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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

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
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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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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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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)  »

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Kiusatuste kiuste  »

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$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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Beyoncé Knowles gained weight for the role. See more »

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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 »

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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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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Come Back Home
By Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Big Jim Wright (as James "Big Jim" Wright)
Performed by The O'Jays, T-Bone and Lil' Zane (as Zane)
Additional vocals by Beyoncé Knowles (as Beyoncé) and Angie Stone
Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Big Jim Wright (as James "Big Jim" Wright) for Flyte Tyme Fylms Inc.
Beyoncé performs courtesy of Columbia Records
Angie Stone performs courtesy of J Records
T-Bone performs courtesy of Flicker Records
Zane performs courtesy of Priority/Capitol Records
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Excellent Music Barely Saves This Film
9 March 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Excellent gospel music and some other musical gems highlight this otherwise poor excuse for a film. The music is as good as it gets. So good I just might buy my first gospel cd ever. But the goods stop there, with the possible exception of Beyonce who manages a decent acting performance to go with some superb vocals. Actually, the supporting cast is likable for the most part and do an okay job. However, Cuba Gooding Jr. was completely abysmal, almost as bad as the screenplay. The story itself is implausible, the jokes are stale and the dialogue is boring. Yet, the music was so much fun, I am glad that I saw it and would recommend it to others. Just fast forward through all parts where they are not singing. Believe me you won't miss anything worth seeing.


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