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Made in America (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 May 1993 (USA)
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A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

Marcia Brandwynne (story), Nadine Schiff (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Sarah Mathews
Ted Danson ... Hal Jackson
Will Smith ... Tea Cake Walters
Nia Long ... Zora Mathews
Paul Rodriguez ... Jose
Jennifer Tilly ... Stacy
Peggy Rea ... Alberta
Clyde Kusatsu ... Bob Takashima
David Bowe ... Teddy
Jeff Joseph ... James
Rawley Valverde Rawley Valverde ... Diego
Fred Mancuso ... Bruce
Charlene Fernetz ... Paula
Shawn Levy ... Dwayne
Lu Leonard Lu Leonard ... Sperm Bank Nurse
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Storyline

In the Bay Area, widowed Sarah Mathews and her high school senior daughter Zora Mathews are intellectuals who embrace their African roots, Sarah who owns and operates a store all things African called African Queen. Despite often fighting, they truly do love each other. That love is why Sarah would rather Zora attend Berkeley for her freshman year than science prodigy Zora's first choice of M.I.T. on the other side of the country. Caught in a lie, Sarah is forced to admit to Zora that her husband Charlie, who died before Zora was born and who was the love of her life, is not Zora's biological father as Zora has always believed, but that she was conceived via artificial insemination using anonymous sperm from a sperm bank. Determined to have a man in her life she can truly call a "Dad" all her own, Zora, with the help of her longtime best friend Tea Cake Walton, is able to break into the sperm bank's computerized records to find the donor's information, including his name: Hal Jackson.... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

At the sperm-bank she asked for a tall, intelligent, black man. One out of three ain't bad.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genesis See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,821,326, 31 May 1993

Gross USA:

$44,942,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,942,695
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The African Craft Shop is in the same street as a cinema advertising "A Paula Prentiss Retrospective". Prentiss is the wife of director Richard Benjamin. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double when the bear attacks Hal during the commercial shoot. See more »

Quotes

Hal Jackson: Great advertising idea, lock the customers in 'till they buy something. I wonder if that would work with trucks?
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Connections

References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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Dance or Die
Written by Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jeff Townes) and Victor E. Cooke
Performed by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Produced by Victor E. Cook and DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Jeff Townes)
Courtesy of Zomba Enterprises Inc.
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Watchable and sometimes charming comedy
16 July 2003 | by mark1504See all my reviews

The movie seems to work better than the premise might suggest. The three leads - Goldberg, Danson and Nia Long, have a nice chemistry between them. Nia Long being particularly lovable as 'their' daughter. There are some good gags in it, although the movie is not overstuffed with them. The decent, heartwarming plot (just the right amount of twists) handles the race aspects with an exemplary ease.

Jennifer Tilly's bit-part was funnier and more successful than Will Smith's.

Made in America is hardly a classic but is worth watching if you like a little maturity in your comedy.


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