True Identity (1991)

True Identity (1991)

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After hearing the full confessional of a notorious Mafioso who thought he was about to die, a young black actor must think fast if he wants to survive. Disguised as a white hit man, he attempts to infiltrate the mobster's crime ring to obtain incriminating evidence for the FBI. British comic Lenny Henry stars in this light comedy--along with performances by Frank Langella, J.T. Walsh, Anne-Marie Johnson and director Charles Lane.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Touchstone Pictures

Cast

Lenny Henry
as Miles Pope
Frank Langella
as Leland Carver
J.T. Walsh
as Houston
William Raymond
as Grunford
Christopher Collins
as Frank LaMotta
Melvin Van Peebles
as Taxi Driver
Ruth Brown
as Martha
Joe Bellan
as Janitor
James Landi
as FBI Driver
Beth Robbins
as Female FBI Agent
Jim Gavin
as Helicopter Pilot
Cynthia Blackledge
as 1st Acting Student
Eric Briant Wells
as 2nd Acting Student
Valerie Holvick
as Red-Haired Acting Student
James W. Gavin
as Helicopter Pilot
Hazelle Goodman
as Miles's 1st Neighbor
Maria C. Hurtado
as Miles's 2nd Neighbor
Katie Graves
as Female Ticket Agent
Greg Travis
as Orlando Ticket Buyer
James Bilbrey
as Man on Line
Laura Schaefer
as Stewardess
Jonathan Frechette
as Flight Engineer
Michael Baskin
as Airplane Husband
Tracy Brooks Swope
as Airplane Wife
Robert Black
as 1st Cab Man
Joseph A. Jackson
as 2nd Cab Man
Mik Scriba
as Police Sergeant
Ken Miles
as 1st Cop
Clifford Shegog
as Police Lineup Guy
Lilyan Chauvin
as Police Station Woman
Raymond Forchion
as Burly Cop
Roselyn D. Schwartz
as FBI Secretary
Peter Fitzgerald
as Horror Movie Actor
George Riddick
as Fifth Avenue Pedestrian
Damon Pooser
as Brother
Olivia Sklar
as Cab Woman
Grant Owens
as Senator
Joyce Meadows
as FBI Receptionist
Michael Jai White
as 1st Alley Guy
Victor Colicchio
as 2nd Alley Guy
Bobby Johnson
as 3rd Alley Guy
Fred Springer
as Country Club Receptionist
Glenn David Calloway
as Distinguished Man
Jane Marla Robbins
as Director's Assistant
Bettiann Fishman
as Waitress
Shannon Holt
as Desdemona
Lynne Griffin
as Emilia
Richard Ganoung
as Roderigo
Robert Haufrecht
as FBI Lobby Agent
Sarah Baley
as 1st Audience Member
Ann Schulman
as 2nd Audience Member
Christina Wright
as 3rd Audience Member
Shane Dixon
as FBI Agent on Catwalk
Doug Carfrae
as JFK Ticket Clerk
R. Lee Ermey
as Houston's Boss (uncredited)
Anthony Johnson
as Audition Actor
Bill Raymond
as Grunford
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Critic Reviews for True Identity

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

A pedestrian racial comedy.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for True Identity

I remember getting a kick out of True Identity when I was at a very young age. True Identity is about a black man on the run from the mob who decides to go incognito by disguising himself as a white man, what follows are a bunch of wacky shenanigans that aren't really funny anymore. Basically, this is an old time White Chicks but even sillier and harder to watch at times. J.T. Walsh and Frank Langella added a lot of fun to this film, but I'm sure they don't want many people remembering them for this film. Silly stuff.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

Fun film, with a really exceptional performance by Lenny Henry, great job. It's a little over the top at times, but it can be overlooked because of such a fine cast. Some of the make-up is awesome.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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