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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?

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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
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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

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Mr. Welfare Man
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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'Claudine' is warm and inviting
19 February 2000 | by D.S.See all my reviews

I first saw the 1974 film "Claudine" on Showtime in 1996. It's a warm film that is easily embracable, thanks to the humane way in which the characters -- and their misfortunes -- are dealt.

Diahann Carroll, in the title role, plays a single mother raising -- oh, four or five or six -- kids while working as a maid for a wealthy, affluent family.

James Earl Jones, as a garbage man, is smitten with Claudine. However, he has problems of his own, and the idea of committing to Claudine has him running scared.

The characters have pride and love, and, even though this isn't original, I found "Claudine" to be quite inviting. The performances (especially from Carroll, who won a well-deserved best-actress Oscar nomination for a role that had originally been cast with Diana Sands, who had to drop out due to a bout with cancer that would eventually kill her in September 1973) seem flawless, because the actors have a firm grasp and understanding of where "Claudine" is at, in terms of heart, mind, and soul.

And "Claudine" has plenty of those three to spare. It's well-worth checking out, if you haven't already done so.


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