Long before Mandy Patinkin became an endearingly obnoxious doctor in Chicago Hope, he was a mottle-headed space creature in Alien Nation. He sensibly chose not to take his creation to the small screen when it became a TV series.
In Los Angeles, three years after thousands of aliens known as “newcomers” are uncomfortably integrated into Californian society, the uneasy co-existence between the people from space and humans is tested when Earthling detective – and hard-core bigot – Matt Sykes (James Caan) joins forces with a “newcomer” cop – Detective Sam Francisco (Patinkin), who Sykes calls “George” – to track down a murderous gang who killed Sykes’ old partner during a convenience store holdup.
Terence Stamp plays William Harcourt, another newcomer who has become a respected man in the community – who also hides a dark secret. Kevyn Major Howard plays Harcourt’s hired assassin, Rudyard Kipling. They don’t come much meaner-looking than Kipling!
Director Graham Baker expertly combines the sci-fi and thriller elements and is well served by his two leads, particularly Patinkin, who manages to create a moving character while operating under a ton of latex.
Sam “George” Francisco
Kevyn Major Howard
Roger Aaron Brown