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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

Carrie Fisher was an uncredited script doctor on the film. See more »

Goofs

Placement of fruit in bowl during the love scene. The fruit is kicked out by Sarah's foot, then is neatly back in place moments later. See more »

Quotes

Hal Jackson: [trying on a rhinestone cowboy costume] I look like my mother.
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Connections

References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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Mysterious Island
By Mickey Hart, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim and Jeff Sterling
Performed by Planet Drum
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another good idea squandered by a weak script
3 June 2003 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

An intelligent, black teenage girl is shocked to discover from her strong, independent mother that she was the product of artificial insemination. Determined to track her biological father down, she looks up the records to find that not only is he a white man, but he's also an obnoxious and pompous car salesman. Naturally, complications ensue when her mother makes it clear that she requested a black donor. Cast is talented and enthusiastic, setup is very clever and has the makings of a really enjoyable comedy, but unfortunately they're wasted on a sorry script that repeatedly resorts to dumb, sitcom-style humor. A real shame. **


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