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Soul Food (1997)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 September 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
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Maxine
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Bird
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Miles
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Lem
Brandon Hammond ...
Ahmad
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Kenny
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Faith
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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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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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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£56,833 (UK) (12 June 1998)

Gross:

£125,459 (UK) (19 June 1998)
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'Vanessa L. Williams', Vivica A. Fox, and Nia Long all previously starred in _"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)_ as three very different love interests of Will Smith's character. See more »

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At the beginning of the scene for the Sunday dinner that Ahmad arranged, there is a pitcher of grape or purple Kool-Aid. When the meal starts, the glasses are filled with a red drink. See more »

Quotes

Mama Joe: You see, in life we all make some bad choices. My husband was a gambler. Almost cost us this house. But I worked, on my hands and knees, cleaning up after white folks. Taking in laundry. You do what you have to do to stay strong.
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Spin-off Soul Food (2000) See more »

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You Are the Man
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Performed by En Vogue
En Vogue appears courtesy of East-West Records / Elektra Entertainment Group
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Warming to the heart
11 February 2002 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Soul Food is one of the best family films ever made. The cast led by Vanessa Williams is superb. Vicva A. Fox and Nia Long are also great as the younger sisters. Micheal Beachmen and Mehki Pffeir are also great. But the real standout is Brandon Hammons who plays Ahmad. He shows great acting talent in his first big role. 10/10.


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