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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

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Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

Director:

Forest Whitaker

Writers:

Terry McMillan (novel), Terry McMillan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Houston ... Savannah Jackson
Angela Bassett ... Bernadine Harris
Loretta Devine ... Gloria Matthews
Lela Rochon ... Robin Stokes
Gregory Hines ... Marvin King
Dennis Haysbert ... Kenneth Dawkins
Mykelti Williamson ... Troy
Michael Beach ... John Harris, Sr.
Leon ... Russell
Wendell Pierce ... Michael Davenport
Donald Faison ... Tarik Matthews
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Lionel
Jazz Raycole ... Onika Harris
Brandon Hammond ... John Harris, Jr.
Kenya Moore ... Denise
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Storyline

This story based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their very lives. Friendship becomes the strongest bond between these women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles the modern women face in today's world. Written by David Adrine <hdadrine@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Friends are the people who let you be yourself... and never let you forget it.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actress and co-star Angela Basset would later direct the lifetime original biography film about Whitney Houston titled "Whitney". See more »

Goofs

Vannah's necklace is outside then inside then outside of her top at Glo's birthday party. See more »

Quotes

Savannah Jackson: So what do you think, Robin? I've love this man forever. And now that we've got another chance, I don't want to blow it by making him think I don't have any faith in him. You know what I mean?
Robin Stokes: Don't we hear this on "Sally" and "Oprah" every day?
[they chuckle]
Robin Stokes: That's what you sound like, you know.
Savannah Jackson: Is that where you get your advice from? TV?
Robin Stokes: Well, you know, there was this one woman in your same situation. This man kept saying he was going to leave, too. She got her hopes all up and everything. Quit ...
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Connections

Featured in Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans: Count on Me (1996) See more »

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This Is How It Works
Performed by TLC
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes (as Lisa Lopes)
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
TLC appears courtesy of LaFace Records and Pebbitone, Inc.
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Sticky
9 May 1999 | by thomas-52See all my reviews

There was nothing in the movie that made me excited. The message did not come through, if there was one. Perhaps it is to convey the idea that men are useless, or that relations are complicated because women make it complicated. If a comedy, I did not laugh. If a drama, I did not find it dramatic.

It was like drinking a cup of coffee presented to you with way too much sugar.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waiting to Exhale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,126,927, 25 December 1995

Gross USA:

$67,052,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,452,156
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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