Claudine is a 1974 American film produced by Third World Films and released to theatres by 20th Century Fox. Starring Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and King Coleman, Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, and directed by John Berry. It is noted for being one of the few mainstream films featuring a predominantly African-American cast, and released during that time period, that was not a blaxploitation film. The film was released on April 22, 1974, grossing about $6 million.The Numbers: Box Office Data, Movie Stars, Idle Speculation online retrieved February 16, 2010
The film tells the story of Claudine Price (Diahann Carroll), a single Black Harlem mother, living on welfare with six children, who finds love with a garbage collector, Rupert Marshall (James Earl Jones), who she calls "Roop". The pair's relationship becomes complicated because of a number of factors. Among these are that the couple do not want to marry because they would not be able to support the children without welfare, and that the kids themselves, particularly eldest son Charles (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), are apprehensive of Rupert, and believe that he will leave their mother just like her previous husbands and boyfriends.
Claudine-1974-movie.jpgthumb300pxleftDiahann Carroll portrays a welfare mother with six children in the 1974 film Claudine.
Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced the film's score and soundtrack, the vocals for which are performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips. The Claudine soundtrack was released on the group's record label, Buddah Records, and the film's theme song, "On & On", was a #5 hit for Knight and the Pips on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in 1974.
For her role in the film, Diahann Carroll was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Actress, and also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 1975 Academy Awards. The movie was nominated for the Writers Guild of America award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen.
The final shot of Claudine and her family walking together with Roop was filmed several weeks after principal photography. Actor Ivan Dixon of Hogan's Heroes and Car Wash fame can be seen toward the end of the film in the crowd that follows Claudine as she hops into the police truck. He is wearing a red shirt. Dixon was a long time friend of Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones.
* List of American films of 1974
Claudine (album) - soundtrack album with songs performed by Gladys Knight & the Pips, written and produced by Curtis Mayfield
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