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Claudine (1974)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1974 (Canada)
In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare.

Director:

John Berry

Writers:

Tina Pine (original screenplay by), Lester Pine (original screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diahann Carroll ... Claudine
James Earl Jones ... Roop
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Charles (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacques)
Tamu Blackwell Tamu Blackwell ... Charlene (as Tamu)
David Kruger David Kruger ... Paul
Yvette Curtis Yvette Curtis ... Patrice
Eric Jones Eric Jones ... Francis
Socorro Stephens Socorro Stephens ... Lurlene
Adam Wade ... Owen
C. Harrison Avery C. Harrison Avery ... Minister (as Harrison Avery)
Mordecai Lawner Mordecai Lawner ... Process Server
Elisa Loti Elisa Loti ... Miss Kabak
Roxie Roker ... Mrs. Winston
Jay Van Leer Jay Van Leer ... Bar Woman
Judy Mills Judy Mills ... Bus Woman #1
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Prior to her death, Diana Sands insisted that her very good friend Diahann Carroll be cast in her place. See more »

Goofs

When Roop starts to play the music in his apartment while Claudine is taking a bath, if you watch carefully, the music begins before the tonearm falls far enough to actually contact the record with the stylus. See more »

Quotes

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 coward. ...
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Connections

Referenced in Good Times: The Gang: Part 1 (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

To Be Invisible
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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Exceptional and sadly forgotten
1 April 2010 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Calaudine (Diahann Carroll) is 36, unmarried and has six children and is trying to raise them all on welfare. Garbage truck guy Roop (James Earl Jones) starts romancing her. Her kids don't trust him and she doesn't trust herself. This movie chronicles how she deals with her relationship with Roop and how to deal with her six kids--two who are teenagers and starting to fight back.

I've never even HEARD of this movie until FXM showed it one night. It seems to have disappeared and that's too bad. It's easily got to be one of the most honest and accurate portrayals about growing up poor and black in the city. I'm not black but I've read books on the subject and had some friends who lived like this and this movie hits the subjects right on. Also this is one of the few movies where the kids act and talk like kids--not like little adults. The language is strong (there's plenty of casual swearing and sex talk) but that's how people act and talk. Also this film doesn't shrink from Claudine and Roop having sex--it presents it in a matter of fact way. The script is OK but tries to cover all the bases of being poor and struggling with kids--that's WAY too much for one movie. Also it seems to pile one disaster after another on Claudine. It's gets to be overkill. I also didn't buy the happy shots during the closing credits. Still this is an exceptional movie that seems to have fallen between the cracks. The acting is great--Carroll and Jones are so young and full of life and energy. Carroll was nominated for an Oscar for this film. Also, among her kids, is Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs who went on the star in the TV series "Welcome Back Kotter".

I do have to point out that the language is STRONG in this one and it has flashes of nudity (female). It wouldn't get a PG today--it would get an R. Still it's just being honest and there's nothing wrong with that!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1974 (Canada) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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