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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

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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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4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Washington ...
Little Darrin
Little Lilly
Demetress Long ...
Church Usher
Ann Nesby ...
Aunt Sally Walker
Maryann Hill
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)
Rosa Lopez


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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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:

Borilačko iskustvo  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,758,372, 21 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,238,577, 21 December 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Other than Darrin's marriage proposal, Darrin and Lilly never state their love (or true feelings) towards each other at all in the film. See more »


In the competition, the tall convict with the high pitched voice is handcuffed when he comes to the front of the stage. Moments later, he is dancing with one arm in front of him and one behind his back. From his sideways position, that would be impossible. See more »


Lilly: You know what Sally told me once? She said when like makes you have to put up with mean and hateful people, just think of 'em as sandpaper. They may scratch you, rub you the wrong way... But eventually, you'll end up smooth and polished. And the sandpaper? It's just gon' be worn out and ugly.
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Really enjoyed this film
17 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

I can not believe I almost forgot to write about this film. It was a rare one that I really enjoyed. It had some funny moments and some great music. Now I'm not saying this movie was perfect b/c it was far from it but it was very entertaining and sometimes that is what a movie is supposed to be. The acting was okay and Beyonce is not bad at acting and is great at singing. The plot was nothing monumental but it dealt with something my wife was actually going through at the time. I will definitely own this movie.

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