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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 December 1995 (USA)
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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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£1,240,401 (UK) (23 February 1996)
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Actress & Co-star Angela Basset would later direct the lifetime original biography film about Whitney Houston titled "Whitney" See more »

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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 »

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Fireman: Ma'am, were you aware that your car was on fire?
[Bernadine nods her head while smoking a cigarette]
Fireman: Ma'am, did you start this fire?
[she puffs smoke and plainly looks at him]
Fireman: You know, it's against the law to burn anything except trash in your yard.
Bernadine Harris: [flicks off ashes from her cigarette] It is trash.
Fireman: Look, this is a nice area. Luckily, a neighbor cared enough. Listen, the next time you want to burn something...
Bernadine Harris: It won't happen again.
[she shuts the door in his face]
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Written by Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred) and Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill)
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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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