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The Brother from Another Planet

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John Sayles

  • 15

  • 108 mins

  • 1984

  • USA

  • English, Spanish

  • 35mm

Cast Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Rosanna Carter

  • Director of Photography: Ernest R. Dickerson

  • Editor: John Sayles

  • Produced by: Peggy Rajski, Maggie Renzi

  • Music: Martin Brody, Mason Daring

  • Screenplay by: John Sayles

  • Production Designer: Nora Chavooshian

Director Bio

John Sayles

Director Bio

John Sayles (b. 1950) is an American film director. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His film Men with Guns (1997) was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Body

Revolving around a mute alien in the form of a black man who crash-lands in New York City, this allegorical science fiction from John Sayles is a rarely seen gem. Touching on social issues such as immigration, racism and drug abuse, and featuring an absolutely outstanding central performance from Joe Morton, The Brother from Another Planet shares much in common with Nicholas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), both films cleverly using the context of extraterrestrial life to reflect questions of isolation and identity in terrestrial society.

35mm preservation print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.



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