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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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Every family needs some. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Vanessa Williams was working on the film Hoodlum (1997) at the same time as this film. Since both movies were being filmed in Chicago, Williams would work on both films on different days. 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

Maxine: [after Bird discovers Lem dancing with his ex at her wedding reception] Now, that's what she gets. Bringing in somebody who ain't got nothing and putting him off on family.
Teri: What do you mean, putting him off on family? How about putting him off on me? I'm the one who paid for this wedding!
Maxine: [rolling her eyes] Teri, why do you ALWAYS have to let everybody know how much you pay for everything?
Teri: Because I DO.
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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

Spin-off Soul Food (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow Jam
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Bo Watson, Belinda Lipscomb and Sidney Johnson
Performed by Usher Raymond (as Usher) & Monica
Courtesy of LaFace 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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