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True Identity (1991)

R | | Comedy | 23 August 1991 (USA)
In order to escape from the mob, an African-American man must disguise himself as a white man.

Director:

Charles Lane

Writer:

Andy Breckman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lenny Henry ... Miles Pope
Frank Langella ... Leland Carver
Charles Lane ... Duane
J.T. Walsh ... Houston
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Kristi
Andreas Katsulas ... Anthony
Michael McKean ... Harvey Cooper
Peggy Lipton ... Rita
Bill Raymond ... Grunfeld
James Earl Jones ... Himself
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Tyler
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Frank LaMotta (as Chris Latta)
Melvin Van Peebles ... Taxi Driver
Ruth Brown Ruth Brown ... Martha
Fantasia Owens Fantasia Owens ... Ruth
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Storyline

True Identity is a comedy about a black actor named Miles Pope who wants to play a part in Othello. After a plane ride home from a failed acting job Miles meets a producer named Leland Carver who slips out his mob identity when the plane is about to crash but after all of that the plane does not crash. Now Miles is the only man who knows the past to this mob man. Miles gets the help of his best friend make-up artist Duane to turn him into a White man. As Miles is packing his stuff to get out of town, the hitman walks in and a struggle is in affect. Miles wins the fight and kills the hitman in an electrical fashion. Now Anthony (Leland Carver's top man) comes in to confirm that Miles is dead. Now Miles is mistaken as the hitman. Now Miles must assume a parade of identity's to get away from the Mob's guns hot on his trail. Written by D.B. Dickerson <dbdiii@juno.com>

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Ever since the mob's been after him... Miles Pope hasn't been himself!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cambio d'identità See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,541,581, 25 August 1991

Gross USA:

$4,693,236

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,693,236
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was designed as a vehicle for Lenny Henry as part of a 3-picture deal the actor signed with the Walt Disney Company, which thought that he had the potential to be a big star in the United States. When this film flopped at the box office, Henry's deal with Disney was canceled, and the other films were never made. See more »

Quotes

Miles Pope: Yo, Frankie, when you get to jail, you might want to talk to some of the brothers on your views of racial equality.
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Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 27 August 1991 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Get a Little Stupid
Written by Mike-Mike, Jay McGowan and C.C. Orange
Performed by The Chill Deal Boyz
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Laugh with Lenny
24 October 2010 | by bartireidSee all my reviews

The comedic verve of Lenny Henry has flourished on both stage and television over 35 years for one of Britain's most loved entertainment personalities. However Dudley's finest son has never managed to translate his talent on to the big screen with much success. One of Lenworth's few attempts to break into Hollywood came in the 1991 release True Identity.

True Identity is a Comedy/Crime effort that owes much of it's scope and design to Beverly Hills Cop (1984), which will generate comparisons for those who have seen White Chicks (2004). Henry plays a struggling actor who involuntarily ends up on the Hit List of a want away Mafia crime boss played expertly by Frank Langella. To avoid assassination Henry utilises the make-up prowess of a neighbour to turn himself into a white man, whilst teaming up with burned out FBI agent Houston (JT Walsh).

Lets get something True Identity isn't the greatest work you'll ever see, but somehow the film kind of pulls off something worth watching, Henry's talent is obvious and with help from the supporting cast manages to get mileage out of the gags that do work, and the film delivers it's message while hovering around some potentially sensitive themes without ever taking itself too seriously.


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