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206 Ratings

The Brother from Another Planet

Directed by John Sayles
United States, 1984
Comedy, Sci-Fi


Joe Morton stars in this dramatic comedy, set in New York City in the early 1980s, as “The Brother,” an alien and escaped slave who, while fleeing “Another Planet,” has crash-landed in Upper New York Harbor.

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The Brother from Another Planet Directed by John Sayles

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

1985 | Winner: Dramatic Non-Competition (Special Jury Recognition)

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival

1984 | 2 wins including: Best Actor (Caixa de Catalunya)

Critics reviews

Some might see all these niceties as whitewashing, this positive evocation of an early to mid-‘80s black community not defined by poverty and degradation as bleaching the stains of systemic injustice, but Sayles’s film, funded in part by a MacArthur grant he was awarded after the release of his third film Lianna, is doing a quietly revolutionary thing for a popular movie…
March 30, 2014
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