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"A heart and soul comedy. Can you dig it?"
  • PG
  • 1974
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 7.3  (2,472)

Claudine is a 1974 American romantic comedy-drama film written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine and directed by John Berry. The movie stars the talented Diahann Carroll as Claudine, James Earl Jones as the garbage man Roop, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Claudine's eldest son Prentice. The story is set in Harlem, New York City, and focuses on the life of Claudine, a single mother struggling to make ends meet while raising six children on welfare. Claudine is a strong woman who works hard to make sure her children have everything they need, but as a welfare recipient, she is not allowed to have a man in her life. Her life takes a new turn when she meets Roop, a kind and caring garbage man who starts to fall in love with her.

Claudine is initially wary of Roop's advances, convinced that any relationship between them will put her welfare benefits at risk. However, after several dates, she begins to let down her guard, and the two start a passionate affair. Claudine finds herself torn between her love for Roop and her responsibilities towards her children.

The film delicately weaves in and out of Claudine's strained relationship with her children, especially her eldest son Prentice, who is idealistic and struggles to understand why his mother can't provide for them without government aid. As the movie progresses, Claudine's relationship with Roop deepens, and he becomes a father figure to her children.

The film's heartwarming scenes are balanced with its realistic portrayal of the harsh realities faced by Claudine as a single mother in the 1970s. It tackles issues such as systemic poverty, racism, and the complex dynamics of family relationships.

Noteworthy are the performances of the lead actors, especially Diahann Carroll, whose portrayal of Claudine is both fierce and tender. James Earl Jones as Roop embodies the character's kindness and wisdom, while Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs delivers a powerful performance as Claudine's son Prentice. The chemistry between the three actors is palpable and adds to the film's emotional depth.

Claudine was a critical and commercial success, garnering favorable reviews for its poignant portrayal of a single mother and her struggles in a society that did not always recognize the value of her work. It was also instrumental in breaking down barriers and stereotypes regarding African American women on film.

In conclusion, Claudine is an endearing and thought-provoking film that tackles tough societal issues with heart and sensitivity. The film's timeless themes of love, family, and the struggles faced by individuals in disadvantaged communities make it a must-watch for audiences of all ages.

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    7.3  (2,472)