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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:

4 Mulheres Apaixonadas  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$67,052,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,452,156
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Trivia

Whitney Houston and Michael Beach would reunite in Sparkle (2012) in what would be Whitney's final movie. 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

Robin Stokes: [thought about Michael] Does he think he just did something here? Shit, I coulda had a V-8.
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Referenced in Emeril: Halloween (2001) See more »

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Not Gon' Cry
Performed by Mary J. Blige
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
Mary J. Blige appears courtesy of Uptown Records/MCA Records
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great touching story
2 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

While this movie truly is bound to be more appealing to women than men, it is a touching story of four best friends. How they stick together and grow together through life's mistakes, joys, and bad taste in men. I love Angela Bassett and she is outstanding in this movie. The other 3 ladies, Whitney,Lela, and Loretta do great jobs too. This movie is filled with sweet moments, great laughter, and maybe some tears. Just a wonderful movie that shows what friendship is about. I have not read the book, but I have heard many times that the book is better... but hey thats true for almost every book turned movie. So all I know is I love this movie, and every time I watch it, it gives me great pleasure. Not too mention the soundtrack is fabulous! Whitney, Brandy, Babyface,Faith Evans,and Mary J Blige make the music in the film absolutely great.


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