Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1984. A-Train Films. Screenplay by John Sayles. Cinematography by Ernest R. Dickerson. Produced by Peggy Rajski, Maggie Renzi. Music by Martin Brody, Mason Daring. Production Design by Nora Chavooshian. Costume Design by Karen Perry. Film Editing by John Sayles.
This enjoyable, low-budget science-fiction film tackles racism in a clever way. After an alien (Joe Morton) crashes his spaceship onto planet Earth, he finds himself wandering modern day New York City in search of refuge from the evil enslavement of his home planet. What he finds in the Big Apple, considering he looks exactly like a human African-American, is pretty much more of the same. The use of crafty methods to take care of some special effects that the budget won’t allow for is only one of the things you’ll enjoy about this one. The opportunity to see John Sayles’s talent at developing characters and bringing out the best in his actors, especially at so early a point in his directing career, is among the many others.