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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Onika Harris
Brandon Hammond ...


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4 Mulheres Apaixonadas  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$66,217,473 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


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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Referenced in The Simpsons: E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) (1999) See more »


Sittin' Up In My Room
Performed by Brandy Norwood (as Brandy)
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
Brandy appears courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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great touching story
2 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this movie truly is bound to be more appealing to women than men, it is a touching story of four best friends. How they stick together and grow together through life's mistakes, joys, and bad taste in men. I love Angela Bassett and she is outstanding in this movie. The other 3 ladies, Whitney,Lela, and Loretta do great jobs too. This movie is filled with sweet moments, great laughter, and maybe some tears. Just a wonderful movie that shows what friendship is about. I have not read the book, but I have heard many times that the book is better... but hey thats true for almost every book turned movie. So all I know is I love this movie, and every time I watch it, it gives me great pleasure. Not too mention the soundtrack is fabulous! Whitney, Brandy, Babyface,Faith Evans,and Mary J Blige make the music in the film absolutely great.

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