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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.

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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)

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

Whitney Houston would go on to work with Angela Bassett's husband, Courtney B. Vance in The Preacher's Wife (1996) one year later. That film also starred Denzel Washington whom Bassett worked with in Malcolm X (1992). See more »

Goofs

Gloria's right earring appears and disappears during her conversation with her ex-husband about their son. See more »

Quotes

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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Meh.
21 September 2004 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

I got an opportunity to see Waiting To Exhale for the second time recently, the first time shortly after it came out, and now now. I can't say time has improved my thoughts of the film, which is odd, as I seemed to recall really enjoying this the first time it came out. (Maybe I should watch 'Homeward Bound' again, as I LOVED that movie the first time I saw it) The only actress really to impress in this movie is of course the amazing Angela Bassett who growls and hisses every chance she gets! I really liked this character, and I felt for the trials she was going through. The other character I liked was the one played by Loretta Devine, who was cute as the overweight mother who unexpectedly falls in love. I kind of thought the Lela Rachon character was underwritten, and seemed to almost revel in her wantonness. lol. As for Miss Houston, when I was watching her "act", well, Chesty Morgan's performance in "Deadly Weapons" came to mind for some odd reason, as it appears the acting thing was becoming a struggle, and wasn't going to last for too long.. All in all, I wasn't really disappointed in the film, it just slid off...


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