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True Identity (1991)

R | | Comedy | 23 August 1991 (USA)
In order to escape from the mob, an African-American man must disguise himself as a white man.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Pope
Leland Carver
Harvey Cooper
Darnell Williams ...
Chris Latta ...
Frank LaMotta
Taxi Driver
Ruth Brown ...
Fantasia Owens ...


True Identity is a comedy about a black actor named Miles Pope who wants to play a part in Othello. After a plane ride home from a failed acting job Miles meets a producer named Leland Carver who slips out his mob identity when the plane is about to crash but after all of that the plane does not crash. Now Miles is the only man who knows the past to this mob man. Miles gets the help of his best friend make-up artist Duane to turn him into a White man. As Miles is packing his stuff to get out of town, the hitman walks in and a struggle is in affect. Miles wins the fight and kills the hitman in an electrical fashion. Now Anthony (Leland Carver's top man) comes in to confirm that Miles is dead. Now Miles is mistaken as the hitman. Now Miles must assume a parade of identity's to get away from the Mob's guns hot on his trail. Written by D.B. Dickerson <dbdiii@juno.com>

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Ever since the mob's been after him... Miles Pope hasn't been himself!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambio d'identità  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$4,693,236 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was designed as a vehicle for Lenny Henry as part of a 3-picture deal the actor signed with the Walt Disney Company, which thought that he had the potential to be a big star in the United States. When this film flopped at the box office, Henry's deal with Disney was canceled, and the other films were never made. See more »


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Highly amusing.
23 February 2003 | by (az) – See all my reviews

Lenny Henry (`Chef!') is a struggling outer borough actor in NYC who accidentally gets aquianted with a mob boss (Frank Langella) who is supposed to be dead. Convinced that his life is in peril, he has his make-up artist friend transform him from a black man to a white/Italian man and hilarious results ensue.

I picked this up at a used record store on video used for $1.99. Don't know what happened to the tape, but if you see it listed for even ten bucks it's definitely a keeper.

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