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The Preacher's Wife (1996)

Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all ... See full summary »

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Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help - and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley. However, Dudley's arrival seems to cause even more trouble... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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They needed help. What they got was a miracle.


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »
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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,649,752 (USA) (13 December 1996)

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$48,093,211 (USA) (18 April 1997)
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Denzel Washington originally wanted Julia Roberts for the part of Julia Biggs. After he realized that Whitney Houston would be better for the role, he offered it to her, but she turned it down. Washington continued to ask her for a year until she finally agreed. See more »

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Marguerite Coleman: [after seeing one of Hamilton's commercials on television] That man is so oily, you could fry chicken on his smile.
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Referenced in The PJs: The Preacher's Life (2000) See more »

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I Love The Lord
Written by Richard Smallwood
Performed by Whitney Houston with the Georgia Mass Choir
Courtesy by Arista Records
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Great movie, and a much better remake.
1 March 2004 | by (Bend,Oregon.) – See all my reviews

Fine and uplifting remake has everything going for it. A great leading man (Denzel Washington) and a great cast of characters that will lift your spirits when you are down. Penny marshal has made a new Xmas classic, and it's a much better movie than the original Bishop's Wife.I like the original as well with Cary Grant but Denzel Washington makes an even better angel, and gives an even bigger heart.

Great support is giving by Courtney B. Vance and Whitney Houston, and the late Gregory Hines in one of his finest performances. The soundtrack by Miss Houston is simply amazing, and it has every that a soundtrack should have in it. This is one fine and amazing movie, see it and let a smile come a cross your face.


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