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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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Cast

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

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>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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

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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kísértés két szólamban  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$30,238,577 (USA) (19 December 2003)
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Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father is the lead singer of the 70's band The Main Ingredient. See more »

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When the two main characters are talking as children, the boy mouths the girl's line when she says she wants to marry Michael Jackson. See more »

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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 Behind the Music (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stone
By Shirley Caesar
Performed by Shirley Caesar and Ann Nesby
Produced by Bubba Smith
Shirley Caesar performs courtesy of Word Records
Ann Nesby performs courtesy of It's Time Child Records/Universal Records
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Great music and excellent comedy
6 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. A great "inspiration" filled with hope! Cuba was excellent and Beyonce was both beautiful and compelling. What makes a movie like this work is the "realality" of the script and the "power of the performers! The love scenes between Cuba and Beyonce were fill with passion. I think that the "religious tone" of the movied added to it's significance. This movie was being real. The church is as relevant to our times as any other part of society.

We need to see more movies like this coming from Hollywood. In light of the tragic conditions that we face in the world, this movie can help bring about a "spark" of light and hope.

To the writers and directors, keep up the good work!


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