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The Preacher's Wife (1996)

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An angel comes to Earth to help a preacher save his church and his family.


Penny Marshall


Robert Nathan (novel), Robert E. Sherwood (earlier screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Dudley
Whitney Houston ... Julia Biggs
Courtney B. Vance ... Reverend Henry Biggs
Gregory Hines ... Joe Hamilton
Jenifer Lewis ... Margueritte Coleman
Loretta Devine ... Beverly
Justin Pierre Edmund ... Jeremiah Biggs
Lionel Richie ... Britsloe
Paul Bates ... Saul Jeffreys
Lex Monson Lex Monson ... Osbert
Darvel Davis Jr. Darvel Davis Jr. ... Hakim
William James Stiggers Jr. William James Stiggers Jr. ... Billy Eldridge
Marcella Lowery ... Anna Eldridge
Cissy Houston ... Mrs. Havergal
Aaron A. McConnaughey Aaron A. McConnaughey ... Teen


Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help - and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley. However, Dudley's arrival seems to cause even more trouble... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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They needed help. What they got was a miracle.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Though Jenifer Lewis plays Whitney Houston's mother, she is only six years older. See more »


Towards the end of the film Julia and Henry don't know or remember Dudley at all even tho both of them knew who he was throughout the film, but their son Jeremiah is the only one that knows and remembers Dudley. See more »


Jeremiah Biggs: Just because you can't see the air doesn't keep you from breathing. And just because you can't see God doesn't keep you from believing.
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Featured in Whitney Houston: I Believe in You and Me (1996) See more »


Written by Kirk Franklin
Performed by Whitney Houston with the Georgia Mass Choir
Courtesy by Arista Records
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Boring, predictable film.
19 December 1998 | by Brad K.See all my reviews

Denzel Washington (Glory, Crimson Tide) is a good actor, but there isn't much he could do about The Preacher's Wife a boring and predictable film. Denzel stars as an angel who is sent to Earth to help out the preacher, played by Courtney B. Vance (Hamburger Hill, Panther), with his church and family. Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard) plays his wife who Denzel gets a crush on. The film had some potential with Washington as an angel, but can't do anything with it. Houston is OK as the wife. Vance is a talented actor and does the best he can with a boring role. For those who are interested, my mom loved the film and owns it, so I recommend the film if you like movies such as, While You Were Sleeping and Sleepless in Seattle.

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Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,649,752, 15 December 1996

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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