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African Americans in Film

Clara's Heart (1988)

Directed by Robert Mulligan. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan, Spalding Gray, Beverly Todd, Neil Patrick Harris. Clara Mayfield, a Jamaican housekeeper, enters the Harts' luxurious suburban Baltimore home as an interloper, but her unshakable dignity and bounteous humor act like sunshine on the tight bud of David's soul. He flowers under her care and even fashions his speech after hers. 108 min. ;

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Claudine (1985)

Directed by John Berry. Cast: James Earl Jones, DiahannCarroll, David Kruger. While struggling to support herself and hersix children in Harlem by working as a maid for a wealthy family,Claudine meets a charming garbage man, Roop. But although Roop issmitten with the lovely single mother, his own life trials make himslow to respond to her invitation to a lifetime of love. 92 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Cleopatra Jones (1973)

Directed by Jack Starrett. Cast: TamaraDobson, Bernie Casey, Shelley Winters.Classic blaxploitation potboilder. Abeautiful, tough drug enforcement agentintercedes when a menacing drug ringattempts to stage a retaliatory raid ona Los Angeles drug rehabilitationcenter. 89 min.
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Clockers (1995)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: HarveyKeitel, John Turturro, Mekhi Phifer,Isaiah Washington, Delroy Lindo, DavidKeith, Pee Wee Love, Regina Taylor. Twobrothers grow up together in the sameBrooklyn housing projects, but they areas opposite as good and evil. VictorDunham has a family, works two jobs andleads a respectable life. His19-year-old brother, Strike, hangs outwith his friends on a bench and sellscrack cocaine. Strike agrees to kill arival dealer as a favor to Rodney, theneighborhood drug kingpin, but when theman is murdered, it is Victor whoconfesses.

Coffy (1973)

Directed by Jack Hill. Cast: Pam Grier,Booker Bradshaw, Robert Doqui, WilliamElliott, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig. Coffy(Pam Grier) is a nurse turned avenger,becoming a one-woman, anti-drugvigilante who roots out the dealers who"turned on" her 11-year-old sister.This violent, sexy drama is a variationon urban vigilante flicks, where familymembers fight crime more effectivelythan the cops, and in much moreprovocative ways. 91 min. ;
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Collateral (2004)

Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, JadaPinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Irma P.Hall, Barry Shabaka Henley. Vincent is a cool, calculatingcontract killer at the top of his game. Max is a cabbie withbig dreams looking for his next fare. This fateful night, Maxbecomes Vincent's collateral, and will transport him on hisnext mission - one night, five stops, five hits and then aperfect getaway. Together, Vincent and Max find themselves in anon-stop race against time.

Coming to America (1988)

Directed by John Landis. Cast: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall,James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley.Murphy plays a very wealthy and pampered African prince whocomes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by hisclosest companion, Murphy quickly finds a job, new friends, newdigs, new enemies--and lots of trouble. 116 min.
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Cooley High (1975)

Directed by Michael Schultz. Cast:Glynn Turman, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs,Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis.Fun-loving and warm movie about highschool life in the 1960's. Preach, aserious-minded writer and Cochise, abasketball hero headed for college, arebest friends at Cooley High in Chicago.Together, they cut classes to go to thezoo, crash parties, put the hustle onsome hustlers, and dream of getting outof their impoverished, roughneighborhood. 107 min.
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Coonskin (1975)

Written and directed by Ralph Bakshi. This outrageous,original film about the status of blacks in America istold with live-action and animation vignettes, the bestof which are sly parodies of the stories from Disneyand Uncle Remus' Song of the South and Kim Basinger'sCool World. This allegorical tale follows the exploitsof a black rabbit who comes from the rural South to NewYork and ends up dealing drugs in Harlem. Released in1974, it was accused of being racist and withdrawn byits distributor within a week of its release. 90 min.

Corina Corina (1994)

Directed by Jessie Nelson. Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta,Tina Majorino, Wendy Crewson, Larry Miller, Joan Cusack, DonAmeche. A funny, heart-warming story of a newly widowed manstruggling to raise his little girl, and the woman who brings magicand laughter back into their lives when she comes to be theirhousekeeper. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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