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Waiting to Exhale ()


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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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Savannah Jackson
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Bernadine Harris
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Gloria Matthews
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Robin Stokes
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Marvin King
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Kenneth Dawkins
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Troy
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John Harris, Sr.
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Russell
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Michael Davenport
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Tarik Matthews
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Lionel
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Onika Harris
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John Harris, Jr.
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Denise
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Joseph
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Minister
Theo ...
On Air D.J.
Ken Love ...
D.J. at the Hermosa
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Fireman
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Savannah's Mother
Shari L. Carpenter ...
Savannah's Assistant
Thomas R. Leander ...
Interviewer
Cordell Conway ...
Group at Hermosa Table
Lee Wells Jr. ...
Group at Hermosa Table
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Group at Hermosa Table
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Tarik's Girl Friend
Luis Sharpe ...
Herbert Webster
Joseph S. Myers ...
Security Guard at John's Office
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Wild Bill
Ellin La Var ...
Hairdresser (as Ellin LaVar)
Patricia Anne Fox ...
Customer at Hair Salon
Wally Bujack ...
Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Shopping Mall Extra (uncredited)
William Bolander ...
Open Air Market Shopper / New Year's Eve Partier (uncredited)
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Bernadine's Lawyer (uncredited)
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Musician (uncredited)
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David Matthews (uncredited)
Wanda-Lee Evans ...
Jane Millhouse (uncredited)
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Neighbor (uncredited)
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Church Patron (uncredited)
Bob Huff ...
Open Air Market Shopper (uncredited)
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Kathleen (uncredited)
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New Year's Eve Partier (uncredited)
Tim Sauer ...
Party Goer (uncredited)
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Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
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James Wheeler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Forest Whitaker

Written by

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Terry McMillan ... (novel)
 
Terry McMillan ... (screenplay) &
Ronald Bass ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Ronald Bass ... executive producer
Caron K ... associate producer
Terry McMillan ... executive producer
Deborah Schindler ... producer
Ezra Swerdlow ... producer

Music by

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Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds

Cinematography by

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Toyomichi Kurita ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Chew

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Dan Fouts ... assistant editor: avid
Margaret Guinee ... assistant editor
John Hoeren ... assistant editor
Dennis McNeill ... color timer
Christy Richmond ... first assistant editor
Liv Torgerson ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jaki Brown ... (as Jaki Brown-Karman)

Production Design by

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David Gropman

Art Direction by

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Marc Fisichella

Set Decoration by

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Michael W. Foxworthy

Costume Design by

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Judy L. Ruskin

Makeup Department

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Sandra A. Coley-Greene ... additional makeup artist
Roxanna Floyd ... makeup artist: Ms. Bassett
Latonya Hill ... hair stylist: Ms. Houston, Monument Valley
Joseph P. Hurt ... assistant makeup artist
Ellin La Var ... hair stylist: Whitney Houston
Ted Long ... key hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson ... hair stylist: Ms. Bassett
Ellie Winslow ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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James Bigwood ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Walter W. Parry Jr. ... second second assistant director
Joseph Ray ... first assistant director
Roni Wheeler ... second assistant director (as Roni Wheeler Poole)

Art Department

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Karen Agresti ... buyer (as Karen Agresti Clark)
Cheyenne Ali ... painter
Arthur Allyn ... construction foreman
Mark Balda ... carpenter
Michael Blair ... carpenter
Adam J. Braff ... leadman
William Butler ... set dresser
Howard J. Clark ... set dresser
Marc Fambro ... carpenter (uncredited)
George A. Fleming ... painter
Tony Gibson ... set dresser
Joel S. Griffith ... paint foreman
Bill Holmquist ... construction coordinator
Kalina Ivanov ... storyboard artist
John Paul 'J.P.' Jones ... property master
Bill Land ... set dresser
David K. McDougall ... painter
Donovan H. Miller ... assistant props
Craig Anthony Muzio ... lead scenic
Vikki Warren Muzio ... painter
Chris R. Nave ... carpenter
Denise Ogawa-Jacinto ... on-set dresser (as Denise Ogawa)
Jack Orlando ... carpenter
David Peck ... carpenter
Shelly Pedretti ... buyer
Jim Peres ... painter
Susan Rubin ... art coordinator
Anthony Taylor ... on-set scenic
John 'Skip' Weaver ... assistant props
Laura Cartwright ... carpenter (uncredited)
Kelly Hannafin ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Lou Angelo ... adr editor
Albert Aquino ... boom operator
Carmen Baker ... first assistant sound editor
Bill W. Benton ... re-recording mixer
Barbara J. Boguski ... adr supervisor (as Barbara Boguski)
Jim Brookshire ... dialogue editor
Ted Caplan ... digital sound assistant
Chris Carpenter ... re-recording mixer
Tim Chau ... sound supervisor
Scott Curtis ... foley editor
Susan Dawes ... adr assistant (as Susan Shackelford)
Linda Di Franco ... adr group editor (as Linda DiFranco)
Albert Gasser ... sound effects editor
Craig Heath ... sound recordist
Doug Hemphill ... re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Hilda Hodges ... foley artist
R.J. Kizer ... dialogue editor
Mary Jo Lang ... foley mixer
Diane Linn ... adr recordist
Robert Renga ... sound recordist
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer
John Roesch ... foley artist
Denis St. Amand ... stage engineer
Donald Sylvester ... foley editor (as Don Sylvester)
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist
Paul Urmson ... sound effects editor
Gayle Wesley ... technical supervisor
Russell Williams II ... sound mixer
Ronald L. Wright ... cableman
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Christine Sirois ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Thomas C. Ford ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Karen deJong ... matte painter
Daniel Leung ... digital compositor
Gregory L. McMurry ... visual effects supervisor
Ethan Phillips ... visual effects CLT

Stunts

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Rawn Hutchinson ... stunt coordinator
Brandon Sebek ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lennon Bass Jr. ... electrician
Sarah Elspeth Black ... electrician
Davie Carothers ... additional first assistant camera
Nicole Corre ... electrician
Jeffrey Douglas ... best boy grip
Michael S. Epley ... dolly grip
Alisa Faloona ... camera assistant: Monument Valley
Randy Feemster ... additional camera operator
Michael P. Fredrickson ... grip
Kirk R. Gardner ... camera operator
Janene Garey ... camera loader
Nicola Goode ... still photographer
Dylan Goss ... camera assistant: SpaceCam, Monument Valley (as Dylan M. Gross)
Mark D. Greene ... grip
Paul Gyorgy ... electrician
Nathan Hathaway ... electrician
Michael Kelem ... camera operator: SpaceCam, Monument Valley
David Lee ... gaffer
Mike 'Tiny' Lehan ... grip: Monument Valley
Dennis Lynch ... second assistant camera
Michael Milella ... key grip: Monument Valley
Reggie Newkirk ... first assistant camera
George Peters ... best boy grip: Monument Valley
John Poliak ... video assist operator: Monument Valley
David L. Starkey ... grip
Jeffery J. Tufano ... additional camera operator (as Jeffrey Tufano)
Andrew T. Watts ... best boy electric
Tony Whitman ... key grip
Claudell Young ... grip
Robert Amses ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Dan Bennett ... key rigging grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Robyn M. Mitchell ... casting assistant
Winsome Sinclair ... extras casting (as Winsome G.M. Sinclair)
Todd Thaler ... casting: New York (as Todd M. Thaler)
Traci Runcie Williams ... extras casting assistant (as Traci Runcie)
Christian Kaplan ... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gina G. Aller ... set costumer
Amy Andrews ... set costumer
Suzanne Bantit ... costumer
Hugo Peña ... costume supervisor (as Hugo Pena)
June Barney ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Raquel Stewart ... tailor (uncredited)

Location Management

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P.J. Connelly ... location manager: Monument Valley
Michael S. Dunitz ... location assistant
Rick Rothen ... location manager
Orville Sisco ... assistant location manager: Monument Valley

Music Department

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Wenda Bragg ... choir
Bob Brockman ... music mixer
Deborah Coleman ... choir
Sharon Coleman ... choir
Tameca Coleman ... choir
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds ... executive producer: soundtrack album (as Babyface)
Alicia M. Estes ... choir
Brenda L. Felix ... choir
Brian K. Felix ... choir
Jon Gass ... music mixer
Brad Gilderman ... music mixer
Frank Heard ... choir
April D. Hollen ... choir
Doris W. Hudson ... choir
Esther M. Hughes ... choir
Ruth 'Action' Jackson ... choir
Joann Y. Johnson ... choir
Michelle Antonett Johnson ... choir
Vickie Johnson ... choir
Carlton Kaller ... music editor
Robert Kraft ... Executive In Charge of Music
Brenda E. Lewis ... choir
Stephanie Lowry ... assistant music editor
Jeremy Lubbock ... additional music arranger: strings
Minnie McGruder ... choir
Juanita Miller-Johnson ... choir
Zelean Barbara Peniston ... choir
Ken Pettigrew ... choir
William Ross ... conductor / orchestrator
Angie Rubin ... assistant music editor
Bert Russell ... choir
Ivy Skoff ... soundtrack production coordinator
Shamoan Lamar Sledge ... choir
Janie Joy Tate ... choir
Nancy Taylor ... choir
Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer
Betty A. Ware ... choir
Mary E. Warner ... choir
Tausha R. Washington ... choir
Forest Whitaker ... soundtrack executive producer
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Frank Macchia ... music preparation (uncredited)
Laura Perlman ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
William Ross ... score conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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J. Wesley Adams ... transportation captain
Jim Petti ... transportation co-captain
Brian Steagall ... transportation coordinator
Tommy Wattley ... transportation coordinator: Ms. Houston
Jason LaFountain ... driver (uncredited)
Todd Painter ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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R. Elizabeth Aaron ... production assistant
Laurie Badami ... personal secretary: Ms. Houston
Ryan Stefan Bantu ... set production assistant (as Ryan-Shyheim)
Bill Bennett ... desert shot supervisor: Monument Valley
Gray Beverley ... assistant: Mr. Whitaker
Jocelyn L. Brewer ... production secretary
Lashan Browning ... assistant: Ms. Schindler and Mr. Swerdlow (as LaShan A. Browning)
Darcy J. Bruno ... teacher
William K. Buckley ... office assistant
Shari L. Carpenter ... script supervisor
Cheryl A. Carroll ... set production assistant
Robyn Crawford ... executive assistant: Ms. Houston
Robert DiPanni ... projectionist
Stasia Droze ... assistant: Ms. Schindler and Mr. Swerdlow
Judi Fates ... assistant: Ms. McMillan
Heidi Fugeman ... set production assistant
Jeff Seymann Gilbert ... office assistant (as Jeffrey B. Seymann)
Bree Giron ... set production assistant
Patricia Ann Holmes ... assistant production accountant
Craig Lynch ... craft service
Dianne Mapp-Cheek ... production accountant (as Dianne Cheek Blasco)
Karen Mattingly ... script supervisor: Monument Valley
Sandra McNeil ... teacher
Costas Michalopoulos ... assistant: Ms. Schindler and Mr. Swerdlow
Brenda Morris ... assistant production accountant
Kitty Olisky ... production coordinator
Lillian Pyles ... assistant production coordinator
Marie Randall ... craft service
David M. Roberts ... security: Ms. Houston
Andrew T. Rothmund ... assistant: Ms. Bassett
Stephen Rupsch ... set production assistant
Charles H. Smith ... craft service
Betsy Sokolow ... unit publicist
Craig Starkey ... set production assistant
Scott Stravitz ... medic
Solombra Tucker ... assistant: Mr. Edmonds
Sylvia Vejar ... personal assistant: Ms. Houston
Randy Walker ... technical assistant: Mr. Edmonds
Robert Wheaton ... film researcher
Michael Hendrickson ... production executive (uncredited)
Devon Kellgren ... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Moncrief ... video/computer playback operator (uncredited)
Golan Ramraz ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crystal Weaver ... production coordinator: additional shooting (uncredited) / staff production coordinator (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Friends are the people who let you be yourself... and never let you forget it. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Où sont les hommes? (France)
  • Warten auf Mr. Right (Germany)
  • Waiting to Exhale - Warten auf Mr. Right (Germany)
  • Esperando un respiro (Spain)
  • Az igazira várva (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Box Office

Budget $16,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $81,452,156

Did You Know?

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Trivia During the car burning scene, Angela Bassett's monologue was completely improvised. See more »
Goofs Gloria's right earring appears and disappears during her conversation with her ex-husband about their son. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Whitney Houston: Exhale, Shoop Shoop (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Exhale (Shoop Shoop) See more »
Quotes Fireman: Ma'am, were you aware that your car was on fire?
[Bernadine nods her head while smoking a cigarette]
Fireman: Ma'am, did you start this fire?
[she puffs smoke and plainly looks at him]
Fireman: You know, it's against the law to burn anything except trash in your yard.
Bernadine Harris: [flicks off ashes from her cigarette] It is trash.
Fireman: Look, this is a nice area. Luckily, a neighbor cared enough. Listen, the next time you want to burn something...
Bernadine Harris: It won't happen again.
[she shuts the door in his face]
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