Claudine is a 1974 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by John Berry. Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, produced by Third World Cinema, and distributed by 20th Century Fox, starring James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs. The film was released on April 22, 1974, grossing about $6 million, a modest hit for the times. It was praised for showing a new dimension in black cinema during the height of blaxploitation.
The film tells the story of Claudine Price, a single black Harlem mother, living on welfare with six children, who finds love with a garbage collector, Rupert "Roop" Marshall. The pair's relationship is complicated by their poverty, the restrictions of the welfare system and the hostility of her children, particularly eldest son Charles, who believes that Roop will leave their mother just like her previous husbands had.
|author||Lester Pine Tina Pine|
|editor||Louis San Andres|
|keywords||african americans child support date serve social welfare social worker teenage daughter unemployed walk wed welfare young man|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actress|
|productionCompany||Third World Cinema|
|publisher||20th Century Fox|
|recordedAt||New York City|
|theme||black blaxploitation romantic comedy|