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The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)

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This is the story of an extremely obese, rather immature, yet very bright and talented young man, and of his world and the people in it... mostly homeless young adults... who refer to their... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Brown
Martin Villafana ...
Junior Brown
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Buddy Clark (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
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Mr. Pool
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Butter
Richard Chevolleau ...
Duckie
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Miss Peebs
Nicole Hardy ...
Lesley
Warren Benns ...
Spanish
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Sandra Tanaka
Christopher Kennedy ...
Derrick
Denis Akiyama ...
Mr. Tanaka
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Mr. Roundtree
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Taxi driver
John Vasilantonakis ...
Peel's Neighbor
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This is the story of an extremely obese, rather immature, yet very bright and talented young man, and of his world and the people in it... mostly homeless young adults... who refer to their lives and where they live as their individual "planets," and everyone else as "refugees." But there are problems in his world, where a talent for the piano has been reduced to playing Chopin on a piano that has had the strings cut by his mother out of frustration at his incessant practicing... the same mother who now requires him to be there to administer her insulin shots. Still, because he is a 'good boy', he plays on the soundless piano, and takes weekly lessons from a piano teacher so eccentric that she will only allow him to strum out the notes on her dining room table... until, like real planets when other bodies get too close, he finds himself pulled and moved in a different direction. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Another misunderstood, underrated film
11 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon Junior Brown while sifting through the channels looking for an interesting movie. I liked the name. It's hard to find movies such as this one on American TV. Description reads something like "Watch a shy, fat, black, piano prodigy kid as he journeys into an imaginary world." It could be either very good, or turn out to be an over-ambitious drama, so I decided to peek at it for 5 minutes to see if it's worth it. I did not expect it, but the I caught on to the film's lonely mood as soon as I turned it on. The film turned out to be much more than what was in the description, and I can say that it must have been written by someone who watched a couple minutes of it and fast forwarded the rest until the end. The film has an easy pace, interesting moments, a humble and beautiful music score, and very colorful characters. Mysteriously emotional and well-spoken, builds on each character, and the drama never becomes overdone. The few subplots are amazing. It easily became one of my all-time favorite movies.


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