ClaudineDirector: John Berry
Claudine (Diahann Carroll) is an impoverished African-American Harlem resident. Unmarried, Claudine supports herself and her six children by working as a maid--albeit secretly, so she can still qualify for welfare. Garbageman James Earl Jones falls in love with Claudine, and after strenuous effort manages to win the affections of her suspicious kids. Just when it seems as though there's a marriage in the offing, Jones runs off. Claudine's kids hunt him down and shame him into returning to their mother.
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- 20th Century Fox
Cast & Crew
|Diahann Carroll||Claudine Price|
|James Earl Jones||Roop|
|Carolyn Adams||Dance Teacher|
|Bernard Barrow||Mr. Winograd|
|David Blackwell||Delivery Boy|
|Bill Bressant||Cop #2|
|Lee Dupree||Young Brother|
|Art Evans||Young Brother|
|Tim Pelt||Cool Cat|
|Mordecai Lawner||Process Server|
|Elisa Loti||Miss Kabak|
|Roxie Roker||Mrs. Winston|
|Joan Kaye||Mrs. Winograd|
|Stefan Gierasch||Sanitation Foreman|
|Ralph Wilcox||Young Brother|
|C. Harrison Avery||Minister|
|Charles Cleveland||Dice Man|
|Reverend Carlton Coleman||Gospel Leader|
|Lil Henderson||Bus Woman #3|
|Judy Mills||Bus Woman #1|
|Yvonne Sutherland||Bus Woman #4|
|Jay Van Leer||Bar Woman|
|Alyce Webb||Bus Woman #2|
|Luis San Andres||Editor|
|Burt Bluestein||Asst. Director|
|Al Gramaglia||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Edward S. Haworth||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ted Haworth||Production Designer|
|Bernard Johnson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ben Kasazkow||Art Director|
|Curtis Mayfield||Score Composer|
|Paul Vogt||Set Decoration/Design|
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i saw this on tv years later and thought wow this is really good
Diahann Carroll is always classic even when playing a mother on welfare. James Earl Jones is awesome as well. Claudine is definitely one of the great black movies of all times. One also gets a glimpse into how the welfare system was not a great tool for black families; simply because it was not a helping hand but and repressive hand. For the reviewer looking for the AWESOME soundtrack, it is available now.
My mom loves this movie so as a surprise I taped the movie for off of tv and I started to like the movie as well it is a great family movie.
This is one of the finest movies to come out of the black experience in the 1970s. Every performance is pitch-perfect, the music is fantastic, and the script is funny, gritty and true to life. I don't know what took them so long to out this out, but thank goodness it's finally available.
James Earl Jones has never been sexier or funnier, and Diahann Carroll is beautiful, lively, and graceful (and much more real than on her TV show ''Julia''). There's real chemistry between the two and the script is witty and interesting. The kids are adorable. The oldest boy went on to star on ''Welcome Back Kotter''--he's great in this.
This is one of my mom and my favorite movies. It is a great movie that shows real life, real relationships, and real acting! However, it is not depressing because like all black folks, we find the humor in our pain and keep on keeping on keeping on!
I grew up on this movie. I love it every time I see it. The soundtrack is AWESOME! I'm still trying to find it :-)
Claudine is one of my favorite movies. This movie is a back in the day reflection of how most women of color struggled to survive as single mothers. Every time I see this move, I step back in time. The soundtrack is excellent--still unable to find the soundtrack.
“Claudine" is great. It’s intelligently scripted and well directed. The characters are generally believable and compelling. This tells a story of an unwed mother (Diahann Carroll) with six children. She is on welfare, has a job as a maid, but is still so impoverished that no one in the family has a car. She develops a relationship with a garbage man (James Earl Jones) who has reservations about becoming stepfather and provider for her children. Claudine has the impossible task of raising her children properly, earning a living, staying on public assistance which she clearly needs, and keeping her lover satisfied and stationary. Economical difficulties combined with some then racial limitations make this family lives miserable. This movie is a good representation of the American system at it's worst. The welfare system was initially set up as a stepping stone for those families who needed that extra hand to get back on their feet. The movie showed an accurate portrayal of how the welfare system breaks down the family unit. In other words if the father or any male figure is in the lives of the women and children their financial support from the system would be jeopardized if not terminated. The struggles of the poor can be seen throughout the world. The acting all around is excellent, even by the small children- while sometimes affectionate they can also be selfish, bratty, and manipulative. James Earl Jones, a character actor who has become famous primarily for his deep and resonant voice, demonstrates in this film that he is also a capable leading actor. "On and On." is the opening title to this film and the soundtrack to this is great. It’s performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips, with the songs written by Curtis Mayfield. The most discouraging aspect remains that so few movies that address the African American perspective have been made since this one, so this comes to show that “Claudine” is worth having.
I grew up on this movie. I enjoy it everytime it airs on TV and I have the DVD. I am searching for the soundtrack on CD. I have it on Album and that is most likely the only way I will ever have it.
This movive is wonderful, it's a keeper of generations to come.The only thing is missing is the soundtrack,by itself. The public wants it. Can one of the major music companies,obtain the rights to produce it. That would make a lot of mayfeild fans happy. I'm a collector of good music,such as temptations, sam cooke, the impressions,along with other artists of that era. That was music, I grew up listening to.I want to share this with my children and grandchildren. This is something good to pass along. I know other viewers of the site would agree.
This is a great movie that displays the true inner-city life in the 70's. It is a movie that everyone should see and the soundtrack is outstanding.
This movie is one of the great ones. It tells the true story of families sticking together through both good and bad times. It shows the true meaning of family and struggle.