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Writers (WGA):
Robert Nathan (novel)
Robert E. Sherwood (earlier screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 December 1996 (USA) See more »
They needed help. What they got was a miracle.
Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Denzel Washington ... Dudley

Whitney Houston ... Julia Biggs

Courtney B. Vance ... Reverend Henry Biggs

Gregory Hines ... Joe Hamilton

Jenifer Lewis ... Margueritte Coleman

Loretta Devine ... Beverly

Justin Pierre Edmund ... Jeremiah Biggs

Lionel Richie ... Britsloe
Paul Bates ... Saul Jeffreys
Lex Monson ... Osbert
Darvel Davis Jr. ... Hakim
William James Stiggers Jr. ... Billy Eldridge
Marcella Lowery ... Anna Eldridge

Cissy Houston ... Mrs. Havergal
Aaron A. McConnaughey ... Teen

Shyheim Franklin ... Teen

Taral Hicks ... Teen
Kennan Scott ... Teen

Jernard Burks ... Pizza Man
Michael Alexander Jackson ... Robber

Jaime Tirelli ... Liquor Store Owner

Shari Headley ... Arlene Chattan
Lizan Mitchell ... Judge
Robert Colston ... Bailiff

Victor Williams ... Robbie
Juliehera Destefano ... Receptionist
Charlotte d'Amboise ... Debbie Paige
Delores Mitchell ... Mary Halford
David Langston Smyrl ... Hanley's Waiter
Harsh Nayyar ... Christmas Tree Man

Mervyn Warren ... Pianist
Roy Haynes ... Drummer
George Coleman ... Sax Player
Ted Dunbar ... Guitar Player
Jamil Nasser ... Bass Player
Helmar Augustus Cooper ... Johnson Keeley
Mary Bond Davis ... Bernita
Toukie Smith ... Teleprompter Operator
Mozelle Hawkins Allen ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Eloise Beasley ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Yolanda Beasley-Prime ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Cassondra M. Breedlove ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Dirk Chaney ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Brenda J. Childs ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Anthony Dean Copeland ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Hayward Cromartie ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Betty Cromartie Davis ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Valerie Inez Edwards ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Kimberley M. Garrett ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Rutha Harris ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Carolyn Henry ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Gary Nuckles-Holt ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Teretha G. Houston ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Angela L. Jones ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Morris Vernon Jones ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Rose Merry Jordan ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Jacqueline Martin ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Betty Matthews ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Corey McGee ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member (as Reverend Corey McGee)
Naguanda Miller ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Sharon A. Mitchell ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Beverly S. Nixon ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Krishna Presha ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Jacqulyn V. Saunders ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Constance Small ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Troy L. Sneed Sr. ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Lawrence K. Thomas ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member (as Reverend Lawrence K. Thomas)
Ulisa A. Thomas ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
V. Ranaldo Welcome ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Berta J. Williams ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Kimberly L. Wright ... St. Matthew's Choir & Band Member
Steven Brown ... Drummer
Rick Carter ... Bass Player
Sterling Holloman II ... Lead Guitar Player
Kenneth Paden ... Pianist (as Reverend Kenneth Paden)
Dwain L. White ... Organist
Aaron Jordan ... Eldridge Kid
Yakin Manassah Jordan ... Eldridge Kid
Joshua Jordan ... Donkey - Nativity Choir
Tiffany Joseph ... Shepherd - Nativity Choir
Jessica Malloy ... Jessica (Mary - Nativity Choir)
Amia Hart ... Beverly's Child
Tania McDonald-Tomlinson ... Sheep - Nativity Choir (as Brittany Anderson)
Christopher Malloy ... Angel - Nativity Choir
Andal Fequiere ... Joseph - Nativity Choir
Mark Gilbert ... Wise Man - Nativity Choir
Michael Marshall ... Wise Man - Nativity Choir
Shaun Purefoy ... Wise Man - Nativity Choir
Tiffiny Monet Graham ... Angel - Nativity Choir
Khalia Hamilton-Montoute ... Angel - Nativity Choir
Marquis Bowen-Wallace ... Shepherd - Nativity Choir
Lakeya Enos ... Shepherd - Nativity Choir
Christine Lameisha Koon ... Camel - Nativity Choir
Anthony Biggham ... Lamb - Nativity Choir
Taleah Enos ... Ox - Nativity Choir
Jerry Brunsin ... Painting Singer
Anthony Burnett ... Painting Singer
Kevin Mitchell ... Painting Singer
Phillip Mitchell ... Painting Singer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adam Alexi-Malle ... Robbery Witness (uncredited)
Debbie Benitez ... Store Owners Wife (uncredited)

Anibal O. Lleras ... Pizza Man (uncredited)
John Rowe Jr. ... Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)

Derrick Simmons ... Robber (uncredited)
Ronald Sylvers ... Congregation Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
Penny Marshall 
Writing credits
Robert Nathan (novel "The Bishop's Wife")

Robert E. Sherwood (earlier screenplay) and
Leonardo Bercovici (earlier screenplay)

Nat Mauldin (screenplay) and
Allan Scott (screenplay)

Produced by
Elliot Abbott .... executive producer
Timothy M. Bourne .... co-producer
Debra Martin Chase .... co-producer
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. .... producer
Robert Greenhut .... executive producer
Bonnie Hlinomaz .... associate producer
Amy Lemisch .... co-producer
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography) (as Miroslav Ondricek)
Film Editing by
George Bowers 
Stephen A. Rotter 
Casting by
Paula Herold 
Production Design by
Bill Groom 
Art Direction by
Dennis Bradford 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr.  (as George DeTitta)
Costume Design by
Cynthia Flynt 
Makeup Department
Larry M. Cherry .... hair stylist
Lisa Hazell .... assistant hair stylist
Michele Paris .... makeup artist (as Michele Paris-Catanzarite)
Edna Sheen .... makeup artist
Kenneth Walker .... key hair stylist (as Ken Walker)
Ellie Winslow .... makeup artist
Production Management
Debra D. Jeffreys .... assistant production manager
Amy Lemisch .... unit production manager
John Bard Manulis .... executive in charge of production: Samuel Goldwyn Company (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H.H. Cooper .... second assistant director
Laurie Jackson .... dga trainee
Dale M. Nielsen .... second second assistant director (as Dale Nielsen)
Barry K. Thomas .... first assistant director (as Barry Thomas)
Art Department
David H. Allen .... property master
William Armstrong .... stand-by scenic
Shannon Rayle Bourne .... set dresser
Arthur Dawson .... artist: scenic artist
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman
Natalie N. Dorset .... construction shop assistant
Martin Fahrer .... specialty props
Marion Kolsby .... assistant art director
Victor Littlejohn .... set dresser
Nicholas Lundy .... assistant art director
Eric A. Marx .... assistant to construction coordinator
Charles E. McCarry .... assistant art director
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator
Eugene Pope .... carpenter
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman
Robert Schleinig .... set dresser
Karl Shefelman .... storyboard artist
Sylvia Trapanese .... scenic artist
Mimi Wyeth .... art department coordinator
Eric M. Klein .... carpenter (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Daniel Rosenfeld .... construction shop pa (uncredited)
Mick Rossman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ari David Schwartz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Boot .... second engineer
Dennis Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Ryan Eldred .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
David Giammarco .... adr supervisor
Galen Goodpaster .... first assistant sound editor
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Darren King .... sound editor
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Toussaint Kotright .... sound recordist
Les Lazarowitz .... production sound mixer
Albert Edmund Lord III .... sound editor
Alan Meyerson .... dubbing mixer
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor
Rupert Nadeau .... assistant sound editor
Rob Nokes .... post sound technical
Anthony Ortiz .... boom operator
Steven A. Saltzman .... sound assistant (as Steven Saltzman)
Joe Schiff .... adr assistant
Gregg Silk .... second engineer
Gina Spiro .... sound assistant
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects
Michael Curtis .... digital compositor
Matt McDonald .... digital compositor
Jalil Jay Lynch .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Deborah Brozina .... second assistant camera
Michael Caracciolo .... camera operator
Xiomara Comrie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ken Ferris .... camera operator
Jay Fortune .... gaffer
Raymond Fortune .... electrician
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Mai Iskander .... camera production assistant
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip
Ondrej Kubicek .... first assistant camera
David Lee .... still photographer
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator
Geary McLeod .... camera operator: "b" camera
Clyde Miller .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Douglas Pellegrino .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Pamela Rittelmeyer .... second assistant camera
Eric Swanek .... Steadicam assistant
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Arthur Szefer .... camera loader
Jeffery J. Tufano .... additional camera operator
Laurence Edwards .... crane technician (uncredited)
Eric M. Klein .... grip: construction (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stephanie Corsalini .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynne Maureen Curtis .... additional wardrobe
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe supervisor
Sandi Figueroa .... wardrobe supervisor
Juliet Polcsa .... assistant costume designer
Jonathan Schwartz .... wardrobe production assistant
Michael Anzalone .... set wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ana Cuadra .... assistant editor
James Durante .... assistant editor
Rolf Fleischmann .... first assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Music Department
Elliot Abbott .... soundtrack executive producer
Michelle Belcher .... soundtrack coordinator
Justin Caine Burnett .... assistant to composer
Daniel Allan Carlin .... production music supervisor
George Doering .... musician
Art Ford .... music consultant
David Foster .... song producer
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Brad Gilderman .... music mixer
Nick Glennie-Smith .... composer: additional music
Taylor Graves .... playback singer
Whitney Houston .... gospel music production
Joseph Magee .... production music mixer
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Laura Perlman .... music editor
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Steven A. Saltzman .... assistant music editor
Steven A. Saltzman .... music editor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Marc Streitenfeld .... assistant composer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Fred Vogler .... music playback
Mervyn Warren .... music producer
Mervyn Warren .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Timothy Bolt .... camera car driver
Peter Tavis .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Earl Boyd .... first aid
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Amy Carter .... second assistant production accountant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Paulette D. Clark .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Drummond .... assistant: Ms. Marshall
Patrick Gibbons .... production assistant
Charlynne J. Hopson .... location scout
Deirdre Horgan .... script supervisor
Sam Hutchins .... assistant location manager
Michael D. Olmos .... production secretary
Mike Phillips .... production accountant
Bruce Roberts .... production assistant
Dana Robin .... location manager
RuDee Sade .... adr artist (as RuDee Lipscomb)
Matthew Sirianni .... location assistant
Susan Van Apeldoorn .... craft service: Georgia
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator
Toni Wells-Roth .... production assistant
Joseph Zolfo .... location scout
Jeff Coopwood .... adr voice (uncredited)
Jim Evans .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jay Horne .... location scout (uncredited)

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Rated PG for brief mild language
123 min
Aspect Ratio:
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In 2009, Whitney Houston revealed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986) that by the time The Preacher's Wife (1996) started shooting, her cocaine and marijuana habits had gotten so bad that there was never a day while filming the movie on which she had not done some drugs.See more »
Julia Biggs:Your mother would always tell me, "Girl, you need to get some meat on those bones. Henry ain't got nothing to grab on to back there!"
Rev. Henry Biggs:She just wanted you to eat, that's all.
Julia Biggs:No, she probably wanted me to be as fat as her.
Rev. Henry Biggs:She wasn't that fat.
Julia Biggs:Please, if a policeman saw your mama come walking down the street, he'd yell, "break it up!"
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
It's a Wonderful Bishop's Life, 12 March 2010
Author: zunitrail-1 from Japan

I saw this when it was in the theaters. I basically loved it mainly for its music and Jennifer Lewis' (Julia's mother) performance, but also I loved the opening and closing (climax) scenes. I'm basically a sucker for that kind of thing, and I understand how other people wouldn't find it interesting. I just saw the movie (The Bishop's Wife) which it was based on and finally feel qualified to comment. TPW was not just a remake of TBW, but more of a combination of TBW and "It's a Wonderful Life." Henry in TPW was the character of Jimmy Stewart in IWL, always caring for the underdog (altho very cynical to the angel's angelhood); Joe Hamilton in TPW was "Mr Potter" of the same, with his schemes to redevelop and control the town. I actually found it charming the way elements of TBW found themselves woven into TPW: the ice skating scene, the typewriter-turned-PC, the final sermon, to name a few. But I did realize that the message had been diluted into a feel-good comedy. There are no moments where one feels deeply moved merely by dialogue, such as TBW's Dudley's story of David and the Lion, which captivates the Bishop's entire household, down to the all-business secretary (not to mention the audience!). In TPW, we are made to be moved by the beautiful music; and as such, I guess we might as well just buy the soundtrack. TBW reminded me that special effects are only as good as the movie itself.

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