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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Whitney Houston suffered a cocaine overdose during the film's production. See more »

Goofs

When Robin is in bed with Michael, she takes off her underwear and then when he goes to put the condom on, but a minute later her underwear is still on. 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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Referenced in This Is Us: A Hell of a Week: Part One (2020) See more »

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Somewhere There Is a Love
Performed by De De O'Neal
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for Ecaf Productions
Courtesy of LaFace Records
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Good movie
5 March 2002 | by sam_nasSee all my reviews

This was a good movie, even though I'm not the target audience. It's nice to see that black women had a movie about them, and thanks to the star power of Whitney Houston it became no.1 and was a big hit. I am actually tired of reading little comments saying that Whitney isn't that good of an actress because all of those comments are based on the fact that she's a singer. If she wasn't a famous singer, nobody would say anything bad about her acting. IMO, she acted very well just like in all her movies, she's not an oscar caliber actress (very few are) but she definitely has screen presence, charisma and gets the job done. Stop hating her because she's a singer, unlike Madonna or Mariah, Whitney at least did some quality work with some quality people, and she hasn't had flops & horrible movies.


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