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The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

R  |   |  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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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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This illegal alien chose the New York streets over the men in black. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Apo allon planiti  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,700,000 (USA)
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The name of the planet that The Brother (Joe Morton) came from is unnamed and is never known by a specific title but just as "Another Planet". See more »

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Typical Sayles
18 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What I love about Sayles is that he never forgets that first and foremost, movies should tell stories.

This one is a real gem in the rough. It has the irreverence and SciFi conventions of Barry Sonnenfeld's MIB but with social commentary instead of a budget. Also, instead of merely clever comments on NYC life, Sayles shows his characteristic political side by highlighting little tableaux of real life. Slipping in the Harriet Tubman subplot was pure Sayles.

I especially loved his usage of music and the chemistry of the barroom regulars. That fight with the MIB was a hoot! Sayles, a Corman vet, knows that special effects shouldn't be used for the sake of having them.


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