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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

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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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Forest Whitaker

Writers:

Terry McMillan (novel), Terry McMillan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Houston ... Savannah Jackson
Angela Bassett ... Bernadine Harris
Loretta Devine ... Gloria Matthews
Lela Rochon ... Robin Stokes
Gregory Hines ... Marvin King
Dennis Haysbert ... Kenneth Dawkins
Mykelti Williamson ... Troy
Michael Beach ... John Harris, Sr.
Leon ... Russell
Wendell Pierce ... Michael Davenport
Donald Faison ... Tarik Matthews
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Lionel
Jazz Raycole ... Onika Harris
Brandon Hammond ... John Harris, Jr.
Kenya Moore ... Denise
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Où sont les hommes? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,126,927, 25 December 1995

Gross USA:

$67,052,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,452,156
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the car burning scene, Angela Bassett's monologue was completely improvised. See more »

Goofs

When Robin is in bed with Michael, she takes off her underwear and then when he goes to put the condom on, but a minute later her underwear is still on. See more »

Quotes

Bernadine Harris: The worst thing is that he made me move out here where my children are in school with only one other black kid so they won't be improperly influenced. Well, guess what John, YOU'RE the motherfuckin' improper influence! Get your shit! Get your shit! And, get out!
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Connections

Referenced in Murphy Brown: Waiting to Inhale (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is How It Works
Performed by TLC
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes (as Lisa Lopes)
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
TLC appears courtesy of LaFace Records and Pebbitone, Inc.
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Mediocre film about jealous, spiteful women
22 December 2000 | by jruwaldtSee all my reviews

I did not find this film to be particularly enjoyable. I haven't read the book, so I don't know how they compare. However, the film didn't seem to have anything that appealed to me. It appears to be about a group of women who become bitter and spiteful when their husbands leave them. Then they sit around talking about how all men are terrible. While one can sympathize with the women for being upset, they quickly become extremely unsympathetic. The whole point of their conversations seems to be that women are superior to men, because a woman would never do such evil things. Additionally, the main focus of their concern seems to be that the men have left them for white women. I thought these ideas of racial purity went out with the civil rights movement. One almost senses that they wouldn't have minded so much if they'd been replaced by other black women. I was also irritated by the one woman's burning her husband's possessions after he left her. I realize she's angry about the whole situation, but that destruction is very childish. Her first thought was probably to burn him, but she felt that burning his things would be better, particularly since he'd be alive to suffer.

I was generally disappointed by the film and frustrated by the characters. I would never have considered it to be a comedy, although I'm sure I would have liked it better if it had been funnier, since that would have softened the impact of the unappealingly bitter and spiteful nature of the women. As it was, however, the film did nothing but irritate me.


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