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The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Carter ...
West Indian Woman
Ray Ramirez ...
Hispanic Man
Yves Rene ...
Haitian Man
Peter Richardson ...
Islamic Man
Ginny Yang ...
Korean Shopkeeper
Leonard Jackson ...
Maggie Renzi ...
Noreen's Client
Minnie Gentry ...
Mrs. Brown
Bernice (as Ren Woods)


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 »


Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »





Release Date:

7 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apo allon planiti  »

Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)


$3,700,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The alien visitor character played by Joe Morton has no personal name and is billed in the credits only as "The Brother". See more »


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


Man In Black: Badges?
Man In Black: What badges?
Man In Black: We don't have no badges.
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References Mr. Mom (1983) See more »


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Great film
5 December 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I love this film! Lots of laughs, lots of humanity. It's awesome that such an unknown cast can deliver such a great performance. The guys in the bar are hysterical. Every scene is a gem, but the card trick on the subway is one of my all time favorites. Go rent this movie today. 10 out of 10.

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