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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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Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
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Maxine
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Bird
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Miles
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Lem
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Ahmad
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Kenny
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Faith
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Mother Joe
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Reverend Williams
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Simuel
Morgan Méchelle Smith ...
Kelly
John M. Watson Sr. ...
Uncle Pete
M.T. Alexander ...
Jada
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Harome
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Nicole
Bernard Mixon ...
Dr. Benson
Hamp Clemons ...
Hamp
Theron Touché Lykes ...
Blimp
Martell Hill Edmond ...
Ahmad - Age 4
Ras Majah Couzan ...
Dread Man
James W. Boinski ...
Foreman
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Printing Company Owner
Joan Collaso ...
Choir Member
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Funeral Minister (as Donn C. Harper)
George Brashear ...
Blimp's Henchman #1
Larry C. Tankson ...
Blimp's Henchman #2
Austin Curtis ...
Family Member
Sylvester Phifer ...
Bartender
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Studio Engineer
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Band Member #1
Kevon Edmonds ...
Band Member #2
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Band Member #3
Jo Jo Hailey ...
Band Member #4
K-Ci Hailey ...
Band Member #5
Simon Horrocks ...
Band Member #6
Randy Walker ...
Band Member #7
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Teri's Secretary
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Salon Patron (uncredited)
Juan Marsh ...
Party Goer (uncredited)
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Hair Client (uncredited)
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Sanjay (uncredited)
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Boy Friend #1 (uncredited)
Greg Wittman ...
Orderly (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Tillman Jr.

Written by

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George Tillman Jr. ... (written by)

Produced by

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Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds ... executive producer
Tracey E. Edmonds ... producer
Michael McQuarn ... co-producer
Robert Teitel ... producer
Llewellyn Wells ... line producer

Music by

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Lisa Coleman ... (music by)
Wendy Melvoin ... (music by)

Cinematography by

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Paul Elliott ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John Carter ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Fred Chandler ... post production executive
Dennis McNeill ... color timer
DeNon Porter ... assistant editor (as Denon Porter)
Ron Radvinsky ... assistant editor
Dirk Westervelt ... associate editor
Steve Kraus ... editing systems technician (uncredited)

Casting By

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Robi Reed ... (as Robi Reed-Humes)

Production Design by

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Maxine Shepard

Art Direction by

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Cydney M. Harris

Set Decoration by

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Joe Bristol

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Salvador Pérez Jr. ... (as Salvador Perez)

Makeup Department

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Kate Best ... makeup artist: Ms. Williams
Eadra Brown ... first assistant hair
Timothy M. Carter Sr. ... hairstylist
Sterfon Demings ... key hair
Cat'Ania McCoy-Howze ... key makeup artist
Denise Wynbrandt ... first assistant makeup (as Denise J. Wynbrandt)

Production Management

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Thomas J. Busch ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Randy Fletcher ... first assistant director
Stefanie Moore ... second second assistant director (as Stefanie A. Moore)
Jono Oliver ... second assistant director

Art Department

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John Ahlgren ... painter (as John W. Ahlgren)
Martin Barba ... carpenter
Michael Beavers ... carpenter (as Michael J. Beavers)
Mary A. Brady ... buyer
Michael L. Butkovich ... painter
David J. Chamerski ... assistant property master
Frank Coronado ... illustrator
William Dambra ... property master
Edward England ... construction coordinator (as Ed England)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato ... painter
Frank Ferrari ... labor foreman (as Frank M. Ferrari)
Matt Gibson ... carpenter
Mishell Glockler ... art department coordinator
Harry N. Haase ... lead painter
Gary Happ ... construction foreman
James Hartnett ... carpenter (as James M. Hartnett)
Mike Hohe ... carpenter (as Michael Hohe)
Aaron C. Holden Jr. ... on-set dresser
Tom Holloway ... carpenter (as Thomas Holloway)
Gregg Jarrett ... carpenter (as Gregg A. Jarrett)
John Kroll ... carpenter
Mel P. Mack ... carpenter
Stanley Mack ... carpenter (as Stanley N. Mack)
Christ Maentanis ... painter (as Chris Maentanis)
Cyril H. Matthys ... swing gang (as Cy Matthys)
Quentin Matthys ... swing gang
John McHugh ... carpenter
Freddie Mikels ... painter (as Fred Mikles)
Darryl Parker ... carpenter
Joel Prihoda ... leadman
Daniel R. Sarich ... painter
Daniel Simone Sr. ... painter (as Daniel Simone)
Joe E. Skinner ... painter
John J. Slove Jr. ... carpenter
Glenn Stevens ... carpenter (as Glenn A. Stevens)
James Topel ... carpenter (as Jim Topel)
Scott Troha ... swing gang
Tim Wilp ... painter (as Timothy W. Wilp)
Dino P. Yario ... painter (as Dino Yario)
Mark Anthony Besozzi ... swing gang (uncredited)
John J. Slove Jr. ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bobbi Banks ... adr editor
Ricardo Broadus ... sound effects editor
John Chandler ... foley editor
Paul Curtis ... dialogue editor
Elisabeth Flaum ... sound effects editor
Marshall Garlington ... re-recording mixer
Brian Geer ... foley mixer
Jason Johnston ... cableman
Michael Kamper ... sound effects editor
Jonathan Karp ... sound effects editor
Shawn Kennelly ... assistant adr mixer (as Sean Kennelly)
Jason King ... dialogue editor
Jason Lezama ... foley editor
Laura Macias ... foley artist
Larry Mann ... supervising sound editor (as Lawrence H. Mann)
Mike Moser ... sound effects editor (as Michael Moser)
Vince Nicastro ... foley artist
David Obermeyer ... sound mixer
Juan Peralta ... re-recording assistant
Colin Rogers ... adr recordist
Blair Scheller ... boom operator
Ann Scibelli ... supervising sound effects editor
Frederick H. Stahly ... dialogue editor
John C. Stuver ... adr editor (as Stuv)
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Tim Walston ... sound effects editor
Skip Williams ... sound effects editor
Ronald L. Wright ... cableman
Pembrooke Andrews ... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Douglas Hinton ... film-to-HDTV sound editor (uncredited)
John Lajvort ... sound editorial engineer (uncredited)
Liz Sroka ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Rodman Kiser ... special effects assistant (as Rod Kiser)
Tom Ryba ... special effects coordinator
Jeffery Lyle Segal ... special effects makeup

Visual Effects by

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Mindy Minkow ... optical camera (uncredited)

Stunts

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Iris Ade ... stunts (as Iris Adé)
Naima A. Dawson ... stunts
Randy Popplewell ... stunts (as Randy A. Popplewell)
Bobby Stuart ... stunts (as Bob Stuart)
Irvetta McMurtry ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Janice Arthur ... steadicam operator
Joseph P. Connelly ... electrician
Theodore A. Corso ... electrician (as Theadore A. Corso)
James Dewinski ... electrician (as Jim Dewinski)
Adam C. Eichhorst ... dolly grip (as Adam Eichhorst)
Joe Evreniadis ... company grip
Marco Fargnoli ... camera loader
John P. Friday ... best boy electric (as John Friday)
Dulce 'Candy' González ... camera operator
Andy Graham ... first assistant camera (as Andrew Graham)
Adam Griswold ... best boy rigging grip
Charles S. Hodes ... still photographer (as Chuck Hodes)
John Hudecek ... gaffer
Mort Hyatt ... electrician (as Morton E. Hyatt)
Harry P. Jackson III ... electrician
Gregory A. Jackson ... second assistant camera
Charles Jimenez ... key rigging grip
Michael Kohnhorst ... director of photography: second unit
Robert Krzeminski ... electric rigger
Dana Kupper ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael Lange ... company grip
Michelle Mann ... camera remote operator
Mark E. Matthys ... best boy grip
Donald E. Miller ... key grip
Peter Miller ... electrician
William R. Nielsen Jr. ... steadicam operator (as Bill Nielson Jr.)
Thomas J. Ridgen ... company grip (as Thomas J. Rigden)
Joe 'Jody' Williams ... camera production assistant (as Jody Williams)
Kyle Holden ... electrician (uncredited)
John T. Martin ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Sharon D. King ... casting: Chicago
Aimy Mhoon ... casting assistant
Mark A. Ridge ... extras casting (as Mark Ridge)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jacqueline S. Beatka ... seamstress
Jane Blank ... seamstress
Patrick Caulfield ... costumer
Gloria Coffey-Sharrieff ... costumer
Gina Marie Ome ... costumer
Nancy Takehara ... costume supervisor (as N. Rozakis Takehara)
Juanita White ... assistant to costume designer

Location Management

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Stephen Andrzejewski ... location manager
Dawn Smallman ... location assistant
George L. Tarrant Jr. ... location production assistant

Music Department

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Lisa Coleman ... soloist: piano
Neal Desby ... soloist: oboe
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds ... executive music producer
Dan Garde ... music editor
Clark Germain ... orchestra coordinator
Suzie Katayama ... orchestra consultant
Robert Kraft ... executive in charge of music
Wendy Melvoin ... soloist: drums and bass
William Motzing ... orchestra conductor (as Bill Motzing)
Andrew Scheps ... soloist: trumpet / underscore coordinator
Ty Swaggalee Scott ... singer
Danielle Diego ... music executive (uncredited)
Brad Gilderman ... music mixer (uncredited)
Stephanie Lowry ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Michael McQuarn ... music supervisor (uncredited)
David Sabee ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Alicia Accardo ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Michael J. Farej ... transportation co-captain
Patrick Lynn ... transportation captain (as Patrick J. Lynn)
John P. McAuliffe ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Gena Avery ... assistant: Ms. Williams
Brian W. Boyd ... assistant: Mr. Tillman (as Brian Boyd)
Ken Cabrera ... craft service (as Kenny Cabrera)
Harold Caldwell ... office production assistant
Dennis Cavalier ... payroll accountant
Roy E. Dean ... fire safety (as Roy E. Dean II)
Elizabeth Dollarhide ... assistant: Mr. Wells
Shara P. Fleming ... executive assistant: Mrs. Edmonds (as Shara Fleming)
Damon Glaspie ... set production assistant (as Damon 'Dee' Glaspie)
Russell Green ... office production assistant (as Russell A. Green)
Larry Hanks ... piano instructor
Poppy Hanks ... assistant: Mr. Teitel
Bernard G. Jacobs ... clothing provider: Mekhi Phifer, Marc Buchanan-Pelle Pelle
Darryl Johnson ... office production assistant (as Darryl E. Johnson)
Kathryn Madden ... medic (as Kathryn A. Madden)
Ademola McMullen ... set production assistant
Debbie Miller ... unit publicist
Melody L. Moses ... set production assistant
Mark A. Murphy ... first assistant accountant
Donna E. Oakes ... craft service
Margaret J. Orlando ... production coordinator
Dan Perri ... main title design
Freddie Petros ... food stylist
Terrie Quinlan ... studio teacher
Margaret A. Thomas ... assistant production coordinator
Vanessa Truvillion ... choreographer
Solombra Tucker ... executive assistant: Mr. Edmonds
Jon-Paul Velasquez ... set production assistant (as Jon Paul Velasquez)
Jane Chase Wells ... key set production assistant
James York ... medic
Ericka N. Shane ... accounting assistant: Chicago (uncredited)
Greg Whiteside ... computer/video playback operator (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A story of the people who make us strong and the recipe that makes us a family. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Líos de familia (Spain)
  • ソウル・フード (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Alimento da Alma (Brazil)
  • Hrana za dusu (Croatia)
  • I sapori della vita (Italy)
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  • 115 min
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Budget $7,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,197,897, 28 Sep 1997

Did You Know?

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Trivia Mekhi Phifer, who played Lem, was at one point married to Malinda Williams, who plays Bird in the cable series. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Peacemaker/Soul Food/The Edge/The Ice Storm/The Assignment (1997). See more »
Soundtracks A Song for Mama See more »
Quotes Mama Joe: You see, in life we all make some bad choices. My husband was a gambler. Almost cost us this house. But I worked, on my hands and knees, cleaning up after white folks. Taking in laundry. You do what you have to do to stay strong.
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