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
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 »
At the end of the credits, it is written that the story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in the film are "ficitious." See more »
[talking about The Brother]
What am I supposed to do?
You the city, Sam. Figure out where to put him.
Okay. The Hilton. You got the tab?
What they pay you for?
I just make phone calls. You want him out, you could call the cops.
Cops? Oh, man.
He knew the death seat when he sat down on it.
It's not like I got to drum up more business for the city, you know?
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This is one of the best and most underrated movies I have ever seen. This is a brilliant black comedy with great social commentary on racism and classism. I loved it the first time I saw it, and it held up when I bought it on DVD. This is definitely worth the time it takes to watch it, and you will find yourself quoting the movie later. The "Beer . . . on the Rocks" quote is my personal favorite, but the card trick is a close second. Have fun with this little known, early John Sayles Masterpiece.
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