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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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She was one temptation, he couldn't resist See more »

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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,758,372 (USA) (21 September 2003)

Gross:

$30,238,577 (USA) (21 December 2003)
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Trivia

The church pews and minister's podium in the movie were taken from St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Atlanta and moved into a church in Senoia Georgia (the white one with the turret used in the exterior scenes). The minister's office, kitchen and the rehearsal space that's not the choir loft where they perform was filmed in the Atlanta church. St. Paul's used the money for allowing filming in the church to add air conditioning to the sanctuary. See more »

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Johnson's tattoo disappears when he sings in the church. See more »

Quotes

Paulina Pritchett: Guns in church. The abomination that causes desolation.
Scooter: Well, heck, someone should have told me guns weren't allowed.
[pulls gun from waist band and sets on top of organ]
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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The Church Is In Mourning
Written and Performed by Shirley Caesar
Produced by Bubba Smith
Shirley Caesar performs courtesy of Word Records
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Must Be The Music
24 September 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Hmm..an MTV production-doesn't suprise me a bit. However, I'll have to agree with the majority of the people out here-the music is what made the film. With top legendary gospel singers like Shirley Ceasar and Levert Sr., no wonder that choir was pumping!

Beyonce's reindiction of "Fever" was very nice, although, I think they downplayed her look a little too much in the movie-they didn't want the famous "pop star" to leak out. Her acting was mediocre, given that she didn't have much to work with being that the plot was so limited.

The soundtrack is awesome, that's all I can say.


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