens quickly enough. May 12, 2018 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times This plot contains the elements of a good idea, but it does so little with it, and is so cheerfully willing to recycle an absolutely standard story, that the idea is finally just frustrating. Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Alien Nation is the height of nonsense, but its not offensive, it moves quickly and it has Terence Stamp. [Full review in Spanish] Jul 5, 2022 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Were it not for the thinly-veiled social commentary, little of this would be original. Rated: 5/10 Mar 24, 2021 Full Review Walter Chaw Film Freak Central "... a sometimes-brilliant metaphor for the experience of Asian immigrants in the United States." Nov 5, 2019 Full Review Sergio Benítez Espinof 'Alien Nation' fails to offer the viewer more than a vague entertainment. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 11, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In Los Angeles circa 1991, humans live alongside extraterrestrial humanoid beings whose spaceship crash landed three years earlier. This coexistence is not always harmonious, as exemplified by segregated slums and the uneasy partnership of police detective Matthew Sykes (James Caan) with new humanoid partner Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin). However, the pair begin to overcome their differences as they investigate a slum drug ring led by the slippery William Harcourt (Terence Stamp).
      Director
      Graham Baker
      Executive Producer
      Bill Borden
      Screenwriter
      Rockne S. O'Bannon
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 7, 1988, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 20, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $24.7M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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