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Encyclopedia > Claudine (film)
Diahann Carroll portrays a welfare mother with six children in the 1974 film Claudine.
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Diahann Carroll portrays a welfare mother with six children in the 1974 film Claudine.

Claudine is a 1974 film produced by Third World Films and released to theatres by 20th Century Fox. Starring Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, and directed by John Berry. It is noted for being one of the few mainstream films featuring a predominately African-American cast that was not a blaxploitation film. Diahann Carroll, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American actress and singer. ... ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Diahann Carroll, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American actress and singer. ... James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a well-known American actor who was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the son of Robert Earl Jones, and raised in Dublin, Michigan, by his maternal grandparents. ... Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (born September 4, 1953 in New York, NY) is an American actor. ... Sir John Berry (1635 – 14 February 1689 or 1690) was a British naval officer of the Royal Navy, and was in 1675 the captain of the annual convoy to Newfoundland that took place during the years of the colonies founding. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ...


The film tells the story of Claudine Price, a single Black Harlem mother, living on welfare with six children, who finds love with a garbage collector, Rupert Marshall. The pair's relationship becomes complicated because of a number of factors. Among these are that the couple do not want to marry because they would not be able to support the children without welfare, and that the kids themselves, particularly eldest son Charles (Hilton-Jacobs), are apprehensive of Rupert, and believe that he will leave their mother just like her previous husbands and boyfriends. An African American is a U.S. citizen who is socially perceived as being at least part black, especially one with ancestors imported to America during slavery. ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... ...


Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced the film's score and soundtrack, the vocals for which are performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips. The Claudine soundtrack was released on the group's record label, Buddah Records, and the film's theme song, "On & On", was a #5 hit for Knight and the Pips on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in 1974. Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist probably best known for his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. ... The Pips redirects here. ... While working at Kama Sutra Records, Art Kass was unhappy with the distribution deal with MGM Records and started Buddah Records around 1967. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


For her role in the film, Diahann Carroll won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


Cast

Diahann Carroll Claudine Price
James Earl Jones Rupert "Roop" B. Marshall
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Charles Price (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacques)
Tamu Charlene Price
David Kruger Paul Price
Yvette Curtis Patrice Price
Eric Jones Francis Price
Socorro Stephens Lurlene Price
Adam Wade Owen
Elisa Loti Miss Kabak
Roxie Roker Mrs. Winston

Songs performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips, produced by Curtis Mayfield Diahann Carroll, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955 Diahann Carroll (born July 17, 1935) is an American actress and singer. ... James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a well-known American actor who was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the son of Robert Earl Jones, and raised in Dublin, Michigan, by his maternal grandparents. ... Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (born September 4, 1953 in New York, NY) is an American actor. ... Roxie Roker (August 28, 1929–December 2, 1995) was an American actress of Bahamanian descent who was best known for her groundbreaking role as Helen Willis on the US TV sitcom, The Jeffersons, one half of the first interracial couple to be shown on regular prime-time TV. She also... The Pips redirects here. ... Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist probably best known for his soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. ...


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DVD Verdict Review - Claudine (1395 words)
Claudine is a single mother desperate to make ends meet in the complex urban nightmare that is life in the ghetto.
But Claudine wants a better life for herself and her family and she sees salvation in the guise of Rupert Morgan, a hard working garbage man who route passes through the affluent neighborhood.
In essence, Claudine is that archetypical urban drama from the early '70s, a film caught between the new found empowerment (and painful grief of loss) created by the civil rights movement of the '60s with the tired, prejudiced mind set that still hung over America from the previous 400 years.
DVD Savant Review: Claudine (911 words)
Claudine maintains a fairly light touch and a decidedly sitcom feel, as Carrol and her brood of kids all take different busses to school and work.
Claudine is mature enough to acknowledge the fact that people, even teenagers, have sex, and no amount of puritan disapproval is going to stop it.
Claudine has to deal with her daughter's plight, being just a child, yet jumping on the treadmill of having children of her own in poverty.
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