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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.

Director:

George Tillman Jr.
6 wins & 11 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 »

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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

At the beginning of the scene for the Sunday dinner that Ahmad arranged, there is a pitcher of grape or purple Kool-Aid. When the meal starts, the glasses are filled with a red drink. 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

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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User Reviews

Yum...
2 July 2001 | by muser1See all my reviews

I love this movie.

I just saw it for the first time and could kick myself for waiting so

long. Brandon Hammond is a hoot and Viveca A. Fox was wonderful. It is

so nice to see a movie centered around an African-American family that

wasn't about hoods or hip-hop. Every family, black or white or

whatever, can identify with the kinds of problems this family had.

There is a poignant, endearing quality to this movie that just appealed

to me and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a "feel-good" fix

without the sweet-as-saccharine quality so many movies have.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soul Food 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

Gross USA:

$43,700,855

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,700,855
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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