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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
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Homer T. (as L. John Myers)
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Herself (as Reverend Shirley Caesar)
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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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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:

£151,994 (UK) (12 December 2003)

Gross:

£272,886 (UK) (19 December 2003)
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Other than Darrin's marriage proposal, Darrin and Lilly never state their love (or true feelings) towards each other at all in the film. See more »

Goofs

During the final performance, the convict with the high-pitched voice is singing, with no cuffs or chains. Later, during the credits, his restraints are on. See more »

Quotes

[In church, Darrin's cell phone rings]
Reverend Lewis: Son, if that's ain't Jesus calling, shut it off.
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Features Cribs (2000) See more »

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Soldier
Traditional
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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Great Music - Puny Plot
3 March 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

The song and dance and high energy expressions of faith and joy were a delight-- too bad the plot didn't have as much going for it.

Cuba Gooding is a remarkably talented guy, as in fact, were many of the cast members... the script just didn't give them much to work with. The plot is predictable and formulaic-- which isn't necessarily a terrible thing if it never-the-less shows you a really good time anyway. This movie tries to, but just falls flat whenever the music stops.

It was worth watching for the rousing good music, but certainly not something I feel any need to add to my dvd collection and ever watch again.


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