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Claudine (1974)

In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare.

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John Berry
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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 ... 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?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1975 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Claudine Corpo e Alma See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,540,000, 31 December 1974
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Movielab)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The director felt that Diahann Carroll was too sophisticated to play the role of a welfare mother. However, Carroll was from the Bronx, knew women like Claudine and knew she could play that part as well as anyone else. 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

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 ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Hold On
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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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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