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Carbon Copy (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  25 September 1981 (USA)
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A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the, almost-exclusively-white community of, San Marino, California.

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Victor Bard
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Wardlow
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Bianca
Carmen Filpi ...
Wino
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A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the, almost-exclusively-white community of, San Marino, California. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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" I lost my job, my house and my Rolls Royce; My family left me...What else can possibly go wrong?" "Hi, Dad!" See more »

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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A Cara do Pai  »

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Though considered a comedy, the last ten to fifteen minutes of the movie are actually considered drama. See more »

Goofs

When Walter and Roger check into a hotel the sign says "Free Ice and TV". Later in the room, Roger wants to watch TV and states that the TV requires payment of a quarter (25 cents) to watch it. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Hayworth: God is white. It's simple logic. His son is white.
Walter Whitney: That's not proof. I'm white. My son is black.
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Referenced in Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) See more »

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Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Written by Jimmy Cox
Performed by Bessie Smith
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One of the world's most underrated comedies!
8 November 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the 1980s on German TV (in English). Fortunately, I taped it, because I never saw it again -- until 2006 on the MGM cable channel (and now I recorded it on DVD!). In the meantime, I wrote a thesis that dealt, among other things, with integration and denial issues (compare it to Woody Allen's "Zelig", for example!), and I found more quotable poignant and funny lines in this movie than in any other. On top of it, it has all those minor jokes that you probably won't catch the first time around and that make a comedy great. This movie is extremely funny, well written and has great actors, who should really be proud of it. The only thing that surprises me is that with all those big names attached the movie is so frequently overlooked and almost forgotten. If you haven't seen it and get a chance to, by all means, watch it and spread the word. By the way: I won't claim I saw Denzel's potential back then, but when I look back at this movie now, in hindsight, you can detect an Oscar winner in the making. Why didn't I give ten points? Well, I have to admit that the movie tapers off a bit at the end. If it had started more slowly, it would be OK, but the first half is just one funny line after another, and it just doesn't keep up its pace. And maybe the end is too unrealistic -- but then again, what do you expect from comedy? For me, it still works because it has a lot to say, and it does so in a brilliant way.


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