Alien Nation script
Alien Nation (1998)
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).


Hope their plumbing's the same.


It is.

(and Sykes gives him

a look)

-- A Newcomer lowrider pulls up beside the slug-mobile.

-- An alien couple exit a theater playing "Terminator


-- An alien wig shop.


TITLES END, and we start to PULL BACK into the slug-mobile

and HEAR:


So you gonna go, or you not gonna



The dashboard is littered with fast-food detritus and two

coffees in styrofoam cups making fog circles on the

windshield. A hand picks up one of the coffees and we

FOLLOW IT to a face, a forty-year-old cop face that's seen

some wear and tear -- behind the wheel is MATT SYKES.

Beside him is his partner of nine years, BILL TUGGLE.

Tuggle expertly munches on a slice of pizza as he talks.


How can I go?


Put on your wash-and-wear suit and

your clip-on tie, have your landlady

tie your shoes for you, and show up

at the church. Simple.


Me and Carol are going.




Hey, look -- we've known Kristin

since... since she was conceived in

that cabin up in Big Bear.

Remember? You and Edie banged the

wall so hard, me and Carol were

picking plaster out of our hair for

a week...


Goddammit, Tug -- I want to see

Kristin get married, okay? But--


But you're bummed because your ex

and her new husband are paying for

the whole thing.


Shit, if Kristin had to get married

where I could afford it, we'd be

holding the reception at Buddy's


Sykes stares out the window, wallowing in his pissed-off

mood. Then he spots something that twinges his street-cop



Uh-oh... Check it out.

THROUGH THE WINDOW Tuggle sees what Sykes sees: two ALIENS

in long coats moving down the sidewalk, entering a mom-

and-pop mini-mart on the corner. One of them wears dark

glasses and a red bandana (KIPLING): the other has on a

black vinyl raincoat.

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Rockne S. O'Bannon

Rockne S. O'Bannon was born on January 12, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Defiance (2013), Farscape (1999) and Cult (2013). more…

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