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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

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This story based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their very lives. Friendship becomes the strongest bond between these women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles the modern women face in today's world. Written by David Adrine <hdadrine@hotmail.com>

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Friends are the people who let you be yourself... and never let you forget it.

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Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

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4 Mulheres Apaixonadas  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$67,052,156 (USA)
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Forest Whitaker stated in an interview with Ebony Magazine that Robin Givens and Halle Berry were among the women who auditioned for the role of Robin. After casting Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston, he decided to go with relative unknowns for the other two roles, and the role of Robin was subsequently given to Lela Rochon. See more »

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Vannah's necklace is outside then inside then outside of her top at Glo's birthday party. See more »

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Michael Davenport: [after the awkward sex scene] I knew you were going to be somebody special. How do you feel?
Robin Stokes: About what?
Michael Davenport: Me... uh, this... uh, everything. Tell me what you want. What do you need because whatever it is, I'm gonna see that you have it.
[He sits up]
Michael Davenport: What's your fantasy? I mean, what do you want from a man?
Robin Stokes: Everything.
Michael Davenport: Could you be more specific?
Robin Stokes: [she sits up] I want to have a house in Scottsdale.
Michael Davenport: I own a house. In Scottsdale. What else?
Robin Stokes: I want to get married. And I want to have kids- two, maybe ...
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Whitney ruined the great potential
26 August 2001 | by (Bronx) – See all my reviews

Angela Basset was good as expected, but Whitney has no Range as an actress. The screenplay also neglected to portray, on film, the greatness of this novel. Instead of promoting sisterhood, they emphasized the canine-qualities of men. Read the book; rent Soul Food instead!


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