True Identity

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

True Identity is a 1991 American comedy film directed by Charles Lane and starring Lenny Henry, Frank Langella and Anne-Marie Johnson.[1] The plot revolves around a black man (British comedy actor Henry), who disguises himself as a white man to escape the mob.


Lenny Henry plays some dude who pretends to be a white guy who is on the run from the mob.



The film received mediocre reviews.[3][4] 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".[5] 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."[6]

Box office[edit]

The film was not a box office success.[7]


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