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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Washington ...
Little Darrin
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Little Lilly
Demetress Long ...
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't fight the feeling. 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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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£151,994 (UK) (12 December 2003)

Gross:

£272,886 (UK) (19 December 2003)
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Lilly's last name is never mentioned. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lilly: You really don't remember me?
Darrin Hill: You're that Lily?
Lilly: Yeah, you always used to ask me to be your girlfriend. But I was bound and determined to be Mrs. Michael Jackson
Darrin Hill: How's that working out for you?
Lilly: It turns out, I'm not his type.
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References Behind the Music (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Stop
By Jonell (as Shannon Showes), Johnnie Frierson, Wendy Rene (as Mary Frierson) and Hi-Tek
Performed by Jonell
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains sample from "Tearz"
Performed by Wu-Tang Clan
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
Contains interpolations from "After Laughter Comes Tears"
By Johnnie Frierson and Wendy Rene (as Mary Frierson)
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Really enjoyed this film
17 November 2003 | by (Texas, USA) – 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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