Corrina, Corrina (1994)




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A housekeeper tries to break through the silence of a traumatized child in this touching comedy-drama featuring Whoopi Goldberg. The story, set during the 1950's, is a loose adaptation of the autobiographical experiences of writer/director Jessie Nelson. Manny Singer, who writes jingles at an ad agency, is devastated by his wife's abrupt death from cancer. To handle his grief he becomes deeply involved with his work. His 9-year old daughter Molly is even more devastated and has completely stopped talking. Her muteness worries Manny and he desperately searches for a maid that can care for her. After many interviews, he hires Corrina Washington, an educated, spunky, and slightly eccentric woman whom he thinks Molly will relate to. The woman and child do indeed gradually bond. Manny too is drawn to Corrina and they begin an interracial romance that was at times complicated by racism. The story does have an upbeat ending though.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Whoopi Goldberg
as Corrina Washington
Ray Liotta
as Manny Singer
Tina Majorino
as Molly Singer
Wendy Crewson
as Jenny Davis
Erica Yohn
as Grandma Eve
Jenifer Lewis
as Jevina
Joan Cusack
as Jonesy
Don Ameche
as Grandpa Harry
Noreen Hennessey
as High Heals
Lucy Webb
as Shirl
June C. Ellis
as Miss O'Herlihy
Mimi Lieber
as Rita Lang
Karen Leigh Hopkins
as Liala Sheffield
Lin Shaye
as Repeat Nanny
Pearl Huang
as Mrs. Wang
Noreen Hennesey
as High Heels
Marcus Toji
as Tommy
Louis Mustillo
as Joe Allechinetti
Don Pugsley
as 1st Delivery Man
Brent Spiner
as Brent Witherspoon
Bryan Gordon
as Business Associate
Jevetta Steele
as Club Singer
Yonda Davis
as Woman in Audience
Briahnna Odom
as Lizzie
Steven Williams
as Anthony T. Williams
Sue Carlton
as Mrs. Werner
Tommy Bertelsen
as Bratty Boy
Kyle Orsi
as Gregory
Maud Winchester
as Mrs. Rodgers
K.T. Stevens
as Mrs. Morgan
Chris Chisholm
as John Brennan
Bryan A. Robinson
as Chubby Boy
Roz Witt
as Mrs. Murphy
Sean Anthony Moran
as 2nd Delivery Man
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Critic Reviews for Corrina, Corrina

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

A preachy and manipulative tearjerkering melodrama that mishandles its pseudo-emotional longwindedness. Goldberg and Liotta derved better than this punctuated pap

June 26, 2004
Movie Eye

Whoopi, Whoopi, no, no.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Whoopi's performance makes it watchable.

July 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Actually fairly entertaining in a boring sort of way.

April 10, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

An overlooked gem

September 16, 2002
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

Reveals that loyalty to life, not to time, is what heals those in deep grief.

Full Review… | August 29, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Corrina, Corrina


A perfect little movie. A heartwarming story about the healing process, an impressive performance from a child actor, effective handling of a divisive issue (in this case, race and interracial relationships), and nice bits of music, from Manny's commercial jingles to his father's deaf violin-playing.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Movie about a broken family. A man's wife dies and he employs a housekeeper to help bring up his daughter. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

An OK movie. It is too bad that race matters. I thought the three main actors - Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta and Tina Majorino (as Ray's kid) did a wonderful job.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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