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Soul Food (1997)

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One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

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George Tillman Jr.
6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Williams ... Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
Vivica A. Fox ... Maxine
Nia Long ... Bird
Michael Beach ... Miles
Mekhi Phifer ... Lem
Brandon Hammond ... Ahmad
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Kenny
Gina Ravera ... Faith
Irma P. Hall ... Mother Joe
Carl Wright ... Reverend Williams
Mel Jackson ... Simuel
Morgan Méchelle Smith Morgan Méchelle Smith ... Kelly
John M. Watson Sr. John M. Watson Sr. ... Uncle Pete
M.T. Alexander M.T. Alexander ... Jada
Lawrence Petty ... Harome
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Storyline

Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Two of the sisters feud continuously: Teri is jealous of Maxine's marriage and irritated that everyone assumes her corporate salary is open to the rest of the family's uses. Maxine resents Teri's bossiness and insensitivity to family tradition. Bird, the youngest, newly married to an ex-con, accepts a favor from an old lover that leads to her husband's arrest. Mama Joe's grandson Ahmad cooks up a scheme to bring the family together, back to the table. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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There's Plenty For Everyone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mama főztje See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,197,897, 28 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,490,057, 23 January 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Courtney B. Vance was offered the role of Kenny Simmons, but had to turn it down as he was working on another project. See more »

Goofs

When Bird's co-workers are attacking Lem when he comes out the bathroom, he's wearing boxers under his towel. See more »

Quotes

Faith: [after Teri questions her motives for returning] I've changed.
Teri: Oh, you've changed? Don't you try and start any shit this time. You hear me?
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Alternate Versions

The first version of this movie that George Tillman Jr made was entitled Spice of Life. It was released on a local cable access channel in Milwaukee, WI. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Attack of the Clones Review (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby I
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Performed by Tenderoni
Tenderoni appears courtesy of Yab Yum Records / Epic Records
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Good, would see it again.
21 April 1999 | by Eve-14See all my reviews

The actors do a great job. It basically lays problems right out on the table which instead of ignoring problems that a lot of families are used to doing, this movie casts these things out to give us a sense that problems should be worked out. It follows the theme of how one should see that "family is a commitment to one another and not an obligation" very well.


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