New York Times - 05/28/1993
"...Features charming, well-matched and even subtle performances from its two principal stars....Funny, disarming and believable..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/28/1993
"...Surprisingly effective....MADE IN AMERICA becomes actually heartwarming..."
17 years after a black woman is artificially inseminated with an anonymous donor's sperm, her daughter tries to find the man who is her father -- only to find out he is a ridiculous white redneck.
Sarah is an African-American single parent raising Zora, a bright high-schooler. When Zora discovers that her mom conceived her through artificial insemination, Zora sets out to discover her father's identity. However, Zora is stunned, and Sarah is alarmed, when the sperm donor turns out to be a very shallow, smarmy, fast-talking car dealer named Hal Jackson -- who's white! Zora wants to get to know her dad better; unfortunately her mother and Hal mix worse than oil and water. But as Sarah and Hal come to accept each other's race and their situation, they begin to see one another in a new light.
Shot in Oakland, California in DeLuxe color, Panavision equipment, prints by Technicolor, Dolby Spectral Recording.
Stand-Ins: Candace Crump (for Whoopi Goldberg) and Michael Sax (for Ted Danson).
Elephants owned and trained by Gary and Kari Johnson.
Animals supplied and trained by Steve Martin's Working Wildlife.
Titles and opticals by Pacific Title.
After choreographer Lester Wilson's credit at the end of the film is the inscription "In Loving Memory."
The soundtrack of the film is available on Elektra Entertainment CD and cassette.
"Made in America" courtesy of Street Knowledge, Inc.
"Stand" courtesy of Third Stone Records/Atlantic Recording Corporation.
"Go Away" courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Music Licensing.
"Dance or Die" courtesy of Zamba Enterprises, Inc.
"Wild Thing" courtesy of EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" courtesy of Capitol Records.
"Voromby" courtesy of Shanachie Entertainment.
"Ngoma Ra Mrongo" courtesy of Elektra Nonesuch.
"If You Need a Miracle" courtesy of Ichibon Records.
"Smoke on the Water" courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. (USA)/EMI Records (UK). The British rock group Deep Purple are: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillian, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
"Does He Do It Good" courtesy of Elektra Entertainment.
The song "Rebound" was written and performed by Gen.
Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.