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Claudine (1974)

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?


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Release Date:

26 June 1975 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Claudine Corpo e Alma  »


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,540,000, 31 December 1974
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diana Sands was originally cast as the lead, but she died of cancer shortly before shooting began. 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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On and On
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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This is a must see movie by all regardless of race.
6 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Claudine is a movie that is representation of the american system at it's worst. The welfare system was initially set up as a stepping stone for those families who needed that extra hand to get back on their feet.The movie showed an accurate portrayal of how the welfare system breaks down the family unit. In other words if the father or any male figure is in the lives of the women and children their financial support from the system would be jeopardized if not terminated. The struggles of the poor can be seen throughout the world. I would like to see a reproduction of this movie back in the stores for all to rent or buy for their library collection.

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