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Claudine (1974)

Diahann Carroll , James Earl Jones , John Berry  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Tamu Blackwell, David Kruger
  • Directors: John Berry
  • Writers: Lester Pine, Tina Pine
  • Producers: Dick Di Bona, Hannah Weinstein, J. Lloyd Grant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007AJG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Claudine" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentaries by James Earl Jones, Diahann Carrol, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, George Tillman Jr., and Dan Pine

Editorial Reviews

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It's easy to get hooked by Claudine, a lean, funny, Nixon-era movie about a romance nearly undone by a patronizing welfare system. Diahann Carroll stars as Claudine, single mother of six children in Harlem and a maid working for under-the-table wages. Forever worried that her white caseworker will discover her meager, outside income (thus eliminating meager government benefits), Claudine further complicates her domestic situation by falling in love with Roop (James Earl Jones). An affable Romeo and absent but financially supportive father of several kids, Roop by his presence jeopardizes Claudine's official status as a mom without means. The couple's decision to go forward results in welfare backlash, personal humiliation, family strain, and corrosive behavior. A sharp script layers the personal story within a socially conscious treatment, while Jones and Carroll's special chemistry turns the characters into fully rounded people. John Berry (From This Day Forward), an interesting if forgotten director, brings a clipped vitality to this urban affair. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones. The funny and compelling comedy/drama about a single mother of six living in Harlem who finally meets Mr. Right-but he's not so sure he wants to inherit an instant family." 1974/color/92 min/PG/fullscreen.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best November 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I Love this movie.. And I am so glad that it's coming out on video. You have this woman with a lot of kids(Diahann Carroll), who is on welfare and works on the side to make ends meet. She meets this garbageman(James Earl Jones) who likes her despite the kids, dates her, and despite his own problems, want to marry her. In time,he gets cold feet and runs off for a minute thinking on the committment he's about to take on, but in the end, love rules the day. This movie,which the late Diana Sands got a hold of initially, was about to star in but got sick and later died, is so realistic. You have this woman who is on welfare, but works. You have this man who loves this woman, but he got kids from another relationship, and he got to pay for that too, then marry a woman with five kids?... That's enough to make anyone take a pause for the cause. Not to say it isn't a good idea. I have seen men do it and keep on going. But, it will make you think. A great movie by an unlikely actress. Diahann usually plays classier roles, yet she was good in this one so much so that she was nominated for an Oscar for that role.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic August 13, 2004
Format:DVD
This is a really great movie. Although it's 30 years old it is still captivating and relavent. I saw the movie for the first time in 2004 after I had heard about it for ages. Claudine has six kids--and don't ask her how she ended up with six kids. The kids are a handful. The relationship between Claudine and Roop (a handsome James Earl Jones) moves at lightning speed. They go from casual acquaintences to an intimate duo very quickly. Roop is quite a character, jovial, eccentric and captivated by Claudines beauty and her plight.

What impressed me the most about this film is the fact that although it is quite old (30 years), the issues that the film addresses (welfare fraud and welfare stipulations on women, failure to pay child support) are still issues that people deal with today.

This drama hits home, the only thing that just struck me is just how fast Claudine and Roops relationship progressed. Where was the getting to know each other? A good movie and a must have for your African American cinema collection.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special film for all time February 7, 2003
Format:DVD
Well, I admit I'm biased (because my parents wrote and co-produced CLAUDINE), but after seeing the film again as an adult (I was 19 when it came out), I am amazed by the splendid acting and, yes, my parents' remarkable script. This film definitely improved with age, and I'm extremely happy that my late parents' finest work is finally available for the home video/DVD market. It was a total blast working on the DVD commentary track; to find out that the movie meant so much to Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, and George Tillman Jr. was extremely gratifying. Thanks to all the CLAUDINE fans that clamored for the movie and helped bring it home.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !!!! January 20, 2003
By Marc200
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful film. Historically, I think it is one of the first movies to ever attempt a realistic, three-dimensional portrayal of a complex love affair between an African-American man and woman. Although it does not succeed on every level, it is earnest, entertaining and extremely well acted. Diahann Carroll stars as the title character Claudine, a pretty middle-aged woman whose life is complicated and yet enormously enriched by having to single-handedly raise six children. Claudine is on welfare but also works a job on the side. James Earl Jones is Roop, who turns out to be Claudine's black knight in shining armor. Claudine and Reuben are very human, but find that their love can bring out the best in each other.
Carroll and Jones are both so committed and masterful in their performances that it really elevates material that in lesser hands could be trite and somewhat embarrassing. Carroll, in particular, showed great commitment to this piece, she skillfully shed her high glamour image to play a single mother on welfare, and invested the character with humanity and dignity as readily as she exposed the character's human flaws. It is a staggering achievement for a woman who began her career as a cabaret singer. Carroll was most deservingly nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
The young actors are very good as well. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, only 19 at the time, did a great job of conveying the frustration, confusion and rage of a fatherless young man trying not the repeat the mistakes of his parents and yet fearful of going the wrong way.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL TEAR JERKER!!! July 15, 2003
Format:DVD
THIS IS AN AWESOME MOVIE ABOUT A WOMAN ON WELFARE HAVING A HARD TIME RAISING SIX KIDS I LOVE THIS MOVIE I CRY EVERYTIME I SEE THIS MOVIE AND I LOVE IT I CAN WATCH IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT I LOVE THIS MOVIE.... I USED TO WATCH IT EVERYTIME THAT IT CAME ON TV WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL BUT NOW I AM DEFINITELY SURPRISED TO SEE THAT JAMES EARL JONES AND DIHANN CARROLL HAD ACCEPTED AND AGREED TO PLAY THESE ROLES BUT I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR THE BOTH OF THESE VETERAN ACTORS THEY HAVE ALWAYS CARRIED THEMSELVES IN A VERY GOOD WAYS AND I HAVE ADMIRED ALL OF THEIR WORK BUT THIS IS A MUST MOVIE TO HAVE AND OWN ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE DIHANN CARROL AND JAMES EARL JONES BUT THIS MOVIE IS VERY EASY TO RELATE TO AND THE SOUNDTRACK IS ALSO CURTIS MAYFIELD ARRANGED, PRODUCED , AND COMPOSED THIS SOUNDTRACK CURTIS IS THE BABYFACE OF THE 70'S HE WAS AN AWESOME PERFORMER AND PRODUCER HE AND GLADY'S HAD DID AN EXCELLENT JOB ON THE SOUNDTRACK TO BE INVISIBLE, ON AN ON, MAKE YOURS A HAPPY HOME, ANY MANY GREAT OTHERS BUT I RECOMMEND THE VIDEO AND THE SOUNDTRACK YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH BOTH!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 5 days ago by Marsha Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely LOVE it!! This was during my era!!! YAY!!!
Published 8 days ago by ldyday
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally a great movie, Diahann Carroll an incredible actress and the...
Totally a great movie, Diahann Carroll an incredible actress and the James Earl Jones was fantastic! a great movie and arrived on time. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mary E Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Claudine should be in everyone's library!!!
I've loved this movie since the first time I saw it as a young girl and I still love it at the age of 48. I can watch it over and over again. This was a must for my library!
Published 1 month ago by PotomacNeicy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love
The best movie of the 70's , something that I could relate to at the time , glade things changed not as drastic...love the movie and the actors
Published 2 months ago by ETTA GARRETT
2.0 out of 5 stars SOMETHINGS MISSING
I PURCHASED 2 COPIES OF THIS MOVIE, ONE FOR MYSELF AND ONE FOR A SISTER WHO LOVES THE MOVIE LIKE MYSELF. WE FOUND OUT THAT SOME OF THE MOVIE WAS CUT. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rosetta Lyon
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Got this for my mom and she loves it had a little trouble at first but worked it all out
Published 2 months ago by Seguir
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This is one of my all time favorite movies! Love Diahann Carroll & James Earl Jones. The soundtrack was awesome!
Published 2 months ago by C. Weil
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
I could watch this movie a million times; o wait - I believe I already have - lol.

Such a cute, funny but also romantic movie. I always love happy endings.
Published 3 months ago by Olivia
5.0 out of 5 stars funny girl
Good old school movie.funny sad and real! Something to see to understand how it was and sometimes still is today for not only black mothers, but any mother that may need a little... Read more
Published 3 months ago by keysha florence
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