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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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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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8 November 1984 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Apo allon planiti  »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,700,000 (USA)
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John Sayles performed a number of roles on this film. Sayles was sole writer, an actor, editor and the director. See more »

Goofs

After Little Earl takes off his band-aid, and The Brother heals his knee, the band-aid reappears where his cut was. See more »

Quotes

Card Trickster: I have another magic trick for you. Wanna see me make all the white people disappear?
Subway Public Address Announcer: Fifty-Ninth Street, Columbus Circle; 125th Street next. This an Uptown A Express going to 207. Change for the AA local across the platform, the D, or the upper level, change for the number 1 Broadway trains.
Card Trickster: See, what'd I tell ya?
Subway Public Address Announcer: Uptown A, 125th street, next.
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Spoofs Dragnet (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Pussy I Cocky I Water
Sung by Lee 'Scratch' Perry (as Lee "Scratch" Perry)
By Lee 'Scratch' Perry (as Lee "Scratch" Perry)
Happy Valley Music/BMI
Courtesy of Heartbeat Records
From the album "Mystic Miracle Star" (1982)
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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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