Claudine (1974)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  6 August 1976 (Portugal)
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In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacques)
Tamu Blackwell ...
Charlene (as Tamu)
David Kruger ...
Yvette Curtis ...
Eric Jones ...
Socorro Stephens ...
Adam Wade ...
C. Harrison Avery ...
Minister (as Harrison Avery)
Mordecai Lawner ...
Process Server
Elisa Loti ...
Miss Kabak
Mrs. Winston
Jay Van Leer ...
Bar Woman
Judy Mills ...
Bus Woman #1


Claudine tries to provide for her six children in Harlem while on welfare. She has a romance with Roop, a cheerful garbageman she meets while working on the side as a maid. Written by Will Gilbert

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A heart and soul comedy. Can you dig it?


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

6 August 1976 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Claudine Corpo e Alma  »

Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The director felt that Diahann Carroll was too sophisticated to play the role of a welfare mother. However, Carroll was from the Bronx, knew women like Claudine and knew she could play that part as well as anyone else. See more »


When Claudine and her girlfriends are riding the bus at the beginning of the movie, the bus passes the New Marble Hill movie theatre twice. See more »


Charles: [Charles comes down the stoop stairs and sees Claudine sitting there] I knew it all the time. I knew that nigga was gonna walk out on you. I knew that! It's your own damn fault. That's right- don't blame nobody but yourself! You had the six kids!
Claudine: That's right! Six kids- that's right! That's all I got in this world- my children.
Charles: I hate them.
Claudine: Get away from me, Charles!
Charles: I knew I had nothing but I have to share what I ain't got.
Claudine: My son, the black revolutionary. You ain't nothing but a snot-nosed ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) See more »


Make Yours a Happy Home
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips (as Gladys Knight and The Pips)
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A warm and loving movie
27 October 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

This movie was released right smack in the middle of the classic Blaxploitation era but is a definite departure from that genre.

It is a warm movie about a family sticking together through everything.

I saw this movie when it was first released and enjoyed it then, it was very nice to find it on TV so I could tape it and enjoy it over and over again.

The movie reminds me of the TV sitcom "Good Times", and fans of that TV show should enjoy this movie, it's just not as silly as the TV show could often be.

Recommended, and I would not steer you wong!

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