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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Savannah Jackson
... Bernadine Harris
... Gloria Matthews
... Robin Stokes
... Marvin King
... Kenneth Dawkins
... Troy
... John Harris, Sr.
... Russell
... Michael Davenport
... Tarik Matthews
... Lionel
... Onika Harris
... John Harris, Jr.
... 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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Friends are the people who let you be yourself... and never let you forget it.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some strong sexuality | See all certifications »
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22 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Où sont les hommes?  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$67,052,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,452,156
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Trivia

Whitney Houston would go on to work with Angela Bassett's husband, Courtney B. Vance in The Preacher's Wife (1996) one year later. That film also starred Denzel Washington whom Bassett worked with in Malcolm X (1992). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Troy: You black bitches are all the same.
Robin Stokes: Bitch?
Troy: Y'all always complaining about how nobody don't want your ass, don't nobody know how to treat ya! Then you meet a man, a brother, with genuine interest in ya, and you gotta act simple. Then you wonder why we date white women.
Robin Stokes: A white woman can have your sorry ass!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Steve Buscemi/The Black Keys (2011) See more »

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My Funny Valentine
Performed by Chaka Khan
Written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
Chaka Khan appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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This movie made me cry.
25 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film brought me to tears not because it was so emotional I had to cry but being a Black man and a working actor making a living for 20 + years, It was the first time a big budget, well shot, well acted (Whitney is still weak at times), well directed film about "most" black lives got a big theatrical release. Most black films (Excluding Spike Lee) are about thugs or are so low budget you never get to see them. It was about time!


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