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The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Brother
Rosanna Carter ... West Indian Woman
Ray Ramirez ... Hispanic Man
Yves Rene ... Haitian Man
Peter Richardson ... Islamic Man
Ginny Yang ... Korean Shopkeeper
... Fly
... Odell
... Smokey
... Walter
Maggie Renzi ... Noreen
... Noreen's Client
... Sam
Minnie Gentry ... Mrs. Brown
... Bernice (as Ren Woods)
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The Brother is an alien who has crash-landed on Earth, in New York City. While mute, strongly empathic, and able to fix things, he resembles a Black man with strange feet. His attempt to make a place for himself in Harlem is an allegory for the immigrant experience in the United States. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters from the Brother's home planet arrive and try to capture him. Written by Reid Gagle

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This illegal alien chose the New York streets over the men in black. See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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8 November 1984 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Apo allon planiti  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,867, 28 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,700,000
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Trivia

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 John 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 David Strathairn replacing the cookies in the cookie bowl. See more »

Goofs

When the Brother is sitting in the bar for the first time, in shots of the boy playing the video game, a crew member's head can be seen intermittently between the back of the video game and the wall. See more »

Quotes

Virgil: Nighttime is promise, brother. You make deals in the night. Pay all you've got for what you can't see and when sun come up. Illuminate: we been cheated again.
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Referenced in The Big One (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Homeboy
Sung by Joe Morton
By Mason Daring and John Sayles
Sweet Melodies Publishing/ASCAP
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The Brother From Another Planet
18 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Brother From Another Planet, is about an African American alien who crash lands on Earth in Harlem, in New York City. The brother does not speak English (or any language at all) but he can understand others and soon makes friends at a local bar and gets a job fixing things. He also gets a place to stay, lodging with a single mother. Many things on Earth seem unusual to the brother and he encounters many unusual people and situations. Soon we also find out about two men in black who are after the brother and want to get rid of him. He also shows his many alien talents during the film. Winner of The Caixa de Catalunya Award for Best Actor (Joe Morton, who plays the brother) and Best Screenplay (John Sayles, who also directed and edited the film) at The Catalonian International Film Festival. The Brother From Another Planet, has good direction, a good script, a good performance by Joe Morton, as well as a good supporting cast, good original music, good cinematography and good film editing. The Brother From Another Planet, takes a little while to get into but gives us an entertaining story, a likable main character and likable side characters, interesting situations and the script is filled with good dialogue, good character development, is full of smart satire and unusual characters and lots of unique situations and plot twists. The film is quite enjoyable and entertaining and is deliciously different. I enjoyed this film quite a bit and it is a nice clever sci-fi/comedy.


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