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 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 <>

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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  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£272,886 (UK) (19 December 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Beyoncé Knowles gained weight for the role. See more »


Near the end of the film, Lilly passes her and Darrin's new baby over to her grandfather for him to hold while they go perform. However, in the shots of the crowd behind Darrin, both the grandfather and the baby are nowhere to be seen. See more »


Paulina Pritchett: This is a no-smoking house.
Jimmy B.: It's a no-smoking, no-drinking, no fornicatin', no point of livin' at all house.
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References Roots (1977) See more »


Kinda Kinky
By Lukasz Gottwald and Alex Gimeno
Performed by Ursula 1000
Courtesy of ESL Music
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Fighting Temptations Leads Us from Evil **1/2
17 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Cuba Gooding's best performances in years. Mr. Gooding has been on a dry run since his Oscar win in the supporting category for Tom Cruise's famous line-Show me the money!

This is basically a fun film. Cuba Gooding, recently fired from his job, returns to Georgia for the funeral of his beloved Aunt Sally. That funeral scene in the church is just memorably realized.

Gooding captures the part of the not so competent worker, with a kind and understanding heart.

He can keep the inheritance providing that he does something is an old Hollywood line. This time, it's the taking up of the choir.

LaTanya Richardson gives a stoic performance as the holier than thou choir leader who looks to trip the Gooding character up so that she can maintain her position. She is just great as one who preaches reverence but has strayed herself.

Beyonce Knowles belts it out. Of course, her rendition of fever can't be compared to that of the great Peggy Lee.

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