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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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Storyline

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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He's not just another out-of-towner. 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:

El hermano de otro planeta  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to "The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review", John Sayles had signed on to write the script for Steven Spielberg's abandoned alien visitors film "Night Skies" just before this. See more »

Goofs

After Little Earl takes off his band-aid, and The Brother heals his knee, the band-aid reappears where his cut was. See more »

Quotes

Sam: [talking about The Brother] What am I supposed to do?
Fly: You the city, Sam. Figure out where to put him.
Sam: Men's shelter.
Smokey: Too smelly.
Sam: Okay. The Hilton. You got the tab?
Smokey: What they pay you for?
Sam: I just make phone calls. You want him out, you could call the cops.
Fly: Cops? Oh, man.
Smokey: He knew the death seat when he sat down on it.
Sam: It's not like I got to drum up more business for the city, you know?
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Connections

References Risky Business (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Promised Land
Sung by Mattie Moultrie Wilson, Madeline Wilson and the Laborers in the Vineyard All Community Choir
By Mason Daring and John Sayles
Sweet Melodies Publishing/ASCAP
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The second best Science Fiction movie ever.
13 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

The only Science fiction movie that is better than this is ``The Day the Earth Stood Still''. This is just a great movie. This is a thinking mans movie. If you want Star Wars this is not for you. As with all the best Science Fiction this is a movie about human kind in the present and not alien life-forms in some distant future.


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