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Carbon Copy (1981)

Carbon Copy





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George Segal plays rich and surly California executive Walter Whitney, who learns out-of-the-blue that he has a 17-year-old black son, in Michael Schultz's lightweight Carbon Copy. When his son Roger Porter (Denzel Washington) arrives, Walter tries to pass him off to his neighbors in the restricted all-white suburb as a sociological experiment. But when he eventually confesses his parenthood to his wife Vivian (Susan Saint James), his world is turned upside down. In a flash, all the trophies of upper-class white respectability are removed -- he loses his job, his credit cards are revoked, and Vivian throws him out of the house. Without the white man's trappings, he is forced to accept the help of downtrodden minorities. When he is compelled to manual labor, Walter comes to understand the troubles his son goes through.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Shapiro
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On DVD: Mar 2, 2004
AVCO Embassy Pictures


George Segal
as Walter Whitney
Denzel Washington
as Roger Porter
Susan Saint James
as Vivian Whitney
Jack Warden
as Nelson Longhurst
Vicki Dawson
as Mary Ann
Tom Poston
as Rev. Hayworth
Ed Call
as Basketball Father
Parley Baer
as Dr. Bristol
Ed Marshall
as Freddie
Edward Call
as Basketball Father
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Critic Reviews for Carbon Copy

All Critics (1)

Sem saber se pretende ser uma comédia, um drama ou uma denúncia sobre preconceito racial, este medíocre filme salva-se apenas pela curiosidade de ter servido como veículo de estréia para Denzel Washington.

June 27, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Carbon Copy


Older movie but a very young Denzel Washington's first role. Interesting this was made in 1981 and the storyline could be a modern movie. I liked George Segal in this one and Jack Warden is pretty good too. This movie has some funny parts and although dated is not too bad.

Matthew Liptak

Super Reviewer

A favorite. Great movie. Absolutely hilarious!!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

For being washington's first film it's not horrible, he's just not believable as a seventeen year old.

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