The Brother from Another Planet

Overview

Filmmaker John Sayles' first bonafide box-office success, Brother from Another Planet centers on a black escaped slave from a faraway planet Joe Morton who finds himself on the mean streets Harlem. Though the locals are put off by the slave's inability to speak, they are won over by his technical wizardry. He is adopted as a "brother" by his new friends, who protect him from pursuing white aliens played by director Sayles and David Strathairn.
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Overview

Filmmaker John Sayles' first bonafide box-office success, Brother from Another Planet centers on a black escaped slave from a faraway planet Joe Morton who finds himself on the mean streets Harlem. Though the locals are put off by the slave's inability to speak, they are won over by his technical wizardry. He is adopted as a "brother" by his new friends, who protect him from pursuing white aliens played by director Sayles and David Strathairn.
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In John Sayles' return to independent filmmaking after his unhappy experience with Baby It's You, The Brother From Another Planet takes a wonderful premise and then works it for all it's worth almost to the end. After decades of extraterrestrials who unfailingly resembled earthlings of European descent, Sayles offers a visitor of a different hue, which is a clever comment in itself. The writer/director then proceeds to examine the assumptions created by those his protagonist encounters, both black and white, based solely on the color of his skin. Without overstating matters until an overwrought finale, Sayles expertly balances comedy with social commentary, hanging it all on a superb, wordless performance by Joe Morton. The size of his themes has caused many to overlook the subtlety of Sayles' work, a quality on conspicuous display here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2012
  • UPC: 661799538428
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Source: Desert Island Films
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,841

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Morton The Brother
Darryl Edwards Fly
Steve James Odell
Leonard Jackson Smokey
Bill Cobbs Walter
Maggie Renzi Noreen
Tom Wright Sam
Ren Woods Bernice
Reggie Rock Bythewood Rickey
John Sayles Man In Black
David Strathairn Bounty Hunter
Rosetta Le Noire Mama
Fisher Stevens Card Trickster
Josh Mostel Casio Vendor
Michael Mantell Mr. Love
Jaime Tirelli Hector
Edward Baran Mr. Vance
Caroline Aaron Randy Sue Carter
Herbert Newsome Little Earl
Dee Dee Bridgewater Malverne Davis
Sidney D. Sheriff Virgil
Copper Cunningham Black Hooker
Herb Downer Floor Buffer
Alvin Alexis Willis
Rosanna Carter West Indian Woman
Randy Frazier Bouncer
Minnie Gentry Mrs. Brown
Carl Gordon Mr. Price
Leon Grant Basketball Player
John Griesemer White Cop
Ishmael Houston-Jones Dancer
Olga Merediz Noreen's Client
Ray Ramirez Hispanic Man
Pete Richardson Islamic Man
Marisa Smith White Hooker
Kim Staunton Teacher
Deborah Taylor Vance's Receptionist
Anthony Thomas Basketball Player
Ellis Williams Watcher
Ginny Yang Korean Shopkeeper
Liane Alexandra Curtis Ace
Technical Credits
John Sayles Director, Songwriter, Editor, Screenwriter
Nora Chavoosian Production Designer
Tim D'Arcy Makeup
Mason K. Daring Score Composer, Songwriter
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Cynthia Flynt Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Lineweaver Art Director
Karen Perry Costumes/Costume Designer
Peggy Rajski Producer, Production Manager
Maggie Renzi Producer
Eric Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
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