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Carbon Copy (1981)

When a rich white corporate executive finds out that he has an illegitimate black son, things start falling apart for him at home, at work and in his social circles.

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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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Comedy | Drama

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cara do Pai  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,451,286, 27 September 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,566,593
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Denzel Washington received an 'introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

When Walter pulls in to park and hits the parking meter, he reverses and parks. The car is visibly outside of the parking lane lines. After the cut, he gets out of the car and the car is within the parking lane lines. See more »

Quotes

Walter Whitney: Why is it that ones who always bring up the past are those who never lived in it?
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Referenced in Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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