Claudine

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Overview

James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll star in this warm and realistic comedy drama, which gets a welcome release on DVD. Claudine has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language audio appears in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while a dubbed Spanish track is in Dolby Digital Mono only. Optional subtitles are included in English and Spanish. Bonus materials include two trailers for Claudine, previews of other 20th Century Fox ...
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Overview

James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll star in this warm and realistic comedy drama, which gets a welcome release on DVD. Claudine has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language audio appears in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while a dubbed Spanish track is in Dolby Digital Mono only. Optional subtitles are included in English and Spanish. Bonus materials include two trailers for Claudine, previews of other 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Releases, and a commentary track featuring Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, George Tillman Jr., and Dan Pine.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentaries by James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, George Tillman Jr., and Dan Pine; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The early '70s are remembered for the flowering of the so-called blaxploitation films, the action pictures that gave urban audiences a new set of screen heroes to cheer for. But there were also more serious films produced at the time about African-Americans, too -- Lady Sings the Blues, Sounder, and this heartfelt drama about a single mother finding romance with a burly garbage man. Roop (James Earl Jones) is no knight in shining armor, however. He is supporting wives and children from two previous marriages, and his motives for romancing Claudine Price (Diahann Carroll) don't run to commitment and further responsibilities. Claudine hides her employment as a domestic, plus Roop's presence and presents, from her welfare worker, knowing that discovery of any of them will reduce her payments. The film also tries to deal with oldest son Charles' (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) growing political militancy and oldest daughter Charlene's (Tamu) budding adolescence. Although it's unclear what Charles and his cohorts are fighting for, Charlene's personal (and predictable) crisis precipitates one of the film's strongest scenes, a violent confrontation with her mother. The subtext here is the return to American filmmaking of blacklisted director John Berry. The subject of minorities struggling for a sense of dignity is clearly one that would engage his sympathies, but he is saddled with a script that is by turns repetitious and sketchy, and the film's hasty wrap-up looks like the filmmakers either ran out of money or time. However, both leads are strong and believable, and as Charles, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs has some memorably brooding moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • UPC: 024543061830
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,281

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diahann Carroll Claudine Price
James Earl Jones Roop
Tamu Charlene
David Kruger Paul
Yvette Curtis Patrice
Carolyn Adams Dance Teacher
Terry Alexander Teddy
C. Harrison Avery Minister
Bernard Barrow Mr. Winograd
David Blackwell Delivery Boy
Bill Bressant , Cop #2
Charles Cleveland Dice Man
Reverend Carlton Coleman Gospel Leader
Lee Dupree , Young Brother
Art Evans Young Brother
Sandi Franklin Prostitute
Stefan Gierasch Sanitation Foreman
Lil Henderson Bus Woman #3
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Charles
Eric Jones Francis
Joan Kaye Mrs. Winograd
Mordecai Lawner Process Server
Elisa Loti Miss Kabak
Judy Mills Bus Woman #1
Tim Pelt Cool Cat
Roxie Roker Mrs. Winston
Bob Scarantino Cop
Socorro Stephens Lurlene
Yvonne Sutherland Bus Woman #4
Jay Van Leer Bar Woman
Adam Wade Owen
Alyce Webb Bus Woman #2
Ralph Wilcox Young Brother
Technical Credits
John Berry Director
Luis San Andres Editor
Burt Bluestein Asst. Director
Al Gramaglia Sound/Sound Designer
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Ted Haworth Production Designer
Bernard Johnson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Kasazkow Art Director
Curtis Mayfield Score Composer
Tina Pine Screenwriter
Les Pine Screenwriter
Gayne Rescher Cinematographer
Paul Vogt Set Decoration/Design
Hannah Weinstein Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:45]
2. On the Bus [1:47]
3. At Work [3:29]
4. Roop [3:28]
5. A Bath [4:31]
6. Dinner [2:33]
7. Home Life [1:40]
8. Miss Kabak [5:49]
9. Being a Mother [4:24]
10. Invisible [:49]
11. Meeting Miss Kabak [4:29]
12. The Welfare Office [2:37]
13. Child Support [6:09]
14. Father's Day [1:07]
15. Rupert Disappears [5:40]
16. Charlene Is Pregnant [1:26]
17. Charles Has an Operation [6:21]
18. Rupert's Punishment [3:23]
19. A Family [3:36]
20. End Titles [1:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Stereo
      Languages: English Mono
      Languages: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, George Tillman, Jr. & Daniel Pine
      Trailer
      Spanish Trailer
      Fox Flix: Carmen Jones
      Fox Flix: How Stella Get Her Groove Back
      Fox Flix: Men of Honor
      Fox Flix: Soul Food
      Fox Flix: Waiting to Exhale
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    GREAT!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Please produce a soundtrack on cd! hurry!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fans that enjoy "Good Times” can easily stride with “Claudine.”

    “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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All-time Classic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie with a true life theme

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    True Life

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic!

    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 :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    A Great Family Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My mom loves this movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the very best of Black Cinema

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Acting, Fantastic Script

    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.

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