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Soul Food (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 September 1997 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
Brandon Hammond ...
Morgan Méchelle Smith ...
John M. Watson Sr. ...
Uncle Pete
M.T. Alexander ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama

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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


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,197,897 (USA) (26 September 1997)


£125,459 (UK) (19 June 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Irma P. Hall is the only cast member who reprised their role in the cable series. See more »


When Bird's co-workers are attacking Lem when he comes out the bathroom, he's wearing boxers under his towel. See more »


Teri: As far as you're concerned, I'm an ATM. Automatically Teri's Money.
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Referenced in The Boondocks: The Itis (2006) See more »


Baby I
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Performed by Tenderoni
Tenderoni appears courtesy of Yab Yum Records / Epic 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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