Years before actor Joe Morton became inextricably linked to Terminator 2‘s Miles Bennett Dyson, he gained acclaim for his role in John Sayles’ Brother From Another Planet (1984). That film, along with Sayles’ directorial debut, The Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), screens tomorrow night at the Hammer as part of UCLA Film and Television Archive’s 14th Annual Festival of Preservation.
In Brother from Another Planet, Morton plays a mute intergalactic runaway slave, known only as “The Brother,” who crash-lands at Ellis Island and makes his way over to Harlem. Though he’s able to earn a living fixing machinery by simply touching it, his American dream is interrupted when bounty hunters from his home planet arrive on the scene.
Still not sold? Forget the cheesy trailer and the silly tagline (“Welcome to a world of crude beauty. Of danger and excitement. Of wonders, legend and imagination. Welcome to Harlem, Brother.”) and just trust that Mr. Sayles knows a thing or two about making damn good movies.
Images: Still photos from Brother From Another Planet (top) and Return of the Secaucus 7 (bottom). Courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive.