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He left home as a child. He traveled the world and visited places few men have seen. There is no way to contact him. Yet, whenever a death occurs in the family, he knows to return home. He just knows. Academy Award(r) Winner Sidney Poiter (1964, Best Actor in a Leading Role, LILLIES OF THE FIELD) is Brother John in this compelling film about the mysteries and prejudices of a small Alabama town on the brink of upheaval.
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 Poitier)--a prodigal son, savior, and quiet peacemaker who can still kick ass when he needs to. Screenwriter Ernest Kinoy's clever strategy is to embrace near-total ambiguity, injecting just a hint of divinity into Kane's personal belongings. Director James Goldstone (a veteran, along with cinematographer Gerry Finnerman, of TV's original Star Trek) maintains a crucial balance of faith and uncertainty that inspires one of Poitier's most underrated performances; at times he really seems to be carrying the burdens of humankind in his weary, compassionate heart. Is he God, bidding farewell on the verge of doomsday? Only the doctor who birthed him (Will Geer, at his best) surmises the truth. A fine score by Quincy Jones with then-trendy harmonica soloist Toots Thielemans makes this a '70s gem to savor. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
I bought this movie for my father since he said it is one of his FAVORITE movies that he watches at least twice a year. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miss Bridget
The DVD came quickly. It was a gift, and the recipient was pleased.Published 3 months ago by Michele S.
I thought this movie was going to be a religious movie according to the plot on the back dvd cover. The main character carried a Bible in a different language and also the Jewish... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pardon and Freed
I loved the movie; thought I had seen all or most of Sidney Poitier movies but had never seen this one. Very movingPublished 5 months ago by Judy A. Davis
Excellent movie to have. It's real slow, but very deep & spiritual! You will appreciate itPublished 6 months ago by Ansar X
Awesome movie, keep you guessing to the end. Then you will watch it again and again..Published 8 months ago by shshonared