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Though it's been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader.


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When R&B legend Marcus Hooks dies suddenly, VH-1 invites his original back up duo, Floyd Henderson and Louis Hinds, "The Real Deal," to appear at a memorial tribute at the Apollo Theater. Floyd, who's bored in retirement, wants this more than anything; Louis, a philosophical ex-con, does not. Plus, there's bad blood between them (Louis's wife Odetta left him to marry Floyd - then left Floyd). Floyd begs, Louis consents but won't fly, so they leave L.A. in Floyd's flashy Cadillac with five days to get to New York. On the road, they must get back their vocal chops, renew their friendship, and sort out the past. With Floyd's bad hip and Louis's bad kidneys, will they even make it? Written by <>

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Out of sync. Never out of style.


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, and sexual content including nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tuti duó  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,401,605 (USA) (7 November 2008)


$12,081,447 (USA) (30 January 2009)

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Did You Know?


Final film of Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac. Old Dogs (2009) was released later, but Mac's scenes were shot before Soul Men (2008). See more »


When Louis and Floyd first put on their old suits to perform, Floyd's jacket rips up the back. When they appear on stage, Floyd's jacket is not ripped. See more »


Louis Hinds: [opens the door for Floyd to leave] get the fuck out.
Floyd Henderson: Well, I guess you don't give a fuck about the money then, huh?
Louis Hinds: What money? It's a funeral! Don't nobody get paid to sing at no damn funeral!
[suddenly looks at Louis and raises his eyebrows]
Louis Hinds: How much?
Floyd Henderson: Forty grand.
Louis Hinds: [closes the door] Apiece?
Floyd Henderson: No, down the middle.
Louis Hinds: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. That ain't even enough.
Floyd Henderson: The fuck you mean "that's not enough", man?
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References Soul Train (1971) See more »


Never Can Say Goodbye
Written by Clifton Davis
Performed by Isaac Hayes
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Double Mac and Jackson please!
25 January 2009 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Soul Man is was it is... crude, rude, and genuinely funny. It has two of the hardest working actors in showbiz - the late great Bernie Mac and Samuel L Jackson as two has been soul stars on a road trip to a funeral / tribute concert of the late great Marcus Hook (John Legend).

This is comedy at full speed, it makes no apologies and takes no prisoners - but is also genuinely full of laughs.

All in all I think Mac wouldn't mind this being his last movie - never a man for great subtlety here the pair look like they had a lot of fun making this and the best bits are the improv off-script rants.

It's no comedic masterpiece, and the plot is cheesy, and the whole thing is just a beer and pizza adventure - but you have to admire the energy and fun.

A fitting tribute to Bernie Mac who loved life and people and was a very very, very hard-working stand-up comic.

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