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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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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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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

Jeffrey D. Samms, Michael Beach, and Brandon Hammond previously appeared in Waiting to Exhale (1995). 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

Maxine: Ahmad, what are you doin' in the ladies' bathroom?
Ahmad: Yo Bird! Big Mama said to bring yo' black ass out there!
Maxine: Boy, Big Mama told nobody's black ass to go nowhere!
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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 »


Soundtracks

In Due Time
Written by André Benjamin and Big Boi (as Antwan Patton)
Performed by Outkast featuring CeeLo Green of Goodie Mob
Produced by Outkast for Earthtone Ideas Music Inc.
OutKast and Cee-Lo appear courtesy of LaFace Records
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Family Love
24 September 2006 | by do-byeSee all my reviews

I totally enjoyed this movie. It had me full of emotion and rubbing my belly all at the same time. It's hard to understand why all families cannot sit down and enjoy times like the Joseph family had. Lem getting arrested, Teri & Max at each others throats, Mama Joe's illness, and Faith and Myles' bad deed really tested that love. This was a film that brought to light about hard times and rising above them. One person can make a difference. Ahmad proved that by getting the whole family back for "sunday dinner." It is always a silver lining to a negative situation. That food would definitely bring me back! We need more of these times in today's world. Forget materials things, love is bigger.


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