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Claudine (1974)





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Claudine (Diahann Carroll) is an impoverished African-American Harlem resident. Unmarried, Claudine supports herself and her six children by working as a maid--albeit secretly, so she can still qualify for welfare. Garbageman James Earl Jones falls in love with Claudine, and after strenuous effort manages to win the affections of her suspicious kids. Just when it seems as though there's a marriage in the offing, Jones runs off. Claudine's kids hunt him down and shame him into returning to their mother.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Diahann Carroll
as Claudine
as Charlene
Yvette Curtis
as Patrice
Eric Jones
as Francis
Adam Wade
as Owen
Mordecai Lawner
as Process Server
Bill Bressant
as Cop #2
Carolyn Adams
as Dance Teacher
Elisa Loti
as Miss Kabak
Roxie Roker
as Mrs. Winston
David Blackwell
as Delivery Boy
Jay Van Leer
as Bar Woman
Judy Mills
as Bus Woman
Alyce Webb
as Bus Woman
Lil Henderson
as Bus Woman
Yvonne Sutherland
as Bus Woman
Bernard Barrow
as Mr. Winograd
Joan Kaye
as Mrs. Winograd
Stefan Gierasch
as Sanitation Foreman
Tim Pelt
as Cool Cat
Sandi Franklin
as Prostitute
Lee Dupree
as Young Brother
Ralph Wilcox
as Young Brother
Art Evans
as Young Brother
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Critic Reviews for Claudine

All Critics (3)

...Claudine is never quite able to become anything more than a highly dated product of its time...

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Well-intentioned but not very compelling as drama or romantic comedy, Claudine bears the distinction of being one of few 1970s films to offer a black femme a lead role, a single mom of six on welfare for which Diahann Carroll received an Oscar nomination.

Full Review… | April 17, 2007

A rather simple love story about two experienced and jaded adults.

Full Review… | January 26, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Claudine


A great showcase for both James Earl Jones and Diahann Carroll. Both have tremendous chemistry together and when the sparks fly they fly off the walls. I believe it is Tamu who was also a stand out as Claudine's daughter. It is a bit claustrophobic mainly taking place in the apartment but the performances are so great you will hardly notice. Great writing as well

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

A good positive movie for the African american community. been a favorite of mine since the mid 80's

Kevin Mc Gaw
Kevin Mc Gaw

70's film about romance, relationships and welfare, as Dianne Carroll, single mum, raises her six-strong brood, holds down a job and tries to find time to hang out with James Earl Jones - minus the mask but distinctive gravellly voice intact. A quality romance-drama for people who like a little more reality with their romance.... the dialog rings true, as does the situation and the logistical difficulties of love v's paying the rent, and the kids act like real kids do in a single-mum family. Beautiful soundtrack by Gladys Knights and the Pips as well..

Lesley N
Lesley N

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