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A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

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Sarah Mathews
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Hal Jackson
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Tea Cake Walters
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Zora Mathews
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Jose
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Stacy
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Alberta
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Bob Takashima
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Teddy
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James
Rawley Valverde ...
Diego
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Bruce
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Paula
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Dwayne
Lu Leonard ...
Sperm Bank Nurse
Joe Lerer ...
Hospital Doctor
Janice Edwards ...
Hospital Nurse
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Hospital Intern
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White Woman #1
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White Woman #2
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Rocky
Michael Halton ...
Stew
William John Murphy ...
P.A. #1
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P.A. #2
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Principal Rockwell
David E. Kazanjian ...
Mr. Alden
James Cranna ...
Person at Car Lot
Shannon Orrock ...
Wife at Car Lot
Alexandra Joy Cuccia ...
Child at Car Lot
Chikako Felper ...
Japanese Woman #1
Patricia Jow ...
Japanese Woman #2
Raquel Osborne ...
Woman in Sushi Bar
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Man with Beer
Miyuki Takei ...
Sushi Waitress
Akihide 'Bo' Fujiyama ...
Sushi Chef
Gregory Fields ...
Rapper
Meashell McCann ...
Rapper
Antoine Foote ...
Rapper
Jeffrey Russell ...
Rapper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Man in Sushi Bar (uncredited)
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Mechanic (uncredited)
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Tourist (uncredited)
Tai ...
Elephant (uncredited)
Judy Thompson ...
Bikini Model (uncredited)
Johnpaul Williams ...
Cute Guy on Date (uncredited)
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Sushi Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Benjamin

Written by

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Marcia Brandwynne ... (story) &
Nadine Schiff ... (story) and
Holly Goldberg Sloan ... (story)
 
Holly Goldberg Sloan ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Rick Bieber ... producer
Marcia Brandwynne ... executive producer
Michael Douglas ... producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer
Patrick J. Palmer ... co-producer
Steven Reuther ... co-executive producer
Suzanne Rothbaum ... associate producer
Nadine Schiff ... executive producer

Music by

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Mark Isham

Cinematography by

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Ralf D. Bode

Film Editing by

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Jacqueline Cambas

Editorial Department

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Margaret Adachi ... assistant film editor
Kelly Barr ... post-production assistant
Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
William Fletcher ... associate film editor
Paul Martinez ... assistant film editor
Hillary Murray ... color timer
Christina Palmer ... post-production assistant (as Christina R. Palmer)

Casting By

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Reuben Cannon

Production Design by

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Evelyn Sakash

Set Decoration by

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Hilton Rosemarin

Costume Design by

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Elizabeth McBride

Makeup Department

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Michael Germain ... key makeup artist
Susan Germaine ... hair stylist: Mr. Danson
Candace Neal ... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke ... key makeup artist (as Daniel Striepeke)
Julia L. Walker ... key hair stylist
Jake Garber ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Stacey Morris ... personal hairstylist for will smith (uncredited)

Production Management

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Joe M. Aguilar ... unit production manager
Carol Dantuono ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Newt Arnold ... first assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Richard Brodsky ... second second assistant director
Bryan Denegal ... second assistant director
David R. Ellis ... second unit director
L. Dean Jones Jr. ... first assistant director
Robert J. Mooney ... second assistant director: second unit
Patrick J. Palmer ... second unit director (as Patrick Palmer)
Shannon Wilson ... additional second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Rodney Armanino ... construction coordinator
Mark Bachman ... signwriter
Dean Backer ... assistant props
Kris Boxell ... set dressing buyer
Robert A. Corso ... second assistant props
Lisa Devlin ... stand-by painter
Dale Haugo ... scenic charge
Chris H. Kelly ... construction coordinator
Sherman Labby ... sketch artist
George F. Mauricio ... set dresser
Don Miloyevich ... property master
Ray Mondoux ... construction foreman
Richard Reseigne ... construction coordinator
Catherine Roehl ... construction accountant
Kristen Ross ... art department coordinator
Dawn Swiderski ... assistant art director
Eugene M. Texeira ... set dresser
Don Watson ... lead man
Don Weinger ... assistant art director
Lauren Abrams ... scenic painter (uncredited)
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Kristin Argue ... drapery (uncredited)
Todd McCune Bray ... painter (uncredited)
Peggy Hrastar ... painter (uncredited)
Matthew McLemore ... Scenic artist/painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Peter C. Barbour ... sound editor
Bruce Bell ... foley mixer
Duke Brown ... sound editor (as Duke L. Brown)
Scott Burrow ... sound editor
Jeff Bushelman ... supervising sound editor
Mike Dobie ... supervising sound editor
Timothy C. Dobie ... first assistant sound editor
Gary Dowling ... boom operator
Dan Gleich ... sound mixer: second unit (as Daniel D. Gleich)
Mark Gordon ... sound editor
Paul Grenier ... sound processor (as Paul B. Grenier)
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
Doug Hemphill ... re-recording mixer
Ellen Heuer ... foley artist
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
Tony Jenkins ... sound re-recordist
Rudy J. Lara ... sound re-recordist (as Rudy Lara)
Richard Lightstone ... sound mixer
Sarah Monat ... foley artist
Philip Perkins ... sound mixer: second unit
Debbie Peterson ... assistant sound editor
Mark Smith ... re-recording mixer
Christina Tucker ... adr mixer
Christopher T. Welch ... sound editor (as C.T. Welch)

Special Effects by

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Tom Sindicich ... special effects

Stunts

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Kevin Bailey ... stunts
LaFaye Baker ... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett ... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Dan Bell ... stunts
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi ... stunts
Rocky Capella ... stunts
Lisa Dempsey ... stunts (as Lisa K. Dempsey)
Annie Ellis ... stunts
David R. Ellis ... stunt coordinator
Richard M. Ellis ... stunts (as Richard Ellis)
Tommy J. Huff ... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Keith Jones ... stunts
Kevin Larson ... stunts
Will Leong ... stunts (as Willie Leong)
Kym Washington Longino ... stunts (as Kym Washington)
Johnny Martin ... stunts
Steve Martin ... stunts (as Steve E. Martin)
Mike Martinez ... stunts
Tim Meredith ... stunts (as Tim C. Meridith)
Jeff Mosley ... stunts
David D. Renaud ... stunts (as David Renaud)
R.A. Rondell ... stunts
Dick Ziker ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joseph Antczak ... first assistant camera: second unit
Brian W. Armstrong ... first assistant camera: second unit
William D. Barber ... camera operator: second unit
Mike Benson ... camera operator: second unit
Hans Bjerno ... camera technician: Wescam, aerial unit
Paul Bode ... second assistant camera
Curt Cabral ... electrician
Steve Cardellini ... dolly grip
Gregory M. Childers ... electrician (as Greg Childers)
Ted Churchill ... Steadicam operator
Charma Ferreira ... second grip
Todd M. Gavin ... second assistant camera: second unit
Gary Gill ... best boy grip
Jeff Gilliam ... rigging grip
Edward Gold ... camera operator: second unit
Nathaniel Goodman ... Steadicam assistant
Peter Gulla ... first assistant camera
Jon Guterres ... key grip
Andrea Kahn ... electrician
Bruce Manning ... first assistant camera: second unit
Paul Marbury ... first assistant camera: second unit (as Paul S. Marbury)
Jeff Mart ... steadicam operator
Stan McClain ... director of photography: aerial unit
Harald Ortenburger ... camera operator
Joe Carl Parsons ... best boy electric
Patrick Riley ... Steadicam assistant / first assistant camera: second unit
Wesley Riley ... second grip
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: second unit
Zade Rosenthal ... still photographer
Michael Santy ... first assistant camera: second unit
John A. Small ... second assistant camera
Michael St. Hilaire ... camera operator: second unit
Frank Strzalkowski ... gaffer
Lou Weinert ... second assistant camera: second unit
Harry Zimmerman ... second assistant camera: second unit
Marty Brenneis ... video playback operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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David Giella ... casting associate
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Nancy Hayes ... casting location
Raquel Osborne ... extras location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michael Becker ... costumer
Amanda Chamberlin ... costumer: Ms. Goldberg
Barbara Hartman-Jenichen ... costumer
Mary Elizabeth Still ... costumer
Eileen Sieff Stroup ... wardrobe supervisor (as Eileen Mae Sieff)

Location Management

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Nathan Gendzier ... location manager
Debra A. Girard ... location manager (as Debra Girard)
Charles Miller ... location manager

Music Department

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John Brown ... music coordinator: Third Stone
Carole Childs ... music supervisor: Elektra Records
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
David Fanshawe ... music recordist: "Ngoma Ra Mrongo"
Bonnie Greenberg ... music business affairs
Jabali Hicks ... music coordinator: Third Stone
Karen Kloack ... music coordinator: Third Stone
Stephen Krause ... score engineer (as Steve Krause)
Lebo M. ... music arranger: African music
Jill Meyers ... music business affairs
Amos Newman ... music supervisor: Elektra Records
Mark Portmann ... music programmer
Henley Regisford ... music coordinator: Third Stone (as Junior Regisford)
Betty Rosen ... music coordinator: Third Stone
Richard Rudolph ... music supervisor (as Dick Rudolph)
Kim Scharnberg ... orchestra and arrangements
Richard Whitfield ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... oboe (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Alan Collis ... transportation coordinator
Vic Cuccia ... driver: Ms. Goldberg
Saul Jurkunas ... driver
John R. Lopez ... driver: Mr. Danson
Michael Sean Ryan ... driver: Mr. Benjamin
Bubba Thrift ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

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Katherine Agard ... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Pamela Alch ... script supervisor
Mary Arnold ... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Shauna Beal ... first assistant: Mr. Milchan
Oscar Briones ... production assistant
Candace Crump ... stand-in: 'Sarah'
Peter DePalma ... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Christopher Desmond ... medic
Chick Elwell ... teamster captain
Robert A. Eppley ... orthopedic surgical consultant
Joe Everett ... unit publicist
Renee Featherstone ... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Erin Fiedler ... production secretary
Ada Gabovan ... assistant: Mr. Palmer
George Gee ... projectionist
Alan Greenwald ... orthopedic surgical consultant
Janet Hayen ... copyist
Ida Lee Henderson ... production accountant
Brian Hofstetter ... production assistant
Ron Holder ... assistant: Ms. Goldberg
Brian Jay ... production assistant
Annamarie Maricle Jennaway ... assistant: Mr. Benjamin
Gary Johnson ... elephant trainer
Kari Johnson ... elephant trainer
Catherine M. Jones ... assistant production accountant (as Catherine Jones)
Keith Jones ... animal trainer
Saul Jurkunas ... cook
Carol Lille ... chimp trainer
Greg Lille ... chimp trainer
Donna Martin ... animal trainer
Steve Martin ... animal supplier / animal trainer (as Steve E. Martin)
Natalia Matthews ... production assistant
Jim McCarthy ... post-production accountant
Seven McDonald ... production assistant
Heidi McGuire ... assistant production coordinator
Rob McWilliams ... video consultant
Richard D. Montoya ... assistant choreographer
John Murphy ... production assistant: Los Angeles
Pamela Murphy ... assistant: Ms. Schiff
Patty Reid ... assistant: Mr. Milchan
Jay Roberts ... assistant production accountant
Rick Rozzini ... assistant choreographer
David M. Rudder ... promotions
Joseph A. Ruzecki ... production assistant
Charlie Sammut ... animal trainer
Kathy Sarreal ... production coordinator
Michael Sax ... stand-in: 'Hal'
Diane Seniw ... assistant production accountant
Ed Sienkaniec ... caterer (as Ed 'Bubka' Sienkaniec)
Norma Smith ... financial representative: New Regency
Peter Stelzer ... assistant: Mr. Danson
Gerry Therrien ... animal trainer (as Jerry Therrien)
Kevin F. Walsh ... production assistant
Addis Wechsler ... management: Mr. Danson and Ms. Goldberg
James J. Wilhelm ... craft service
Lester Wilson ... choreographer
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... helicopter pilot: aerial unit
Curran G. Engel ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Barbara Farrar ... production assistant (uncredited)
Carrie Fisher ... script doctor (uncredited)
Francesca Prada ... production assistant (uncredited)
Carrie Specht ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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William Alluns Jr. ... thanks
Dick Cepek ... thanks
Marin Dodge ... thanks
Betty Gadling ... thanks
Wayman Henry ... thanks
Jeannie Rucker ... thanks
Anthony Williams ... thanks (as Reverend Anthony Williams)
Lester Wilson ... in loving memory
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Plot Summary

In the Bay Area, widowed Sarah Mathews and her high school senior daughter Zora Mathews are intellectuals who embrace their African roots, Sarah who owns and operates a store all things African called African Queen. Despite often fighting, they truly do love each other. That love is why Sarah would rather Zora attend Berkeley for her freshman year than science prodigy Zora's first choice of M.I.T. on the other side of the country. Caught in a lie, Sarah is forced to admit to Zora that her husband Charlie, who died before Zora was born and who was the love of her life, is not Zora's biological father as Zora has always believed, but that she was conceived via artificial insemination using anonymous sperm from a sperm bank. Determined to have a man in her life she can truly call a "Dad" all her own, Zora, with the help of her longtime best friend Tea Cake Walton, is able to break into the sperm bank's computerized records to find the donor's information, including his name: Hal Jackson. Zora is horrified to learn several things about Hal: that he is *the* Hal Jackson, a local car salesman well known for using tacky methods of advertising; that he is boorish and loutish, stereotypical of his business; but arguably most importantly, that he is Caucasian as in white, white, white, and not even a little black. Both Sarah and Hal, when told Zora's discovery, are taken aback, Sarah in particular incensed that such an error could have been made in having requested a black donor if Zora is indeed a product of Hal's sperm. With the proverbial cat out of the bag, all three have to decide what to do with the information including if Hal should be a part of Zora and thus by association Sarah's life. The information does make Hal at least examine his life, including two so far failed marriages, and now living with a vacuous and stereotypical blonde named Stacy. And despite who Hal is, Sarah and Zora may see him ultimately in a different light than they intended and in a light different than what they would have wanted for the other. Written by Huggo

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Taglines At the sperm-bank she asked for a tall, intelligent, black man. One out of three ain't bad. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Genesis (United States)
  • Change of Heart (United States)
  • Everyday People (United States)
  • 100% Americain (Canada, French title)
  • Stvoreno u Americi (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $22,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,800,000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $60,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson met and eventually dated after finishing this movie. Their relationship lasted up until 1994. See more »
Goofs Zora's seatbelt when she drives with Hal for the first time. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Made in America/Menace II Society/Cliffhanger/Hot Shots! Part Deux/The Long Day Closes (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Go Away See more »
Quotes Hal Jackson: Do you mind if I smoke in here?
Sarah Mathews: Yes, i do mind
Zora: ma, this is his office
Sarah Mathews: I don't care, this is my lungs, he can get himself killed.
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