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The Brother from Another Planet
Directed by John Sayles • 1984 • United States
Starring Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Steve James
In John Sayles’s witty urban spin on the runaway-slave narrative, a mute extraterrestrial (Joe Morton, in a remarkably expressive performance) crash-lands in Harlem after a spaceship accident and finds himself on the run from two mysterious white hunters. Stylishly shot by Spike Lee collaborator Ernest Dickerson, THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET offers a thought-provoking spin on the use of the Black image in science fiction.