Claudine is an outstanding film. A gritty, hearty, heartful and ruggedly tender story of contemporary urban black family life avoiding blaxploitation genre.

Claudine is an outstanding film. A gritty, hearty, heartful and ruggedly tender story of contemporary urban black family life avoiding blaxploitation genre.

Here we have some too-real problems – Diahann Carroll as a 36-year-old mother of six trying to keep a family together without a man around; James Earl Jones as her garbage collector-boyfriend trapped in the immorality of the welfare system which encourages impropriety and discourages decency.

The affair between Carroll and Jones is further complicated by various real problems with her kids. Eldest son Lawrence Hinton-Jacobs is torn apart by maturing black pride; daughter Tamu is experiencing her first adult female impulses; son David Kruger is on the verge of teenage dropout status.

1974: Nomination: Best Actress (Diahnn Carroll)

Claudine

Production

Third World. Director John Berry; Producer Hannah Weinstein; Screenplay Tina Pine, Lester Pine; Camera Gayne Rescher; Editor Luis San Andres; Music Curtis Mayfield;; Art Director Ted Hawarth

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Diahann Carroll James Earl Jones Lawrence Hinton-Jacobs Tamu David Kruger Yvette Curtis

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