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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: 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 »

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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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Brother DuzeByte
2 January 2005 | by spookysrSee all my reviews

I too agree with DuzeByte and have setup a discussion group right here at IMDb. Look for it.

Sydney portrays a fascinating creature of Kinoy's mind. The dialog he wrote for Sydney and Will in the jail-house scene was engaging as well as enigmatically intriguing. American stereotypes in 1971 would have us believe that a black man can not play an angel nor an alien. Denzel's portrayal of an angel in The Preacher's Wife was equally as engaging as this movie was simply by the stereotype-bashing of the screenwriters.

Brother John was a little too "dark" in his approach to be a obedient modern-day Ben Elohim (angel) on a mission. Too materially substantial ('human form') to be a disobedient version too. IMHO a visiting advance scout 'alien' actually only exists in the human mind of a Hollywood sci-fi screenwriter. Therefore Brother John fits that bill quite well. However, I can't understand how an alien would know when his folks were dying nor why he would have any dealings with them after realizing his Earth mission. I also don't know why his passport would be so revealing since BJ was so stealthy and so well trained in the espionage trade-craft of a 007 type shadow-warrior of the 70's - karaté chops and all.

I found this movie to be so well thought out despite the predictable love scenes. I would think that Kinoy was trying to deliver a profound message to Americans as he is to the entire world in his new 2005 film about the Papalcy (Pope and Catholic church) called "Magnificat".

Spooky


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