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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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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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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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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

'Vanessa L. Williams' played the role of Terri in the movie, and 'Vanessa A. Williams' played the role of Maxine in the cable series. See more »

Goofs

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: [after recieving a doctor's examination] I'm not getting my leg cut off.
Teri: Mama, there's no blood flowing to that leg. You're diabetic.
Maxine: You haven't been watching what you eat.
Mama Joe: [angrily, with tears in her eyes] NOBODY is cutting off my leg! And that's that!
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Have I Never
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Performed by A Few Good Men
Courtesy of LaFace Records
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Superb Movie!
26 October 1998 | by (Riverside, CA.) – See all my reviews

This movie is fantastic! The acting is first-rate (especially Vivica A. Fox and Brandon Hammond). The storyline is touching, funny, and poignant. This film wisely avoids being a "chick flick" and tells about a regular middle-class African-American family, something we don't see in movies that often.


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