View Full Version : The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

Fatal Guillotine
11-20-2010, 02:59 PM

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.

anybody remember this movie??

11-20-2010, 03:03 PM
I remember this movie but i never saw it. I might check it out later. Joe Morton is a good actor and underrated. I've seen him in a few movies like Speed with Keanu Reeves, The Terminator 2, The Inkwell with Larenz Tate and Jada Pinkett, American Gangster with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. He's also been on A Different World tv show as Jasmine Guy's boyfriend and he was a lawyer on a episode of Law And Order tv show.

netscape check two
11-20-2010, 03:55 PM
Chris Bosh's dad?

Fatal Guillotine
11-20-2010, 08:46 PM
Chris Bosh's dad?


Fatal Guillotine
06-02-2011, 06:51 PM
seen this again recently

Fatal Guillotine
12-26-2011, 10:44 AM
like this movie better than the men in black joints

12-28-2011, 12:19 AM
Yea seen this in the 80's. Dope movie ahead of its time. I need to watch it again.