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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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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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This illegal alien chose the New York streets over the men in black. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,700,000 (USA)
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According to The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review, "John Sayles had signed on to write the script for Steven Spielberg's abandoned alien visitors film 'Night Skies' just before this". See more »

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In the scene where the Brother is brought in to fix video games, the woman there is playing Robotron, but the sound effects are from Galaga, not Robotron. See more »

Quotes

Bernice: What you want for dinner?
Odell: You mean, what do I *want*, or what do I want that you can *cook*?
Bernice: Well, in that case, where are you taking me?
Odell: Yeah, what do you want to have?
Bernice: You mean, what do I *want*, or what do I want that you can *afford*?
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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Homeboy
Sung by Joe Morton
By Mason Daring and John Sayles
Sweet Melodies Publishing/ASCAP
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Great Cult Film.
22 March 2004 | by (Claremont, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best and most underrated movies I have ever seen. This is a brilliant black comedy with great social commentary on racism and classism. I loved it the first time I saw it, and it held up when I bought it on DVD. This is definitely worth the time it takes to watch it, and you will find yourself quoting the movie later. The "Beer . . . on the Rocks" quote is my personal favorite, but the card trick is a close second. Have fun with this little known, early John Sayles Masterpiece.


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