True Identity

Synopsis: True Identity is a comedy about a black actor named Miles Pope who wants to play a part in Othello. After a plane ride home from a failed acting job Miles meets a producer named Leland Carver who slips out his mob identity when the plane is about to crash but after all of that the plane does not crash. Now Miles is the only man who knows the past to this mob man. Miles gets the help of his best friend make-up artist Duane to turn him into a White man. As Miles is packing his stuff to get out of town, the hitman walks in and a struggle is in affect. Miles wins the fight and kills the hitman in an electrical fashion. Now Anthony (Leland Carver's top man) comes in to confirm that Miles is dead. Now Miles is mistaken as the hitman. Now Miles must assume a parade of identity's to get away from the Mob's guns hot on his trail.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Charles Lane
Production: Touchstone Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

You know the five sweetest words

in the English language ?

No, sir.

Frank luchino,

you're under arrest.

- We have visual confirmation.

- Okay, here we go.

Come on, come on !

It's crunch time.

Let's go ! Come on !

I want you upstairs,

downstairs, everywhere.

Let's go.

Come on, get a move on.

[ Radio ]

Okay, bird one,

verify subject on board.

[ Helicopter ]

This is the FBI.

All personnel on deck.

[ Radio ]

We have positive I.D.

Luchino is alone.

Yes ! Come to daddy,


[ Radio ]

Roger, bird one.

Go to position two.

[ Helicopter ]

Roger. Securing marina now.

Oh, n--

oh, no !

Hey, I'm sorry

I'm a few bucks short.

Baby, didn't I tell you

to bring all my bread

'round to my crib ?

Miles !

Miles, Miles, Miles.

There's no reality here.

I just don't feel...

That you're being truthful

with your performance.

Could you explain

what didn't work ?

It's just that...

You're not black enough.

You need to be more


More Harlem-esque.

Harlem-esque ?


feel your roots !

Get down with

your bad self.

I'd love to get down with

my bad self, Mr. grunfeld,

but black people don't talk

like that anymore.

We definitely don't dress

like this !

I look like

"superfly goes hiking."

Never... argue

with the playwright.

Once more

and from the top.

And this time...

Funkier !

Yo, baby. I'm sorry

I'm a few bucks short.

Didn't I tell you to come by

my crib wit' my bread ?

I oughta pop you

upside the head.

That's it ! That's how

it was meant to be played.

Oh, Miles...

This is acting.

See you next week,


Take care, honey.

See you guys.


All my life I've been told

what I can and cannot do

but the world is turning

I've got some news for you

let my yes's be my yes's

my no's be my no's

through with straddling fences

gonna carry my own load

it's so simple

why can't they see

I'm no better than you

you're no better than me

ain't gonna walk that line

no compromise

I've seen the truth and

I've got nothing to lose

ain't gonna walk that line

no compromise

I've seen the truth and

the truth has cut me loose

- bravo !

- Marvelous !

[ Honking ]

Miles !

What's going on ?

How you doin' ?

All right.

How you doin' ?

I'm all right.

Miles, how you doin',

good-looking ?


Nice hat.


Yo, Duane.

Duane !


Duane !

Quit shoutin'.

Duane's busy.

I guess he is.

You must be susie.

Who the hell is susie ?

My name is Ruth !

That's what I meant,


Duane spriggs, get your

skinny butt out here.

Who the hell is susie ?

Hey, hey ?

Keep it down.

I'm trying to watch Oprah.

Martha, you look like

you've been gettin'

too much beauty sleep.

Don't you try to

sweet-talk me, Miles pope.

If you don't stop

that noise,

I'm gonna put you to sleep

and it won't be beautiful.

Mmm-mmm !

Duane !

Wait !

Wait a minute.

She meant nothing to me.

I don't care, Duane.

She meant less than nothing.

I don't care !

It's over.

[ Miles ]

Excuse me,

can I get by ?

If that was Ruth,

who the hell --

what happened to susie ?

Susie walked out on me...

When you called her Kate.

Remember ?

Oh, yeah.

What have you got

against my love life ?

You always do this shit.

It's hard. It would take

an Einstein to keep up.

You ruined my afternoon.

Did you see that woman ?

She was gorgeous, man !

She was a giant,

is what she was, man.

You're sheep !

You and all the guys

who think like you.

You like these skinny women

with no curves.

Me, on the other hand,

I'm like rubens,

like titian --

Jesus, Duane,

what the hell is that ?

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Andy Breckman

Andrew Ross "Andy" Breckman (born March 3, 1955) is an American television and film writer and a radio personality on WFMU. He is the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series Monk on the USA Network, and is co-host of WFMU radio's long-running conceptual comedy program Seven Second Delay. He has written screenplays for a number of comedy films including Sgt. Bilko (starring Steve Martin) and Rat Race (directed by Jerry Zucker), and is frequently hired as a "script doctor" to inject humorous content into scripts written by other screenwriters. His production bio at USA Network says, "He has trouble making friends." more…

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