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Brother John (1971)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 15 August 1971 (Sweden)
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A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

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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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Brother John just blew into town...and the town is about to blow apart!

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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: I have seen... people. Swarming all over the world... like maggots on a rotten apple, getting ready to leap off the earth. First to the moon, and then to the stars.
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Children of the Summer
Music by Quincy Jones and lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Performed by Clydie King
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Poitier plays a man who was always "different" and enigmatic, who returns to his home town
13 September 1998 | by DuzebyteSee all my reviews

I found the movie thought provoking when I first saw it. So much so, I purchased and read the book. Will Geer gives a performance that should have gotten him at least an oscar nomimation. The conversations between Poitier's character and Geer's are simple yet profound in what they imply. Not an action movie, more of a prophetic drama. Not a lot of people I have talked to have seen it but of those who have seen it, they have liked it. Its a great discussion group movie.


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