From the heart of Harlem comes a triumph of the soul.
|Diahann Carroll was nominated for both an Oscar® and a Golden Globe award for her gripping portrayal as the indomitable Claudine in this heartwarming comedy. While struggling to support herself and her six children in Harlem by working as a maid for a wealthy family, Claudine meets a charming garbage man, Roop. But although Roop is smitten with the lovely single mother, his own life trials make him slow to respond to her invitation to a lifetime of love. The touching story of Claudine will inspire smiles and tears in viewers of all ages.|
Editor's NoteClaudine (Diahann Carroll) is a single mother raising six children in the projects of Harlem. What little money she earns comes directly from a rich family for whom she keeps house. Struggling to make ends meet, she resorts to welfare. Claudine works to keep her dignity in the face of the humiliating hoops the welfare system--a system created precisely for women like her--forces her to jump through. She finds grace and romance in a pleasant garbage collector (James Earl Jones). Falling in love, the two work together to fight societal hypocrisy and to keep Claudine's family unit afloat.Released in 1974 during blaxploitation's prime, CLAUDINE offered a more humanistic view of the black American experience. The independent feature showed African-Americans in a light they would not regularly be seen in for at least another decade. In addition to its warm depiction of ghetto romance, the film is also remembered for the soundtrack featuring Curtis Mayfield and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Diahann Carroll earned an Oscar nomination for her lead performance.
Cast & Crew
|James Earl Jones|
|Lawrence Hilton Jacobs|
|Gayne Rescher - Cinematographer|
|John Berry - Director|
|Curtis Mayfield - Original Music|
|Hannah Weinstein - Producer|
|Tina Pine - Writer|
|Lester Pine - Writer|
|Diahann Carroll, Nominee, Best Actress In A Leading Role|
Golden Globe (1975)
|James Earl Jones, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor-Musical/Comedy|
|Diahann Carroll, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress-Musical/Comedy|