O Clone

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O Clone
O Clone intertitle.jpg
Created byGlória Perez
Written byGlória Perez
Directed byJayme Monjardim
StarringMurilo Benício
Giovanna Antonelli
Juca de Oliveira
Adriana Lessa
Vera Fischer
Reginaldo Faria
Daniela Escobar
Dalton Vigh
Stênio Garcia
Jandira Martini
Eliane Giardini
Nívea Maria
Cristiana Oliveira
Letícia Sabatella
Antonio Calloni
Neuza Borges
Débora Falabella
Marcello Novaes
Nívea Stelmann
Theme music composerSagrado Coração da Terra
Opening theme"Sob o Sol" by Sagrado Coração da Terra[1]
Country of originBrazil
Original language(s)Portuguese
No. of episodes221 (original run)
250 (international)
Production location(s)Rio de Janeiro
CinematographyJayme Monjardim
Mário Márcio Bandarra
Marcos Schechtmann
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time50 minutes
Original networkRede Globo
Original release1 October 2001 –
14 June 2002
Preceded byPorto dos Milagres
Followed byEsperança
Related showsEl clon (2010)

O Clone (Portuguese for The Clone) is a Brazilian telenovela that ran on the Rede Globo from 1 October 2001 to 14 June 2002, airing 221 episodes.

Starring Giovanna Antonelli, Murilo Benício, Adriana Lessa, Juca de Oliveira, Eliane Giardini, Stênio Garcia, Letícia Sabatella, Antônio Calloni, Débora Falabella, Marcello Novaes, Dalton Vigh, Daniela Escobar, Reginaldo Faria and Vera Fischer.


In the early 1980s, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jade (Giovanna Antonelli), a young Muslim girl is orphaned when her mother dies and has to go to Morocco where her uncle Alí lives. The problem is that Jade was living in a country with a culture very different from that of an Islamic country. Thus, once she arrives in Morocco, she must learn all concomitant new traditions and customs, adjust to her new way of living, and face all the punishments she will be exposed to because of her conflicting personality and actions that go against her religion.

Back in Rio, a well-off family, the Ferraz, go to vacation in Morocco. Twin brothers Lucas and Diogo Ferraz (Murilo Benício), along with Leônidas (Reginaldo Faria), their father, and doctor Augusto Albieri (Juca de Oliveira), friend of the family and the twins Godfather who is a genetic scientist, visit Alí, a friend of Albieri's. There, Lucas and Jade meet for the first time, and they fall in love at first sight. Jade, knowing it's haraam (a sin) to love Lucas, decides to forgo her religious mandates for the sake of love, which prohibit her from marrying a non-religious person. Meanwhile, in Rio, Diogo tragically dies in a helicopter crash. Both Lucas and Leônidas are devastated by the news and Lucas' plans of running away with Jade are subsequently ruined. Albieri, his godparent, is shattered and becomes deeply despondent. He never recovered fully from the death of his fiancée, and Diogo's death reinvigorates his distress.

In an effort to change the natural course of events, Albieri in his despair resolves to utilize Lucas' cell in order to make the first human clone. Deusa (Adriana Lessa), a low-middle class woman who has not been able to get pregnant, is subsequently inseminated with Lucas' cell, and as a result gives birth to a baby, not knowing that it is a clone. Léo is born without complications, but Albieri wants to stay close to Léo and watch him grow up. Léo gradually becomes attached to Albieri, thus making Deusa uneasy.

Several years have passed since Léo was born. Now, Jade is married to Saíd (Dalton Vigh) and she's a mother of a little child, Khadija (Carla Diaz). She lives happily with her new family and is even starting to love Saíd. However, due to Said's insecurities a new encounter with Lucas is forced upon her to test Jade's love for him, with this encounter the old passion revives, but they're not the young lovers they once were and now they have new lives and new responsibilities. Lucas, who also is married, to Maysa (Daniela Escobar) and with a daughter, Mel (Débora Falabella) doesn't know he had been cloned 20 years before. Albieri had kept this a secret from everybody's knowledge and is trying to make it so that Léo and Lucas never meet and thus find out the truth. The last thing Albieri knew from Léo is that he and Deusa went to the north of Brazil, but with the return of both, Léo has become a young, handsome man, and the living image of the young Lucas whom Jade met in Morocco. The appearance of Leo in Brazil and his later travels to Morocco will change the life of all the characters forever.


O Clone aired in Brazil comprising 221 episodes, of variable duration. However, when syndicated and sold to other countries the telenovela got the number of episodes enlarged to 250 and the duration fixed at 45 minutes. O Clone was a big hit, being aired in several countries all around the world. It was dubbed in several languages, with the Spanish version airing in the United States by Telemundo. There are also a few differences between the Brazilian soundtrack version and the syndicated one; some music was changed in order to make the people feel more identified, many Portuguese songs were changed to Hispanic American music when it aired to the Hispanics in the United States. See Soundtrack to see the list of music featured in the telenovela. Also, the Brazilian opening features the song "Sob o Sol" by Sagrado Coração da Terra, and the syndicated opening features the same video, but the music is replaced by "Maktub" by Marcus Viana.

Remake in Spanish[edit]

In January 2010, a remake in Spanish started to be recorded in Colombia. This remake is a production of Rede Globo and Telemundo and it was titled El Clon.[2]


Actor Character
Murilo Benício Lucas Ferraz
Diogo Ferraz
Edvaldo Leandro "Léo" Moura da Silva
Giovanna Antonelli Jade Rachid
Vera Fischer Yvete Simas Ferraz
Reginaldo Faria Leônidas Ferraz (Leãozinho)
Juca de Oliveira Augusto Albieri
Adriana Lessa Deusa da Silva
Dalton Vigh Said Rachid
Daniela Escobar Maysa Ferraz
Stênio Garcia Ali El Adib
Eliane Giardini Nazira Rachid
Letícia Sabatella Latiffa El Adib Rachid
Antônio Calloni Mohamed Rachid
Jandira Martini Zoraide
Nívea Maria Edna Albieri
Cristiana Oliveira Alicinha (Alice Maria Ferreira das Neves)
Débora Falabella/Cynthia Falabella Mel (Melissa Ferraz)
Marcello Novaes Xande (Alexandre Cordeiro)
Solange Couto Dona Jura Cordeiro
Osmar Prado Lobato
Cissa Guimarães Clarisse
Marcos Frota Escobar
Neuza Borges Dalva
Ruth de Souza Dona Mocinha da Silva
Victor Fasano Otávio Valverde (Tavinho)
Beth Goulart Lidiane Valverde
Luciano Szafir Zein
Nívea Stelmann Ranya Rachid
Thiago Fragoso Nando Escobar
Sthefany Brito Samira El Adib Rachid
Thaís Fersoza Telma Valverde (Telminha)
Sérgio Marone Maurício Valverde (Cecéu)
Elizângela Noêmia
Viviane Victorette Regina da Costa (Regininha)
Raul Gazolla Miro
Françoise Forton Simone
Juliana Paes Karla
Mara Manzan Odete
Roberto Bonfim Edvaldo
Carla Diaz Khadija Rachid
Perry Salles Mustafá Rachid
Sebastião Vasconcellos Tio Abdul Rachid
Thiago Oliveira Amin El Adib Rachid
Carolina Macieira Sumaya Rachid
Totia Meireles Laurinda Albuquerque
Guilherme Karan Raposão
Eri Johnson Ligeirinho
Myrian Rios Anita
Murilo Grossi Júlio
Thalma de Freitas Carol
Marcelo Brou Pitoco
Léa Garcia Lola da Silva
Francisco Cuoco Padre Matiolli
Tania Alves Norma
Sílvio Guindane Basílio
Christiana Kalache Aninha
Maria João Bastos Amália
Jayme Periard Rogê
Antônio Pitanga Tião
Ingra Liberato Amina
Michelle Franco Michelle
Milena Paula Milena
Eduardo Martini Cotia
Eduardo Canuto Gasolina
Luá Ubacker Duda
Aimée Ubacker Aimée
Andressa Koetz Soninha

The replacement of Débora Falabella[edit]

Portrayal of Muslims[edit]

While the telenovela's attention to issues of drug addiction won its creator an award, the portrayal of Arab-Muslim cultures has brought a critical response from different Arab-Muslim sources, according to a 2005 doctoral dissertation written about the program by Elizabeth Barbosa.[3]

The part of the telenovela dealing with Islamic customs and attitudes mixes traditions from diverse countries, rather than those of Morocco alone, and has been criticised for its inaccurate representation of these traditions, according to Barbosa. These criticisms include the portrayal of polygamy as commonly accepted in Morocco, women as rarely working outside the home or pursuing an advanced education, and women having only unimportant roles within the family. Critics making these judgments included sheik Abdelmalek Cherkaoui Ghazouani, the Moroccan ambassador to Brazil, who considered the high profile of these representations to merit his posting his criticisms directly on his embassy's website as part of a bulletin board.[citation needed]



Timeslot # Eps. Premiere Finale Position TV season Average viewership
Date Viewers
(in points)
Date Viewers
(in points)
1 October 2001
14 June 2002
62[5] #1 2001 - 2002 47[6]

In its premiere, O Cloneregistered a viewership rating of 47 points, peaking at 53 points.[4]

Its ever lowest recorded data in terms of viewership was on the New Year's Eve of 31 December 2001.

On the episode of the first between Lucas and his clone registered 56 points and 63 points peak, with 73% audience share.[7]

In its finale, O Clone registered a viewership rating of 62 points peaking at 68 and 77% audience share.[5]

O Clone registered a mean viewership rating of 47 points.[6]

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Local Title TV network(s) Airdate Weekly Schedule Timeslot
 Albania Kloni Top Channel 2004 - 2005 Monday to Friday 22:15
 Argentina El Clon Canal 13 / Magazine 2002-2003 Monday to Friday 19:00
21:00 and 14:30 (Replays)
 Armenia Կլոն Armenia TV
 Azerbaijan Klon Lider TV 2003-2004
 Bolivia Unitel
 Bosnia and Herzegovina TVSA
 Bulgaria Клонинг Nova Television
 Canada O Clone Omni Television 2003 Monday to Friday 16:00
 Chile El Clon Canal 13 2002-2003 Monday to Friday 14:30
2015 Monday to Friday 16:00
La Red 2005-2006 Monday to Friday 21:00
 Colombia El Clon Caracol TV
 Costa Rica El Clon Teletica
 Croatia RTL Televizija
 Dominican Republic El Clon Tele Antillas
 Ecuador El Clon Ecuavisa 2003 Monday to Friday 20:45
 Spain El Clon Televisión Canaria
 France Le Clone France Ô
 Georgia Imedi TV
 Hungary Zone Romantica
 Israel Viva
 Kosovo Kloni RTV21
 Lebanon LBC
 Mexico El Clon TV Azteca
 Nicaragua Televicentro
 North Macedonia Клон A1 TV
 Panama Telemetro
 Peru ATV 2003-2004
 Poland Zone Romantica
 Portugal SIC

RTP Internacional

 Puerto Rico Telemundo Puerto Rico
 Paraguay El Clon SNT Cerro Corá / Paravisión / Unicanal 2002-2003
Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday
 Romania Clona Acasă TV
 Russia Клон Channel One / Domashny
 Serbia Забрањена љубав / Zabranjena ljubav (English: Forbidden Love) BK / TV Košava
 Slovenia Klon POP TV
 Tunisia Nessma TV
 Turkey Aşkın Peşinde FOX TV
 Ukraine Клон 1+1 / Ukrayina TV 11.2004-11.2005 / 2006-2007 Monday to Friday (1+1) 18:30 (1+1)
 Uruguay El Clon Teledoce / VTV 2003
Monday to Friday 19:00
 United States El Clon Telemundo / Mun2
 Venezuela Televen


  1. ^ "Marcus Viana continua excêntrico" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. ^ Glória Perez talks about the remake of "O Clone" (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ *The Brazilian Telenovela El Clon: An Analysis of Viewers' Online Vicarious and Virtual Learning Experiences, doctoral dissertation on the program, Elizabeth Barbosa
  4. ^ a b Alessandro Soares (2 October 2001). "'O Clone' estréia com 47 pontos de audiência" (in Portuguese). Diário do Grande ABC. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Último capítulo de 'O Clone' bate recorde de audiência" (in Portuguese). Diário do Grande ABC. 15 June 2002. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b Feltrin, Ricardo (18 September 2008). "Ibope de novelas desaba na Globo; veja a queda" (in Portuguese). Uol Notícias. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  7. ^ Redação Folha Online (1 May 2002). "Encontro de Leo e Lucas rende picos de 63 pontos em "O Clone"" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. Retrieved 30 April 2016.

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