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True Identity (1991)

R | | Comedy | 23 August 1991 (USA)
In order to escape from the mob, an African-American man must disguise himself as a white man.

Director:

Charles Lane

Writer:

Andy Breckman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Henry ... Miles Pope
Frank Langella ... Leland Carver
Charles Lane ... Duane
J.T. Walsh ... Houston
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Kristi
Andreas Katsulas ... Anthony
Michael McKean ... Harvey Cooper
Peggy Lipton ... Rita
Bill Raymond ... Grunfeld
James Earl Jones ... Himself
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Tyler
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Frank LaMotta (as Chris Latta)
Melvin Van Peebles ... Taxi Driver
Ruth Brown Ruth Brown ... Martha
Fantasia Owens Fantasia Owens ... Ruth
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Storyline

True Identity is a comedy about a black actor named Miles Pope who wants to play a part in Othello. After a plane ride home from a failed acting job Miles meets a producer named Leland Carver who slips out his mob identity when the plane is about to crash but after all of that the plane does not crash. Now Miles is the only man who knows the past to this mob man. Miles gets the help of his best friend make-up artist Duane to turn him into a White man. As Miles is packing his stuff to get out of town, the hitman walks in and a struggle is in affect. Miles wins the fight and kills the hitman in an electrical fashion. Now Anthony (Leland Carver's top man) comes in to confirm that Miles is dead. Now Miles is mistaken as the hitman. Now Miles must assume a parade of identity's to get away from the Mob's guns hot on his trail. Written by D.B. Dickerson <dbdiii@juno.com>

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Ever since the mob's been after him... Miles Pope hasn't been himself!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cambio d'identità See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,541,581, 25 August 1991

Gross USA:

$4,693,236

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,693,236
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was designed as a vehicle for Lenny Henry as part of a 3-picture deal the actor signed with the Walt Disney Company, which thought that he had the potential to be a big star in the United States. When this film flopped at the box office, Henry's deal with Disney was canceled, and the other films were never made. See more »

Quotes

Miles Pope: Yo, Frankie, when you get to jail, you might want to talk to some of the brothers on your views of racial equality.
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Connections

Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 27 August 1991 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk the Line
Written by Tena Clark and Dee Harvey
Performed by Gladys Knight
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Entertaining enough
4 August 2003 | by Lunar JetmanSee all my reviews

I picked a Laserdisc edition of this film up on ebay recently, simply because I was never aware that Lenny had acted in anything other than TV sitcoms.

Personally, I thought the film was entertaining enough.... Lenny stars as actor wannabee 'Miles Pope' who is on the run from the mob after finding out that local good guy 'Leland Carver' is in fact a wanted criminal who is assuming a new identity after plastic surgery. Aided by his friend Duane, who is a movie make up artist, Miles is transformed into a White guy so he can escape a hit-man sent by Carver. However, once Miles has dispatched him, he then takes on the role as the hit-man himself, in a bid to undercover the truth about Carver and expose him to the FBI.

The makeup that transforms Lenny into a white guy is very well done, however, his attempts at an American accent are less successful. The film has some good comedy moments, and some great one-liners, and it is a shame that it didn't do very well at the box office, in my opinion Lenny is a talented bloke and could have done so much more with his film career. So, to summarise: Nothing ground breaking here, and certainly no Oscars were missed but if you have nothing to do for an hour and a half you could do far worse than watch this. A fun little movie.


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