- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 8, 2009
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case - Sensormatic
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 4.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - English, French
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes: Footage
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Bonus Trailers
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/07/1988
"...Works as a witty parable....[Caan and Patinkin are] excellent..."
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.
Thought-provoking, witty and entertaining, this action-packed blend of science fiction and police drama finds Los Angeles the new home of 300,000 humanoid extraterrestrial. When a gang of these Newcomers kills a police detective's (James Cann) partner, he sets out to solve the crime with his new partner (Mandy Patinkin) - the L.A.P.D.'s first Newcomer detective. But the unlikely pair soon uncover a far more dangerous threat to society.
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.