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Carbon Copy (1981)

When a rich white corporate executive finds out that he has an illegitimate black son, things start falling apart for him at home, at work, and in his social circles.

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writer:

Stanley Shapiro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Walter Whitney
Susan Saint James ... Vivian Whitney
Jack Warden ... Nelson Longhurst
Dick Martin ... Victor Bard
Denzel Washington ... Roger Porter
Paul Winfield ... Bob Garvey
Macon McCalman ... Tubby Wederholt
Vicky Dawson ... Mary Ann
Parley Baer ... Dr. Bristol
Vernon Weddle ... Wardlow
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Freddie
Ed Call Ed Call ... Basketball Father
Angelina Estrada Angelina Estrada ... Bianca
Carmen Filpi ... Wino
Warren Munson ... 2nd Guard
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Storyline

A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the almost exclusively white community of San Marino, California. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net> and horrendous punctuation corrected by Brooks

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" I lost my job, my house and my Rolls Royce; My family left me...What else can possibly go wrong?" "Hi, Dad!" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The white-dominant community that Walter Whitney (George Segal) lived in was in San Marino, California. See more »

Goofs

When Walter and Roger move into the run-down apartment in Watts, very low flying jets can be heard overhead. The nearest airport in the area would be LAX which is approx. 13 miles due west. LAX is too far away for such low flying aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Roger Porter: You can show me how to build model airplanes, I'll show you how to pick a lock.
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Connections

Referenced in Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Get Closer to You
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Paul Williams
Performed by Dan Seals (as England Dan Seals)
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Who's Your Daddy?
12 May 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

White corporation man George Segal gets a rude awakening when he finds out that he has an illegitimate son who happens to be black (our first real theatrical look at Hollywood icon Denzel Washington). Naturally Segal's Beverly Hills life turns topsy-turvy with wife Susan Saint James and father-in-law Jack Warden complicating the situation by forcing Segal into a life of degradation and poverty with usually hilarious results. Pure early-1980s fluff here as Washington puts that bright smile of his on and steals every scene from veteran Segal. Segal though does an admirable job and feeds off the film effectively. Ultimately though the substance is lacking and the typical comedic situations eventually end up being predictable and sometimes stale. The late drama also feels forced and somewhat unnecessary. Still a watchable piece of entertainment for its two leads. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carbon Copy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,566,593

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,566,593
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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