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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dudley
... Julia Biggs
... Reverend Henry Biggs
... Joe Hamilton
... Margueritte Coleman
... Beverly
... Jeremiah Biggs
... Britsloe
... Saul Jeffreys
Lex Monson ... Osbert
Darvel Davis Jr. ... Hakim
William James Stiggers Jr. ... Billy Eldridge
... Anna Eldridge
... Mrs. Havergal
Aaron A. McConnaughey ... Teen
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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.


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »
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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$48,102,795
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Whitney Houston, Geogory Hines, and Loretta Devine also worked together in Waiting To Exhale (1995). See more »

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Rev. Henry Biggs: When we love someone we are really loving God.
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Featured in Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits (2000) See more »

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I Love The Lord
Written by Richard Smallwood
Performed by Whitney Houston with the Georgia Mass Choir
Courtesy by Arista Records
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Pretty Stupid Re-Make
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I just couldn't get into this film, a re-make of sorts of "The Bishop's Wife." The first hour was either annoying or just plain boring, and by then I didn't care what happened in the rest of the movie. Not much happened throughout this film, anyway.

The angel in here, "Dudley" (Denzel Washington) said things no angel would say, such as "If you're up there, Lord, then....."

"If???" He's an angel and he doesn't know if there is a God? Puh-leeze. What an insult to anyone's intelligence and beliefs. Only the secular film world have a dialog like this, where "Secular Humanism," not Christianity, is worshiped, as it is in this film.

Whitney Houston looked good in here, the best I've ever seen her. Washington went around with a sappy look on his face through most of the film. I wonder if he was just embarrassed starring in a dumb movie like this.


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