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Brother John (1971)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 15 August 1971 (Sweden)
A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

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John Kane
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Doc Thomas
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Lloyd Thomas
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Louisa MacGill
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Orly Ball
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George
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Charley Gray
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Rev. MacGill
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Frank
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Henry Birkardt
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Miss Nettie
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Cleve
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Harry Davis ...
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John Kane (Sidney Poitier) always seems to know when there will be a death in his family, despite not being in touch with them, and returns to his hometown. He has come home again, to be at his sister's deathbed and funeral. There is a strike in the town, and the police think he is a labor agitator. His well-used passport and unusual book collection only fuel their suspicions. But the town's doctor has always noticed that John is different, and thinks he has a larger purpose in life.

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Brother John just blew into town...and the town is about to blow apart!

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »
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15 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Trivia

Columbia Pictures was denied the use of the name Kane for this picture by a 3-man industry panel on Apr. 24, 1970. RKO claimed the moniker would be detrimental to the movie Citizen Kane (1941) which was still in reissue. Variety, May 20, 1970. See more »

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John Kane: I have seen... people. Swarming all over the world... like maggots on a rotten apple, getting ready to leap off the earth. First to the moon, and then to the stars.
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Featured in Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men (2002) See more »

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Children of the Summer
Music by Quincy Jones and lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Performed by Clydie King
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An intriguing, hard to find film
23 June 2001 | by (Greater Milwaukee) – See all my reviews

I only saw the movie once, back when it came out, but it left an impression on me. John is an enigma, one we discover more puzzling things about but never anything that is a solid answer. Like Will Geer's character, we can guess things about John and the reasons for his return, but we will never know the answers.... At least not until John chooses to act.

By the way, the film makes an interesting mirror to IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Consider that film as if it were an X-Files episode....


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