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Filmmaker John Sayles' first bonafide box-office success, Brother from Another Planet centers on a black escaped slave from a faraway planet (Joe Morton) who finds himself on the mean streets Harlem. Though the locals are put off by the slave's inability to speak, they are won over by his technical wizardry. He is adopted as a "brother" by his new friends, who protect him from pursuing white aliens played by director Sayles and David Strathairn. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 7, 1984

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Sundance Film Festival John Sayles In Competition 1985 Nominee

Cast

Joe Morton
as The Brother
Darryl Edwards
as Fly
Steve James
as Odell
Leonard Jackson
as Smokey
Bill Cobbs
as Walter
Maggie Renzi
as Noreen
Tom Wright
as Sam
Ren Woods
as Bernice
Reggie Rock Bythewood
as Rickey
John Sayles
as Man In Black
David Strathairn
as Bounty Hunter
Fisher Stevens
as Card Trickster
Josh Mostel
as Casio Vendor
Michael Mantell
as Mr. Love
Jaime Tirelli
as Hector
Edward Baran
as Mr. Vance
Caroline Aaron
as Randy Sue Carter
Herbert Newsome
as Little Earl
Leon Grant
as Basketball Player
Ray Ramirez
as Hispanic Man
Rosanna Carter
as West Indian Woman
John Griesemer
as White Cop
Copper Cunningham
as Black Hooker
Herb Downer
as Floor Buffer
Olga Merediz
as Noreen's Client
Ellis Williams
as Watcher
Liane Alexandra Curtis
as Ace
Ginny Yang
as Korean Shopkeeper
Ishmael Houston-Jones
as Dancer
Marisa Smith
as White Hooker
Kim Staunton
as Teacher
Minnie Gentry
as Mrs. Brown
Alvin Alexis
as Willis
Randy Frazier
as Bouncer

Crew

John Sayles
Director
Maggie Renzi
Producer
Peggy Rajski
Producer
John Sayles
Screenwriter
Ernest R. Dickerson
Cinematographer
Mason K. Daring
Composer (Music Score)
Mason K. Daring
Songwriter
John Sayles
Songwriter
John Sayles
Editor
Stephen Lineweaver
Art Director
Cynthia Flynt
Costume Designer
Karen Perry
Costume Designer
Peggy Rajski
Production Manager
Tim D'Arcy
Makeup
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