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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.
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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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Taglines:

A story of the people who make us strong and the recipe that makes us a family. 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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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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Trivia

Film debut of Tamara Braun. See more »

Goofs

When Lem is sitting in the living room talking to Kenny at his house, you can see a light from the camera visible in the window behind them. See more »

Quotes

Teri: As far as you're concerned, I'm an ATM. Automatically Teri's Money.
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Don't Stop What You're Doing
Written by Lil' Kim (as K. Jones), Ron Lawrence (as R. Lawrence),
Sean 'Diddy' Combs (as S. Combs), Lonnie Simmons (as L. Simmons), Alisa P. Yarbrough (as A.P. Yarbrough) & Jonah Ellis (as J. Ellis)
Performed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs (as Puff Daddy) featuring Lil' Kim (as Lil' Kim)
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records / Arista Records
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Superb Movie!
26 October 1998 | by JAWSee all my reviews

This movie is fantastic! The acting is first-rate (especially Vivica A. Fox and Brandon Hammond). The storyline is touching, funny, and poignant. This film wisely avoids being a "chick flick" and tells about a regular middle-class African-American family, something we don't see in movies that often.


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