The Brother from Another Planet

  • Film
  • Comedy
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A mute, black extra-terrestrial fetches up in Harlem to be greeted first with bewildered hostility, then with a certain casual friendliness. The slim, episodic, but thoroughly enjoyable story shoots off like a firework in numerous directions: droll comedy among a group of cheery, bleary barflies; unforced intimations of a streetwise messiah as Bro's peculiar powers put paid to a drugs ring; delicate insights into Harlem's social mores, wrapped up in unpretentious fashion without a trace of stereotyping. Central to the film's deft balancing act between shaggy dog humour and something just a little more serious is Morton's expressive performance as the alien, though the rest of the cast also plays admirably.

Release details

Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Sayles
Screenwriter: John Sayles
Cast: Darryl Edwards
Joe Morton
Tom Wright
Herbert Newsome
John Sayles
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Caroline Aaron
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