Tue, Mar 17
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

SlabCinema will be Tuesday night screenings at La Tuna this spring while we wait for Movies by Moonlight to start (June-August). Showtime is 8 p.m. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

March 17
Brother from Another Planet (1984)
A black visitor from another planet impresses most of the people he meets because he doesn’t say a word and lets them do all the talking! Directed by John Sayles

The Brother from Another Planet

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The Brother from Another Planet

Theatrical poster
Directed by John Sayles
Produced by Peggy Rajski
Maggie Renzi
Written by John Sayles
Starring Joe Morton
Darryl Edwards
Steve James
Bill Cobbs
David Strathairn
Music by Mason Daring
John Sayles
Denzil Botus
Cinematography Ernest R. Dickerson
Editing by John Sayles
Distributed by Cinecom Pictures
Release date(s) September 7, 1984
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
IMDb Allmovie

The Brother from Another Planet (1984) is a film written, directed and edited by John Sayles.[1]



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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.

Picked up as homeless, he is deposited in Harlem. The sweet-natured and honest Brother looks like any other black man, except that he is mute and – although other characters in the film never see them – his feet each have three large toes. The Brother has telekinetic powers but, unable to speak, he struggles to express himself and adjust to his new surroundings, including a stint in the Job Corps at a video arcade in Manhattan.

He is chased by two white Men in Black (David Strathairn and director Sayles himself); Sayles’s twist on the Men in Black concept is that instead of government agents trying to cover up alien activity, Sayles’s Men in Black are also aliens, out to re-capture “The Brother” and other escaped slaves and bring them back to their home planet. Unlike the many human characters in this film, the aliens themselves are oblivious of skin color, and screenwriter Sayles has one of the Men in Black utter an epithet “Three Toe” when describing their quarry, in attempt to prove that skin color is just as arbitrary as number of toes or any other human characteristic that would make one different from another.

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