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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 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

Forest Whitaker stated in an interview with Ebony Magazine that Robin Givens and Halle Berry were among the women who auditioned for the role of Robin. After casting Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston, he decided to go with relative unknowns for the other two roles, and the role of Robin was subsequently given to Lela Rochon. See more »

Goofs

When Bernie meets James Wheeler in the hotel bar, his hands keep changing their position on the bar between shots. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Matthews: Would you like to have dinner with us tonight? It's just leftovers. Collard greens and corn bread, some candied yams, a little potato salad, fried chicken, peach cobbler and a few slices of ham.
Marvin King: I would love to, but I've got so much to do around here. Maybe some other time.
Gloria Matthews: To be honest, I don't have no business eating any of it as big as I am.
Marvin King: My wife was a big woman too. I like a woman with some meat on her bones.
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Featured in Whitney Houston: Exhale, Shoop Shoop (1995) 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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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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