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The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  7 September 1984 (USA)
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A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

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Rosanna Carter ...
West Indian Woman
Ray Ramirez ...
Hispanic Man
Yves Rene ...
Haitian Man
Peter Richardson ...
Islamic Man
Ginny Yang ...
Korean Shopkeeper
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Fly
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Odell
Leonard Jackson ...
Smokey
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Walter
Maggie Renzi ...
Noreen
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Noreen's Client
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Sam
Minnie Gentry ...
Mrs. Brown
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Bernice (as Ren Woods)
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The Brother is an alien who has crash-landed on Earth, in New York City. While mute, strongly empathic, and able to fix things, he resembles a Black man with strange feet. His attempt to make a place for himself in Harlem is an allegory for the immigrant experience in the United States. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters from the Brother's home planet arrive and try to capture him. Written by Reid Gagle

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He's not just another out-of-towner. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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7 September 1984 (USA)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,700,000 (USA)
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One of a number of collaborations of John Sayles and David Strathairn. See more »

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When the Brother is stealing a car, a crew member's reflection is visible in the car's window. See more »

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Man In Black: [sitting at the bar] Beer.
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References The Game of Death (1978) See more »

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Sung by Dee Dee Bridgewater
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A beautiful movie
30 September 2003 | by (Dallas, TX USA) – See all my reviews

When Rod Serling created the classic "Twilight Zone" TV show, he presented it as a harmless fantasy/SF show when it was actually a series of morality plays.

In this film you have John Sayles' take on the same concept. He talks a standard SF cliche -- the stranded ET -- and uses it as the jumping-off place for a story about something altogether different. He doesn't appear at the end, like Serling, and tell you what the moral or message was.

Rather than talk about all that (art appreciation and interpretation is pretty much a subjective affair), I would like to say a word or two about the performance of Mr. Joe Morton as the eponymous character:

Zowie!

The Brother is totally mute. And yet Morton's performance knocks the poop out of any piece of acting you could name. Human and humane, empathetic and sympathetic. This guy will have you laughing and crying right along with him.

An incredible performance. Well worth the price of the rental, and the popcorn, and the gas that you burned up picking it up and...


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