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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.

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Penny Marshall

Writers:

Robert Nathan (novel), Robert E. Sherwood (earlier screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ask melegi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,649,752, 15 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,102,795
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During filming at a church in Yonkers, New York, a building a block away caught on fire and two children were killed. A crew member was able to save one four year old child. See more »

Quotes

Julia Biggs: Your mother would always tell me, "Girl, you need to get some meat on those bones. Henry ain't got nothing to grab on to back there!"
Rev. Henry Biggs: She just wanted you to eat, that's all.
Julia Biggs: No, she probably wanted me to be as fat as her.
Rev. Henry Biggs: She wasn't that fat.
Julia Biggs: Please, if a policeman saw your mama come walking down the street, he'd yell, "break it up!"
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Brawl in the Family (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

My Heart Is Calling
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Performed by Whitney Houston
Courtesy by Arista Records
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25 December 2009 | by carolynspringmorrisonSee all my reviews

A very long time ago I happened on "The Bishop's Wife" and really liked it, but it wasn't a Christmas classic and I never saw it again. So when I realized there was a "re-make" I was excited. I liked this story even better! I thought Whitney Houston was terrific and the rest of the characters (especially her mother) were also very enjoyable. Sometimes I just need a break from the mayhem and violence and this is a sweet, uplifting, old-fashioned Christmas pleasure I try to watch every year. If you like Denzel, if you like Lionel Ritchie, if you like Gregory Hines, and especially if you like gospel music, please give this movie a try.


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