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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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Victor Bard
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Bob Garvey
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Mary Ann
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Wino
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cara do Pai  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,451,286 (USA) (27 September 1981)

Gross:

$9,566,593 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This picture was the first feature film produced by RKO Pictures after a very long time. However, RKO was only a co-distributor with the Hemdale Film Corpration and Avco-Embassy Pictures. See more »

Goofs

In a close shot of Walter and Rodger where in the Rolls Royce driving the rear view mirror is missing and then when they pulled out to a long shot the rear view mirror was back in place. 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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Connections

Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982) 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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Funny and poignant
8 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first time I had seen Denzel Washington and our family really enjoyed the movie. We are a Black family, so the White dad buying into the stereotypes about Black people struck us as quite amusing and he deserved his comeuppance for his sorry thinking. The movie was funny and also touching. True, there was a lack of depth in some of the acting, but not all movies that are made contain a great amount of depth. For the most part, if you want to watch a movie that won't assault your eyes or ears, yet entertain you with some true and humorous depiction of slices of life, this is a good one to check out. I've been a Denzel fan ever since I saw "Carbon Copy" and it is a part of my "favorites" collection.


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