Alien Nation

Year: 1988
Director: Graham Baker
Cast: James Caan, Terence Stamp
Good premise, silly movie.

After a race of alien beings that were the slaves of other beings have arrived on Earth and been assimilated into our way of life, they're everywhere (as told in the opening sequence - learning to dance, driving cabs, and working as bartenders).

An allegory of racism and discrimination, they're ostracised and rejected by bigots like the hero, cop Matthew Sykes (Caan), who has to learn to accept them when he's partnered with one who helps him solve the crime that's central to the plot, a conspiracy by a handful of evil aliens in a Mafiosi-type crime ring.

Take away the alien backdrop, and it's just another crime thriller.

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