The Fighting Temptations (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  19 September 2003 (USA)
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A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Washington ...
Little Darrin
Little Lilly
Ann Nesby ...
Aunt Sally Walker
Maryann Hill
Bessie Cooley
Rosalie Washington ...
Faye Jenkins
Ricky Dillard ...
Choir Director
Larry John Meyers ...
Homer T. (as L. John Myers)
Herself (as Reverend Shirley Caesar)
Paulina Pritchett (as LaTanya Richardson)
Reverend Lewis
Homer T.


A New York advertising executive who is about to land a big account, has his life shaken up when it becomes known that he has lied about having a college degree. After being fired, his life is further shaken by his debtors who had counted on paying after landing the account. Having to go on the run, he is called back to his southern town roots, when his great aunt dies. At the reading of the will, he learns he has been asked to assume the mantle of choir director of his great aunt's church and if he can get the choir in the Gospel Explosion in Atlanta, he will inherit stock worth $150,000. Unfortunately the choir leaves a lot to be desired and he has to start recruiting. Among others, he gets three prisoners to join. More importantly, he gets a "sinner" from one of the local night clubs to join. While initially scorned and resisted, nonetheless her voice wins everyone but the hardcore church busybody. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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She was one temptation, he couldn't resist See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kísértés két szólamban  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,758,372 (USA) (19 September 2003)


£272,886 (UK) (19 December 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The church pews and minister's podium in the movie were taken from St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Atlanta and moved into a church in Senoia Georgia (the white one with the turret used in the exterior scenes). The minister's office, kitchen and the rehearsal space that's not the choir loft where they perform was filmed in the Atlanta church. St. Paul's used the money for allowing filming in the church to add air conditioning to the sanctuary. See more »


At the end of the scene where the choir sings, "Rain Down", Darrin mouths "Call His name" when the rest of the choir sings "Praise His name". See more »


Miles Smoke: We're broadcasting live from down by the river side where three lost souls are trying to find Jesus... although personally... I don't think this is where he fell in
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References Roots (1977) See more »


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I found this film uplifting, funny and full of emotion. Beyonce looked and sounded amazing. Cuba did a good job and the whole film never lost my attention for a second. They sometimes say that they don;t make films like this anymore, but clearly this film proves that wrong. ( OK ignore that sentence it sounds stupid ) The music in this film is particularly good and all the characters fit into the story nicely. Good happy ending too. I just love this film and I don;t care if its not one that critics would rave on about. In my experience the films they rave on a bout are usually awful anyway. I am surprised that Beyonce hasn't made more films, she can really act in my humble opinion.

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