- 1 hr 32 min
Claudine is an American classic film that debuted in 1974. This was one of many films that had an all African-American cast. The beginning of the film tells of the despair and struggles that Claudine has to face a mother of six children living on welfare. She and her children are living in Harlem, New York. Claudine is desperate and goes out looking for love, and she finds love with Rupert Marshall whom everyone calls Roop. Roop works as a garbage collector, and he struggles to support Claudine and her children. Claudine's eldest son does not trust Roop. He feels as if Roop is just like all of Claudine's previous husbands that come and go. Rupert falls hard for Claudine, and he eventually asks her out for a date. Rupert goes to Claudine's house only to be treated rudely by her children. There is no hiding that Claudine and the children are treading the waters of poverty. Claudine is apart of a viscous cycle, and she admits that she gets welfare. The social worker Miss Kabak is a constant reminder to Claudine that this is not the life she wants for her children and herself. Claudine has to continue to be dishonest, and she can not allow Miss Kabak to know about Rupert and her relationship. She also has to tell her that she is unemployed. If Claudine is honest and she tells Ms. Kabak that she is employed her welfare would be reduce or end. Financial worries are a constant part of Claudine and Rupert's life. Rupert later discovers a letter that is filled with financial worries. He does not even come to the Father's Day celebration Claudine and the children planned for him. Charles however confronts Rupert, and Rupert and Claudine get back together. The two decide to marry, and at the ceremony Charles is being chased by police officers. The movies ends with Claudine, Rupert, and the children all walking in harmony in the street.