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Director  Charles Lane
Screenplay  Andy Breckman
Duration  
Country  United States
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Producer  Howard Rosenman
Writer  Andy Breckman
Language  English
True Identity movie poster

Release date  August 23, 1991 (1991-08-23)
Cast  Lenny Henry (Miles Pope), Frank Langella (Leland Carver), Anne-Marie Johnson (Kristi), James Earl Jones (Himself), Peggy Lipton (Rita), Melvin Van Peebles (Taxi Driver)
Similar movies  Hitman: Agent 47, John Wick, The Last Witch Hunter, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, A Walk Among the Tombstones
Tagline  Ever since the mob's been after him...Miles Pope hasn't been himself!

True identity


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

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True identity 1993 trailer


Plot

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.

Cast

  • Lenny Henry as Miles Pope
  • Frank Langella as Leland Carver
  • Anne-Marie Johnson as Kristi
  • James Earl Jones as Himself
  • Charles Lane as Duane
  • Peggy Lipton as Rita
  • Melvin Van Peebles as Taxi Driver
  • J. T. Walsh as Houston
  • Andreas Katsulas as Anthony
  • Austin Pendleton as Othello's Director
  • Reception

    The film received mediocre reviews. 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". 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." The film was not a box office success.

    References

    True Identity Wikipedia
    True Identity IMDb True Identity themoviedb.org