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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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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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Trivia

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

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. ...
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Connections

Referenced in Tokyo Tribe (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

That Shit Turns Me On
Performed by Oreolando Mallary
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) and Oreolando Mallary
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
Courtesy of Yab Yum Entertainment
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Meh.
21 September 2004 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

I got an opportunity to see Waiting To Exhale for the second time recently, the first time shortly after it came out, and now now. I can't say time has improved my thoughts of the film, which is odd, as I seemed to recall really enjoying this the first time it came out. (Maybe I should watch 'Homeward Bound' again, as I LOVED that movie the first time I saw it) The only actress really to impress in this movie is of course the amazing Angela Bassett who growls and hisses every chance she gets! I really liked this character, and I felt for the trials she was going through. The other character I liked was the one played by Loretta Devine, who was cute as the overweight mother who unexpectedly falls in love. I kind of thought the Lela Rachon character was underwritten, and seemed to almost revel in her wantonness. lol. As for Miss Houston, when I was watching her "act", well, Chesty Morgan's performance in "Deadly Weapons" came to mind for some odd reason, as it appears the acting thing was becoming a struggle, and wasn't going to last for too long.. All in all, I wasn't really disappointed in the film, it just slid off...


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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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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