True Identity

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Charles Lane directed Andy Breckman's script, based on an old "Saturday Night Live" sketch of Breckman's that featured Eddie Murphy. Comic Lenny Henry takes Murphy's place in True Identity as a black man forced to don white face in order to save his life. Henry plays Miles Pope, an agreeable British actor whose luck sours when he finds out that businessman Leland Carver Frank Langella is actually a notorious underworld mobster. Carver now wants to rub Miles out and the only way that Miles can escape Carver's ...
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Overview

Charles Lane directed Andy Breckman's script, based on an old "Saturday Night Live" sketch of Breckman's that featured Eddie Murphy. Comic Lenny Henry takes Murphy's place in True Identity as a black man forced to don white face in order to save his life. Henry plays Miles Pope, an agreeable British actor whose luck sours when he finds out that businessman Leland Carver Frank Langella is actually a notorious underworld mobster. Carver now wants to rub Miles out and the only way that Miles can escape Carver's retribution is to disguise himself as a man named Frank LaMotta, the Italian-American killer that Carver has hired to kill him. During the story, Miles finds that he has to assume a variety of roles to keep from getting shot --a gay real estate agent, a British lord, James Brown's brother Val, and even Othello. But the biggest shock for Miles comes when he plays the white man and discovers that he is given preferential treatment --not only by whites, but also by blacks and Hispanics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1994
  • UPC: 717951256034
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lenny Henry Miles Pope
Frank Langella Leland Carver
Charles Lane Duane
J.T. Walsh Craig Houston
Anne-Marie Johnson Kristi Reeves
Andreas Katsulas Anthony
Michael McKean Harvey Cooper
Peggy Lipton Rita
Bill Raymond Grunfeld
James Earl Jones Himself
Darnell Williams Tyler
Christopher Collins Frank LaMotta
Melvin Van Peebles Taxi Driver
Ruth Brown Martha
Sarah Baley 1st Audience Member
Michael Baskin Airplane Husband
Joe Bellan Janitor
Pat Golden
James Bilbrey Man on Line
Robert Black 1st Cab Man
Cynthia Blackledge 1st Acting Student
David Martel Bryant Clown
Glenn David Calloway Distinguished Man
Doug Carfrae JFK Ticket Clerk
Lilyan Chauvin Police Station Woman
Victor Colicchio 2nd Alley Guy
Shane Dixon FBI Agent on Catwalk
R. Lee Ermey Houston's Boss (uncredited)
Bettiann Fishman Waitress
Peter Fitzgerald Horror Movie Actor
Peter Fitzgerald Horror Movie Actor
Raymond Forchion Burly Cop
Jonathan Frechette Flight Engineer
Richard Ganoung Roderigo
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Jim Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Hazelle Goodman Miles's 1st Neighbor
Katie Graves Female Ticket Agent
Lynne Griffin Emilia
Robert Haufrecht FBI Lobby Agent
Shannon Holt Desdemona
Valerie Holvick Red-Haired Acting Student
Maria C. Hurtado Miles's 2nd Neighbor
Joseph A. Jackson 2nd Cab Man
Anthony Johnson Audition Actor
Bobby Johnson 3rd Alley Guy
James Landi FBI Driver
James Mathers Pilot
Joyce Meadows FBI Receptionist
Ken Miles 1st Cop
Fantasia Owens Ruth
Grant Owens Senator
Damon Pooser Brother
George Riddick Fifth Avenue Pedestrian
Beth Robbins Female FBI Agent
Jane Marla Robbins Director's Assistant
Laura Schaefer Stewardess
Ann Schulman 2nd Audience Member
Roselyn D. Schwartz FBI Secretary
Judson Scott Iago
Mik Scriba Police Sergeant
Clifford Shegog Police Lineup Guy
Olivia Sklar Cab Woman
Fred Springer Country Club Receptionist
Tracy Brooks Swope Airplane Wife
Greg Travis Orlando Ticket Buyer
Eric Briant Wells 2nd Acting Student
Michael Jai White 1st Alley Guy
Karen Willins Karen
Ilona Wilson Lola
Christina Wright 3rd Audience Member
Technical Credits
Charles Lane Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Carol Baum Producer
Kent Beyda Editor
Andy Breckman Screenwriter
Howard M. Brickner Producer
Michele Burke Makeup
John Caglione Jr. Makeup
William Davies Screenwriter
John F. de Cuir Jr. Production Designer
Doug Drexler Makeup
Sandy Gallin Producer
Geoff Hubbard Art Director
Marc Marder Score Composer
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Will Osborne Screenwriter
David L. Parrish Camera Operator
Debby Porter Stunts
Charles Purpura Screenwriter
Zvi Howard Rosenman Producer
Teri Schwartz Producer
Michael Swerdlick Screenwriter
Bob Young Screenwriter
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