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ALIEN NATION (1988) **

In the not too distant future, aliens called “Newcomers” come to Earth and are welcomed into society, but have to face racism (err… speciesism) from most humans.  An alien cop named “Sam Francisco” (Mandy Patinkin) is paired up with the gruff Sykes (James Caan) and they have to put their differences aside to solve a murder involving a prominent alien politician (Terence Stamp).  There are some neat twists (like aliens getting drunk on sour milk), but the movie can’t decide if it wants to be a futuristic buddy action movie or a sci-fi social parable.  It turns out to be lacking in both departments and unfortunately the title is the cleverest thing about the movie.  Patinkin and Cann are both good and make the movie watchable.  It later inspired a television show, which easily surpassed the film in popularity.

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