A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

Director:

James Goldstone

Writer:

Ernest Kinoy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... John Kane
Will Geer ... Doc Thomas
Bradford Dillman ... Lloyd Thomas
Beverly Todd ... Louisa MacGill
Ramon Bieri ... Orly Ball
Warren J. Kemmerling ... George
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Charley Gray
P. Jay Sidney P. Jay Sidney ... Rev. MacGill
Richard Ward ... Frank
Paul Winfield ... Henry Birkardt
Zara Cully ... Miss Nettie
Michael Bell ... Cleve
Howard Rice Howard Rice ... Jimmy
Darlene Rice Darlene Rice ... Marsha
Harry Davis Harry Davis ... Turnkey
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Storyline

John Kane (Sidney Poitier) always seems to know when there will be a death in his family, despite not being in touch with them, and returns to his hometown. He has come home again, to be at his sister's deathbed and funeral. There is a strike in the town, and the police think he is a labor agitator. His well-used passport and unusual book collection only fuel their suspicions. But the town's doctor has always noticed that John is different, and thinks he has a larger purpose in life.

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Where have you been, Brother John...and what are you doing here now? See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures was denied the use of the name Kane for this picture by a 3-man industry panel on April 24, 1970. RKO claimed the moniker would be detrimental to the movie Citizen Kane (1941) which was still in re-issue. Variety, May 20, 1970. See more »

Quotes

John Kane: What do you want from me Doctor Thomas? I can't tell you anything.
Doc Thomas: I know. You might just be a paranoid schizophrenic, and I might be a senile psychotic sharing your delusion.
John Kane: That's possible.
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Connections

Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Children of the Summer
Music by Quincy Jones and lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Performed by Clydie King
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Sidney Poitier as a being of mystery
23 November 2003 | by George041See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier gives an exemplary performance in a film in which the viewer is kept in suspense as to why and who. Right to the very end, the viewer never knows for sure what the visitor to a small town really is. The supporting cast is excellent and Will Geer and Sidney Poitier are outstanding.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Kane See more »

Filming Locations:

Marysville, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, E&R See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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