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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.

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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 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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Taglines:

" 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:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cara do Pai See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,451,286, 27 September 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,566,593
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Porter's (Denzel Washington's) car was a 1959 Chevy. See more »

Goofs

In a close shot of Walter and Rodger where in the Rolls Royce driving the rear view mirror is missing and then when they pulled out to a long shot the rear view mirror was back in place. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Whitney: Roger, we're having chicken for dinner.
Roger Porter: I just love chicken, ma'am.
Vivian Whitney: I know you do.
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Connections

Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982) 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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I'll shovel it. I'll live in it. But I won't take it.
15 June 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Talk about an undiscovered gem. I never knew this film existed. Denzel Washington's first film role. You could see the potential for greatness even then. Yes, I know that is easy to say now, but I really mean it. Even in this small role, he was great.

My personal connection to this film aside, it really hit home the problem in this country. The divide is so great that only the election of Obama will begin to heal it. We still have the separate communities displayed here, and we still have the separate attitudes. George Segal really did a good job in displaying the angst of the two worlds that divide us.

Most of the credit has to go to Oscar-winner Stanley Shapiro, for writing and producing this film. He used humor very creatively to spotlight a real problem that has plagued us for many many years.


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