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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 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 <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:

Kísértés két szólamban  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$30,238,577 (USA) (19 December 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film first aired on television on the cable movie network Showtime nearly two years after its release. See more »


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 »


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 »


Arranged by Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, Joey Williams, Eric McKinnie,
John Chelew and Chris Goldsmith
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
Produced by Loretha Jones and Joe Neil
The Blind Boys of Alabama perform courtesy of Real World Records
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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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