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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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Taglines:

A heart and soul comedy. Can you dig it?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs. See more »

Goofs

When Claudine and her girlfriends are riding the bus at the beginning of the movie, the bus passes the New Marble Hill movie theatre twice. See more »

Quotes

Claudine: What are you doing to do?
Charlene: Get married, and we'll both work.
Claudine: You'll both work? Together, you'll make one salary. And when the baby comes, they'll be three people living on half a salary. That's the half you can't even count on.
Charlene: Abdullah says that if...
Claudine: 'Abdullah says'? Abdullah's full of crap, that's what he is. He's just like all those other black studs. Full of crap!
Charlene: [close to tears] Mama, black men have made great contributions. George Washington Carver. W.E.B. DuBois. Frederick Douglass.
Claudine: ...
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The Makings of You
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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User Reviews

 
This is a wonderful movie on struggle and family bonds
23 May 2004 | by Tamikalovesu2See all my reviews

I have seen this movie since I was a little girl, and being from New York and remembering how people lived back then brought back a lot of good memories. This movie is not just about wanting a fairy tale ending but understanding the struggles of becoming a better person, woman, and provider Claudine attempted to be. It was about the welfare system putting women in a binding situation. It was about the injustice of a system that invaded and put demands on a family to stay afloat. Diane Carroll was nominated for an Oscar for this role, and it was well deserved. If you want to experience a strong family with conflicting but wonderful bonding moments, enjoy Claudine. Your goal as a viewer is to keep an open mind, and understand the overall frustration.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1974 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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