The Brother from Another Planet

Film, Comedy
The Brother from Another Planet

Time Out says

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

108 mins

Cast and crew

John Sayles
John Sayles
Darryl Edwards
Joe Morton
Tom Wright
Herbert Newsome
John Sayles
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Caroline Aaron
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