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O Clone

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


In early 1980s, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jade (Giovanna Antonelli), a young muslima girl gets orphaned and has to go back to Morocco where the rest of her family lives. The problem is that Jade, living in a country with a culture so different from Islam put her religion aside. There, she must adjust to the new way of living, with all the punishment she will be exposed to.

Back in Rio, a well-positioned family, the Ferras, go to vacation in Morocco. Twin brothers Lucas and Diogo Ferras (Murilo Benício), along with Leonidas (Reginaldo Faria) their father, and doctor Augusto Albieri, friend of the family and scientist visit Alí, a friend of Albieri's. There, Lucas and Jade meet, and they fall in love. Jade, knowing it's haraam (sin) to love Lucas, puts her new passion in first place; knowing she will be forced to marry a stranger, makes plans to run away with Lucas, but he will have problems of his own. In Rio, Diogo has an accident in his helicopter and dies. Both Lucas and Leonidas are devastated by the news and his plans of running away with Jade get ruined. But who is mostly devastated with Diogo's death is Albieri, his godparent.

He and Diogo were so close that he decided to (with a cell of Lucas) make the very first human clone, and Deusa, a low-middle class woman who has not been able to give birth, was accidentally inseminated with the clone of Diogo,and will be giving to birth to this human, not knowing it's a clone. Léo is born without complications, but Albieri wants to stay close to Léo and watch him grow, causing Léo to become fascinated with the doctor, leaving Deusa very angry. The story comes to present, with Jade married to Said (Dalton Vigh) and mother of a little child, Khadija. She lives happily with her new family and is even starting to care about Said. With her new encounter with Lucas, the old passion revives, but they're not the young lovers they 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 even imagine he was cloned 20 years ago, since Albieri has kept this secret far from everybody, trying to make it so Léo and Lucas never meet and thus find 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, with Léo as a young, handsome man, the living image of the young Lucas Jade met in Morocco will change the life of all the characters of this telenovela forever.


O Clone aired in Brazil comprising of 221 episodes, of changeable duration. However, when syndicated and sold to other countries the telenovela got the number of episodes enlarged to 250 and the duration stated to 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 beetween 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 Latin 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.


Murilo Benício - Lucas / Léo /Diogo

Giovanna Antonelli - Jade

Juca da Oliveira - Augusto Albieri

Reginaldo Faria - Leônidas Ferraz

Vera Fischer - Yvete

Stênio García - Ali

Dalton Vigh - Said

Daniela Escobar - Maysa

Adriana Lessa - Deusa

Nívea María - Edna

Antônio Calloni - Mohamed

Letícia Sabatella - Latiffa

Eliane Giardini - Nazira

Débora Falabella - Mel

Marcelo Novaes - Xande

Solange Couto - Dona Jura

Neuza Borges - Dalva

Jandira Martini - Zoraide

Cristiana Oliveira - Alicinha

Cissa Guimarães - Clarisse

Marcos Frota - Escobar

Osmar Prado - Lobato

Victor Fasano - Tavinho

Beth Goulart - Lidiane

Luciano Szafir - Zein

Nívea Stelmann - Ranya

Raul Gazolla - Miro

Juliana Paes - Karla

Mara Manzan - Odete

Roberto Bomfim - Edvaldo

Totia Meirelles - Laurinda

Eri Johnson - Ligeiro

Guilherme Karam - Raposão

Thiago Fragoso - Nando

Viviane Victorete - Regininha

Thaís Fersoza - Telminha

Sérgio Marone - Cecéu

Maria João - Amália

Myrian Rios - Anita

Francisco Couco - Father Matiolli

Murilo Grossi - Júlio

Françoise Forton - Simone

Thalma de Freitas - Carol

Elizângela - Noêmia

Perry Salles - Mustafá

Sebastião Vasconcelos - Abdul

Carla Diaz - Khadija

Stephany Brito - Samira

Thiago de Oliveira - Amin

Sílvio Guindane - Basílio

Christiana Kalache - Aninha

Antônio Pitanga - Tião

Ruth de Souza - Dona Mocinha

Léa Garcia - Lola

Andressa Koetz - Soninha

Ingra Liberato - Amina

Jayme Periard - Rogê

Marcelo Brou - Pitoco

Francyele Freduzesky - Beta

Eduardo Canuto - Gasolina

Paula Pereira - Creuza

Eduardo Martini - Cotia

Carolina Macieira - Sumaya

Yuri Xavier - Zé Roberto

Luã Ubacker - Duda

Aimée Ubacker - Aimée

Karinma El Maatovi - Karima

Ahmed El Maatovi - Ahmed

Michele Franco - Michele

Haylton Farias Da Silva - Haylton

Nóris Barth - Tetê

Rosimar de Melo - Lurdes

Fabiana Alvarez - Zuleika

Gustavo Ottoni - Detective Ramos

Milena Paula - Milena

special appearances in first part

Walderez de Barros - Sálua

Eloísa Mafalda - Sálua's neighbour

Paulo Betto - Armando

Nuno Leal Maia - Jorge Luís

Mário Lago - Dr. Molina

Beatriz Segall - Miss Penélope Brown

Tânia Alves - Norma

Cássia Linhares - Elba

Karina Bacchi - Muna

João Carlos Barroso - Severino (Edvaldo's friend)

Samara Felippo - Diogo / Lucas's girlfriend

Pedro Cravo - Diogo / Lucas (child)

Victor Coluga - Diogo / Lucas / Léo (kid)

special appearances in second part

Silvia Pfeifer - Cinira

Fábio Junqueira - Chuvas

Alessandro Safina - (as himself)

Sérgio Mamberti - Dr. Vilela

Joana Fomm - Dr. Cecília

Tácito Rocha - judge

Jonas Bloch - lawyer in the Tavinho and Karla case

Roberto Pirillo - lawyer in the Tavinho and Karla case

Carla Regina - Dora (Xande's girlfriend)

Luiz Nicolau - drug dealer

Gustavo Moraes - Clarice's young boyfriend

Clemente Viscaíno - Mel's doctor

Tadeu Di Prieto - Mel's doctor

special appearances in last episodes

Tony Ramos - Maysa's new boyfriend

Humberto Martins - Aurélio (ex de Alicinha)

Danielle Winits - Shirley (Escobar's new girlfriend)

Henrique Pagnocellis - José Victor (Alicinha's new boss)

Cynthia Falabella - Monique (Lobato's daughter) *

Caio Junqueira - Pedrinho (Lobato's son)

Ali's wives

Zeina Abdou

Vanda Assaf Travasssos

Mônica Brahim

  • Cynthia Falabella is sister of Débora Falabella (the actress who plays Mel). In earlier episodes, Débora got sick and Cynthia replaced her.


Portrayal of Muslims

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

The part of the program 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.

In addition to sources from the print media, Barbosa presents several messages from online forums that she analyzed for her study. Messages from viewers asserting Arab-Muslim descent made such comments as, "I'm Moroccan. And i do HATE the way they portray the culture and everything sometimes ... Numerous people have asked me silly questions about Morocco because they believe the novela word for word ... ."

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