O Clone

O Clone
O Clone
El Clon
Genre Telenovela
Created by Glória Perez
Written by Glória Perez
Directed by Teresa Lampreia
Marcelo Travesso
Starring Murilo Benício
Giovanna Antonelli
Vera Fischer
Eliane Giardini
Dalton Vigh
Daniela Escobar
Adriana Lessa
Juca de Oliveira
Stênio Garcia
Nívea Maria
Jandira Martini
Cristiana Oliveira
Letícia Sabatella
Neuza Borges
Débora Falabella
Opening theme Sob o Sol
Ending theme A Miragem
Composer(s) Marcus Viana
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
Preceded by Porto dos Milagres
Followed by Esperança

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



In the early 1980s, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jade (Giovanna Antonelli), a young Muslim girl is orphaned 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 Islam, that taught her to put her religion aside. But once she arrives in Morocco, she must learn the way of her Islamic religion, 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-positioned 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, friend of the family and genetics 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 put her love first, despite her religious beliefs; also, despite knowing that she will be forced to marry a stranger, Jade makes plans to run away with Lucas, but he has problems of his own. In Rio, Diogo has an accident with his helicopter and dies. Both Lucas and Leônidas are devastated by the news and Lucas' plans of running away with Jade get ruined. But who is most 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 get pregnant, was inseminated with Lucas' clone, and gave birth to a baby, not knowing that it was 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 Saíd (Dalton Vigh) and mother of a little child, Khadija. She lives happily with her new family and is even starting to care about 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 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.

Remake in Spanish

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.[1]


Main cast

  • Murilo Benício - Lucas Ferraz, Léo (The Clone) and Diogo Ferraz (twin of Lucas and dead at the age of 18)
  • Giovanna Antonelli - Jade Rachid
  • Juca da Oliveira - Augusto Albieri
  • Stênio García - Ali
  • Dalton Vigh - Saíd
  • Daniela Escobar - Maysa Ferraz
  • Eliane Giardini - Nazira
  • Reginaldo Faria - Leônidas Ferraz
  • Vera Fischer - Yvete
  • Neuza Borges - Dalva
  • Jandira Martini - Zoraide
  • Nívea Maria - Edna Albieri
  • Adriana Lessa - Deusa da Silva
  • Antônio Calloni - Mohamed
  • Letícia Sabatella - Latiffa Rachid
  • Cristiana Oliveira - Alicinha
  • Débora Falabella - Mel Ferraz
  • Marcelo Novaes - Xande
  • Luciano Szafir - Zein
  • Solange Couto - Dona Jura
  • Cissa Guimarães - Clarisse
  • Marcos Frota - Escobar
  • Osmar Prado - Lobato
  • Victor Fasano - Tavinho
  • Beth Goulart - Lidiane Valverde
  • Nívea Stelmann - Ranya Rachid
  • Raul Gazolla - Miro
  • Juliana Paes - Karla
  • Mara Manzan - Odete
  • Roberto Bomfim - Edvaldo
  • Totia Meirelles - Laurinda
  • Eri Johnson - Ligeiro
  • Guilherme Karam - Raposão
  • Thiago Fragoso - Nando
  • Thaís Fersoza - Telminha
  • Sérgio Marone - Cecéu
  • Viviane Victorete - Regininha
  • Maria João - Amália
  • Myrian Rios - Anita
  • Francisco Cuoco - Father Matiolli
  • Murilo Grossi - Júlio
  • Françoise Forton - Simone
  • Thalma de Freitas - Carol
  • Elizângela - Noêmia
  • Perry Salles - Mustafá
  • Sebastião Vasconcelos - Abdul
  • Carla Diaz - Khadija Rachid
  • Stephany Brito - Samira
  • Thiago 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 the first part

  • Walderez de Barros - Sálua
  • Eloísa Mafalda - Sálua's neighbour
  • Paulo Betti - 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 Pfeiffer - 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)
  • Pelé (Édson Arantes do Nascimento)- As himself *
  • Michael Bolton- As himself (Singing in Nefertiti)

Ali's wives

  • Zeina Abdou
  • Vanda Assaf Travasssos
  • Mônica Brahim

The replacement of Débora Falabella

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.[2]

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[citation needed].

In addition to sources from the print media, Barbosa presents several messages from online forums[which?] that she analyzed for her study.

Broadscast International

Azerbaijan - Lider TV - Klon


External links

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