In the Los Angeles of the near future, aliens have come to live among us. They've learned the language and tried to fit in. But there's something about them we don't know. Two detectives - one human, one alien - put aside their mutual distrust and uncover a trail of murder and something more terrifying.
Gale Anne Hurd - Producer
Roger Aaron Brown - Supporting Actor
George Jenesky - American Actor
Kevyn Major Howard - American Actor
Richard Kobritz - Sci-Fi/ Horror Producer
Peter Jason - American Actor
Graham Baker - Director
Kent Beyda - Editor
Mandy Patinkin - Stage/Film Actor/Singer
Terence Stamp - British actor
Adam Greenberg - Director of Photography, GHOST (1990)
Rockne S. O'Bannon
James Caan - American Director, actor, THE GODFATHER (1972)
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 91
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 024543013037
- Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: September 2009
Set in a futuristic Los Angeles, 300,000 humanoid extra-terrestrials (called "Newcomers" or "Slags") from an alien refugee slave ship decide to stay on earth and integrate themselves into human society. When Matthew Sykes, an alcoholic and bigoted cop, is paired with one of these Newcomers to investigate a murder, they uncover a sinister conspiracy that threatens to destroy the fragile harmony between aliens and humans.
Aliens makeup created by Stan Winston Studios. Budget estimate $16 million. Began shooting October 12, 1987; completed January 13, 1988. Released in USA October 7, 1988. Released on video May 30, 1989. Filmed in Los Angeles, California and shot in DeLuxe color. Sound by Dolby. French translated title for the film is "Alien Nation futur immediat, Los Angeles 1991." Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors. The New York times listed the running time as 89 minutes.
"...Works as a witty parable....[Caan and Patinkin are] excellent..." - 10/07/1988 New York Times, p.C10