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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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Hispanic Man
Yves Rene ...
Haitian Man
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Islamic Man
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Leonard Jackson ...
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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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Welcome to a world of crude beauty... of danger and excitement... of wonders, legend, and imagination... Welcome to Harlem, Brother. See more »

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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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Apo allon planiti  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,700,000 (USA)
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The movie features drugs culture as part of its storyline but the film was actually made before the onset of the crack drug. See more »

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After sitting on the steps listening to the cop, The Brother walks away leaving the cop sitting there. The cop has his cap on when they're both on the steps, but in the next shot of The Brother walking away, his cap is off and he soon puts it on. See more »

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Mama: [checking pots on stove] Boy didn't marry her for her cooking...
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Strange and unique quiet drama...
6 June 2007 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 6/6/2007 - 7 out of 10(Dir-John Sayles): Strange and unique quiet drama about a man who lands on earth as an escapee from another planet where he was apparently a slave. Joe Morton, as this brother from the other planet has no dialogue but effectively portrays a true illegal alien. He really is a frail being who just wants to do good and be needed. He is being hunted by what appears to be his owners but he affects everyone he comes across in such a positive way that they get behind him 100% and keep these thugs from getting him. He eventually earns his money by fixing things with his otherworldly powers(once he realizes that stealing isn't right) and even gets to the point of hunting down a drug dealer in Harlem who has caused the demise of a young one in the neighborhood. This character is probably the most likable alien that has ever been put on the screen(next to maybe E.T.) and it's definitely a departure from most films. The low production value is certainly evident but the character and the storyline keeps you interested and rooting for this unlikely hero from another planet. These were the type of quiet independent movies that were made in the 80's when it was truly "seen" that the budget was low, but the makers only cared about creating a worthwhile project and John Sayles definitely did that with this one. This 80's relic is not to be missed by a true cinemaphile or anyone who wants to see the benefits of good deeds even if it's coming from someone with feet a little different than ours.


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