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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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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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$66,217,473 (USA)
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Although Whitaker had earlier directed an HBO drama called Strapped (1993) - for which he received Best New Director honors at the Toronto Film Festival - this film was his first job directing a full-length feature film. See more »

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

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Bernadine Harris: [Arguing about money at John's office] Who do you think started this damn company, huh? And now, you think you can just take the money and run...
John Harris, Sr.: Business hasn't been good for years, but don't you worry, you'll get what's coming to you.
Bernadine Harris: Hell, I'm not worried... you, on the other hand, should be.
John Harris, Sr.: I am prepared to offer you $300,000 cash, *today*.
Bernadine Harris: Your children aren't for sale.
[walks away]
John Harris, Sr.: Oh by the way, I'm coming to pick up my kids on Saturday.
Bernadine Harris: Yeah?
[Walks back toward John]
Bernadine Harris: And if I hear you had...
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References Tootsie (1982) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
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The Book was Better
26 September 2000 | by (Indiana) – See all my reviews

The Feature Film version of the MacMillan Novel was a welcome change from all the "Hood" movies that were being released. Unlike the Hood movies "Exhale" did not have a plot that revolved around: violence,drugs, and guns. Instead it was a more Upscale drama. If you read the book the roles were cast perfectly with the exception of the woman that played Savannah. Angela Bassett as Bernadine, Lela Rochon as Robin; Loretta Devine as Gloria; could not have been better casted, if the movie were done over a thousand times!

Unfortunately Terry MacMillan allowed the project to get too commercial, thus compromising her craft! One verification of this is the exporting of Whitney Houston from the Music Industry to fill the lead as Savannah. The part of Savannah demanded a lot of acting ability. They could've gotten Theresa Randall, Robin Givens or Tyra Ferrell to do the lead, but they didn't. Instead they hired a pop diva in an effort to get millions of her fans into the cineplexes; and of course sing on the Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds produced soundtrack! Needless to say the grammy Award winner gave a highly unimpressive performance!

As for the directing; now Forest Whittaker's my boy, but the direction needed a womans touch! The story was supposed to be about feminine friendship, and all the complications that go with it.

Despite the box-office success of "Waiting to Exhale" it failed to produce a demand for more Upscale Black Dramas! Macmillan had to do it herself in her follow up book turned movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back!"

Read my review of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"


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