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True Identity is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Charles Lane and starring Lenny Henry, Frank Langella and Anne-Marie Johnson.[2] The plot revolves around a black man (British actor Henry), who disguises himself as a white man to escape the mob.

True Identity
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Directed by Charles Lane
Produced by Carol Baum
Teri Schwartz
Written by Andy Breckman
Starring
Music by Marc Marder
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Edited by Kent Beyda
Production
company
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • August 23, 1991 (1991-08-23)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million
Box office $4,693,236 (USA)[1]

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PlotEdit

A struggling black actor named Miles Pope is on a plane ride home from a failed acting audition. Miles meets a producer named Leland Carver who accidentally reveals his mafia ties when he believes that their plane is about to crash. However, the plane does not crash and Miles is the only man who knows Leland's past. To escape, Miles persuades his makeup artist friend Duane to transform him into a Caucasian male.

As Miles is packing his bags to get out of town, a hitman walks in and a struggle ensues. Miles kills the hitman, but through a comedy of errors he is mistaken for the hitman. Miles must assume a parade of identities to stay one step ahead of the mafia on his trail.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

The film received mediocre reviews.[4][5] Caryn James of The New York Times said that Lane's direction was "tame and conventional" and that although Henry had "obvious" talent, "True Identity doesn't take enough advantage of it".[6] Lenny Henry commented on film retrospectively in 2010: "When I went to America to do True Identity in 1991, I realised they had their own Richard Pryor, they didn’t need me pretending to be Richard Pryor, so I had a massive career rethink."[7] The film was not a box office success.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ True Identity at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Making a Serious Comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  3. ^ "Lenny Henry --The Man in the Irony Mask : Movies: The British comedian finds the transition from black to white for his role in 'True Identity' an illuminating experience". The Los Angeles Times. 1991-08-24. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  4. ^ "True Identity". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  5. ^ Turan, Kenneth (1991-08-23). "Movie Review : A Mistaken 'Identity' From Lane". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  6. ^ James, Caryn (1991-08-23). "Review/Film; A British Comedian Abroad, in 'True Identity'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  7. ^ "Lenny Henry interview". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
  8. ^ Fox, David J. (1991-08-27). "Weekend Box Office : List-Toppers Are Listless". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-14.

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