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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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Darlene Rice ...
Marsha
Harry Davis ...
Turnkey
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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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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 »

Quotes

John Kane: What do you want from me Doctor Thomas? I can't tell you anything.
Doc Thomas: I know. You might just be a paranoid schizophrenic, and I might be a senile psychotic sharing your delusion.
John Kane: That's possible.
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Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) 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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Poitier plays a man who was always "different" and enigmatic, who returns to his home town
13 September 1998 | by (Chicago Illinois USA) – See all my reviews

I found the movie thought provoking when I first saw it. So much so, I purchased and read the book. Will Geer gives a performance that should have gotten him at least an oscar nomimation. The conversations between Poitier's character and Geer's are simple yet profound in what they imply. Not an action movie, more of a prophetic drama. Not a lot of people I have talked to have seen it but of those who have seen it, they have liked it. Its a great discussion group movie.


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