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Soul Food (1997)

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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

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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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

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,197,897 (USA) (26 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

Kenny: [after Teri threatens to sell Big Mama's house] Now, Teri, your mother worked hard to keep that house in the family! For you, and your family...
Teri: Oh, fuck the family! I let the family into my house, and you know what happened? The family fucked my husband.
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Connections

Followed by More Soul Food See more »

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What About Us
Written by Tim Mosley and Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott)
Produced by Tim Mosley (as Timbaland) for Timbaland Music Inc. and Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott)
Performed by Total
Courtesy of LaFace Records
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2 July 2001 | by (Vista, CA) – See all my reviews

I love this movie.

I just saw it for the first time and could kick myself for waiting so

long. Brandon Hammond is a hoot and Viveca A. Fox was wonderful. It is

so nice to see a movie centered around an African-American family that

wasn't about hoods or hip-hop. Every family, black or white or

whatever, can identify with the kinds of problems this family had.

There is a poignant, endearing quality to this movie that just appealed

to me and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a "feel-good" fix

without the sweet-as-saccharine quality so many movies have.


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