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The Preacher's Wife (1996)

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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 ... 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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JPY 54,112,300 (Japan) (20 December 1996)

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$48,093,211 (USA) (18 April 1997)
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The ice skating scene was filmed in Portland, Maine at Deering Oaks Park. Prior to filming, the location had been selected because of the snow and ice pond in the park. However, the week that filming began, Portland had an unusual winter heat wave and the ice and much of the snow melted. Artificial snow and ice had to be used in the end and the actors had to skate on ice that kept turning to slush from the melting. See more »

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Jeremiah Biggs: Just because you can't see the air doesn't keep you from breathing. And just because you can't see God doesn't keep you from believing.
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The Lord Is My Shepherd
Performed by Cissy Houston with Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir
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A pale remake of a minor Christmas classic
30 June 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

You have to wonder why some folks out in Hollywood try to remake that which was done so very well the first time. You can just see them sitting around the conference table talking about adding color and, oh, yeah, lets make the characters black! It would be OK if they really tried to do it better. But they are really just trying to cash in.

Such is the case with "The Preacher's Wife". A modernized color version of the Cary Grant vehicle, "The Bishop's Wife", the insertion of even this excellent black cast does nothing to enhance the story.

Denzel never seems to capture the sly charm of Dudley, the angel sent to help the Preacher. Now we know Denzel can be a charmer, but even he cannot deliver through this tired direction and uninspired script. Nothing really works in the movie (unless, perhaps, you never saw the original), the Preacher is not sympathetic enough, Whitney isn't at full strength as the title character, and even Gregory Hines can't seem to make the villain seem like much of a baddie.

A thorough waste of time and celluloid!


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