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Soul Food (1997)

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
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Miles
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Lem
Brandon Hammond ...
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Simuel
Morgan Méchelle Smith ...
Kelly
John M. Watson Sr. ...
Uncle Pete
M.T. Alexander ...
Jada
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Harome
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Storyline

Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Two of the sisters feud continuously: Teri is jealous of Maxine's marriage and irritated that everyone assumes her corporate salary is open to the rest of the family's uses. Maxine resents Teri's bossiness and insensitivity to family tradition. Bird, the youngest, newly married to an ex-con, accepts a favor from an old lover that leads to her husband's arrest. Mama Joe's grandson Ahmad cooks up a scheme to bring the family together, back to the table. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A story of the people who make us strong and the recipe that makes us a family. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A mama főztje  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,197,897 (USA) (28 September 1997)

Gross:

$43,490,057 (USA) (23 January 1998)
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Trivia

Jeffrey D. Samms, Michael Beach, and Brandon Hammond previously appeared in Waiting to Exhale (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Lem is sitting in the living room talking to Kenny at his house, you can see a light from the camera visible in the window behind them. See more »

Quotes

Kenny: [after Lem arrives home from jail] So Lem, how you get out, man?
Lem: Honestly, man, I don't know. Somebody talked to somebody, and the charges got dropped.
Maxine: Well, Lem, we're all happy to have you back, brother.
Bird: [happily] That's right! My boo is home!
Teri: Actually, I called in to the D.A's office for a favor.
Lem: [glares at Teri]
Teri: I felt bad.
Lem: You should feel bad! Because of you, I had to spend weeks in jail.
Teri: You should be thankful! Now, you can stay home and take care of your pregnant wife.
Bird: You know what, Teri? ...
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Connections

Referenced in Gloria (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

No Diggity
Written by Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal (as Chauncey Hannibul), William Stewart,
Lynise Walter, Richard Vick, Bill Withers
Performed by Blackstreet (as BLACKstreet)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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So True Its Scary
23 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film it reminded me so much of my family I actually got nervous. The story depicted in this film is so true especially in many Black families, especially mine. The story is pretty much about how a family breaks up after the matriarch becomes ill and eventually dies causing rifts to develop due to the fact that the one person who keeps the family grounded is no longer around to mediate disputes and to show love and guidance to the younger generation. This is definitely a wonderful film that should be viewed by every family no matter what race they are.


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