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4.8 13
Director: John Berry

Cast: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Tamu


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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


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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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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20th Century Fox
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[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
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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

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
Bernard Barrow Mr. Winograd
David Blackwell Delivery Boy
Bill Bressant Cop #2
Lee Dupree Young Brother
Art Evans Young Brother
Bob Scarantino Cop
Tim Pelt Cool Cat
Sandi Franklin Prostitute
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Charles
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
Eric Jones Francis
Socorro Stephens Lurlene
Adam Wade Owen
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

Technical Credits
John Berry Director
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
Tina Pine Screenwriter
Les Pine Screenwriter
Gayne Rescher Cinematographer
Paul Vogt Set Decoration/Design
Hannah Weinstein Producer

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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Claudine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
jerell More than 1 year ago
i saw this on tv years later and thought wow this is really good
ReadAllAboutIt More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
“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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.