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The Brother from Another Planet (1984) Poster

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Joe Morton's performance as and characterization of 'The Brother' is entirely mute.
The "Men In Black" are named Uno (played by John Sayles) and Dos (played by David Strathairn). Although they are not named in the film or end credits, the names were revealed in a photo caption on page 39 of Starlog magazine (#86, September 1984) as part of an interview with director Sayles.
The entrance and exit scenes of the Men in Black's first appearance in the bar were filmed entirely in reverse with the camera upside down, according to director Sayles' commentary on the restored print. The two men started on the bar stools, then backed out of the room for the entrance; while the exit was filmed with the two outside the bar and backing into it, including Strathairn replacing the cookies in the cookie bowl.
The alien visitor character played by Joe Morton has no personal name and is billed in the credits only as "The Brother".
John Sayles financed most of this movie himself. According to Wikipedia, "Sayles describes this movie as being about the immigrant experience of assimilation. He spent part of his MacArthur Fellows 'genius' grant on the film, which cost $350,000 to produce".
The production shoot for this film ran for about four weeks.
The film grossed over ten times its production cost in its first weekend of full release.
Some movie posters featured a long blurb that read: "Welcome to a world of exotic beauty... of danger and suspense... of wonders beyond the imagination... Welcome to Harlem. Brother".
John Sayles has said that a number of the people in the film crew, including some of the black crew, prior to the production of this movie, had never ever even been to Harlem.
The picture was the first film of many of the people working on the production crew.
The movie features drugs culture as part of its storyline but the film was actually made before the onset of the crack drug.
One of a number of collaborations of John Sayles and David Strathairn.
John Sayles stated that in choosing the steel drum for the music on this movie, with its unusual and technological, yet still organic, quality, he was partly influenced by the zither music from Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949).
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John Sayles performed a number of roles on this film. Sayles was sole writer, an actor, editor and the director.
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The fourth feature film directed by John Sayles.
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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".
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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".
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The movie was filmed around March 1984.
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The first 35mm film lensed by cinematographer Ernest R. Dickerson.
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