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O Clone
Genre Telenovela
Created by Glória Pérez
Written by Glória Pérez
Directed by Teresa Lampreia
Marcelo Travesso
Starring Murilo Benício
Giovanna Antonelli
Vera Fischer
Reginaldo Faria
Adriana Lessa
and more
Opening theme Sob o Sol
Country of origin  Brazil
Language(s) Portuguese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 221
Location(s) Rio de Janeiro
Cinematography Jayme Monjardim
Mário Márcio Bandarra
Marcos Schechtmann
Running time 50 minutes
Original channel Rede Globo
Original run October 1, 2001 – June 14, 2002

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 Muslim girl is 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 genetics 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. Deusa, a low-middle class woman who has not been able to give birth, was inseminated with Lucas' clone, and gave birth to a 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. Due to a 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 know 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 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 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.


Main cast

  • Reginaldo Faria - Leônidas Ferraz
  • Stênio García - Ali
  • Dalton Vigh - Said
  • Daniela Escobar - Maysa
  • Adriana Lessa - Deusa
  • Nívea María - Edna
  • Antônio Calloni - Mohamed
  • 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
  • Mara Manzan - Odete
  • Roberto Bomfim - Edvaldo
  • Totia Meirelles - Laurinda
  • Eri Johnson - Ligeiro
  • Guilherme Karam - Raposão
  • Thiago Fragoso - Nando
  • Viviane Victorete - Regininha
  • Thaís Fersoza - Telminha
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Pele (Edison Arantes do Nascimento)- As himself*

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.[1]

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.

See also


  1. ^ *The Brazilian Telenovela El Clon: An Analysis of Viewers' Online Vicarious and Virtual Learning Experiences, doctoral dissertation on the program, Elizabeth Barbosa

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