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Brother John (1971)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 15 August 1971 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Kane
Doc Thomas
Lloyd Thomas
Louisa MacGill
Ramon Bieri ...
Orly Ball
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Charley Gray
P. Jay Sidney ...
Rev. MacGill
Richard Ward ...
Henry Birkardt
Miss Nettie
Howard Rice ...
Darlene Rice ...
Harry Davis ...


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!


Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Kane  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Children of the Summer
Music by Quincy Jones and lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Performed by Clydie King
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Sidney Poitier as a being of mystery

Sidney Poitier gives an exemplary performance in a film in which the viewer is kept in suspense as to why and who. Right to the very end, the viewer never knows for sure what the visitor to a small town really is. The supporting cast is excellent and Will Geer and Sidney Poitier are outstanding.

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