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Brother John
Brother John
Actors: Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman, Beverly Todd, Ramon Bieri
Director: James Goldstone
Genres: Drama
PG-13     2003     1hr 35min

Brother John is a fascinating example of the social-issue cinema that flourished in the early 1970s. This subtly engrossing drama posits the second coming of Christ as an Alabama-born black man named John Kane (Sidney Poit...  more »


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Actors: Sidney Poitier, Will Geer, Bradford Dillman, Beverly Todd, Ramon Bieri
Director: James Goldstone
Creators: Gerald Perry Finnerman, Edward A. Biery, Joel Glickman, Ernest Kinoy
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/07/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1970
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1970
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Robert B. (rbrown) from STARKVILLE, MS
Reviewed on 3/6/2016...
They donít make movies like this anymore--movies that challenge the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions about what the events of the plot mean. Somebody at Columbia had a penchant for green-lighting challenging films in the late Ď60s, if this film and THE SWIMMER are any indication. John Kane (Sydney Poitier) shows up at his sisterís deathbed without anyone having contacted him about her, making it to her mere moments before she dies. He had done the same thing for his mother and his father, and the elderly hometown doctor who had helped with Johnís birth thinks that he may know why. Film is oddly shot, with a preponderance of close-ups of peopleís eyes, but itís well-acted and the score, by Quincy Jones, is quite nice. Intriguing and worth seeing.

Movie Reviews

(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is filled with a since of righteousness and the importance of human respect. Although it is set in the termoil of the late 60's early 70's the story line is timeless. The film brings into focus, through the life of John (Sydney Poitier), a since of destiny for the human race. Truly an excellent work."
My Inspiration
Michael | San Diego, CA | 12/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is simply the greatest film work ever done and greatly overlooked. It is the inspiration for one of my books and is a timeless masterpiece.It's unbelievable how much this story is overlooked."
"Something to really think about."
Christian | Denton, TX | 04/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie really makes you stop and think, about how you live your life and how others live theirs. Every person's life has a purpose. Each of us has to find out what that purpose is. Many don't know it, but you can live out your purpose and still enjoy life at the same time, affecting other people in the positive. This movie almost seemed to be from the mind of a pessimist, but some may say a realist. I think it reflects the moral conscious of that day. I have seen a good number of Sidney Poitier movies, and it amazes me how he can always keep that poker face in every tough seen (one calling for little to no expression when giving someone critical information). He ranks right up there with all of the leading men of Hollywood of old, great actors of back in the day."