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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

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A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.

Director:

Jonathan Lynn

Writers:

Elizabeth Hunter (story), Elizabeth Hunter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Washington Nigel Washington ... Little Darrin
Chloe Bailey ... Little Lilly
Demetress Long Demetress Long ... Church Usher
Ann Nesby Ann Nesby ... Aunt Sally Walker
Faith Evans ... Maryann Hill
Melba Moore ... Bessie Cooley
Rosalie Washington Rosalie Washington ... Faye Jenkins
Ricky Dillard Ricky Dillard ... Choir Director
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ... Homer T. (as L. John Myers)
Shirley Caesar ... Self (as Reverend Shirley Caesar)
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Paulina Pritchett (as LaTanya Richardson)
Wendell Pierce ... Reverend Lewis
Lou Myers ... Homer T.
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Darrin Hill
Lourdes Benedicto ... Rosa Lopez
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Storyline

A New York advertising executive who is about to land a big account, has his life shaken up when it becomes known that he has lied about having a college degree. After being fired, his life is further shaken by his debtors who had counted on paying after landing the account. Having to go on the run, he is called back to his southern town roots, when his great aunt dies. At the reading of the will, he learns he has been asked to assume the mantle of choir director of his great aunt's church and if he can get the choir in the Gospel Explosion in Atlanta, he will inherit stock worth $150,000. Unfortunately the choir leaves a lot to be desired and he has to start recruiting. Among others, he gets three prisoners to join. More importantly, he gets a "sinner" from one of the local night clubs to join. While initially scorned and resisted, nonetheless her voice wins everyone but the hardcore church busybody. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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She was one temptation, he couldn't resist See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The church pews and minister's podium in the movie were taken from St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Atlanta and moved into a church in Senoia Georgia (the white one with the turret used in the exterior scenes). The minister's office, kitchen and the rehearsal space that's not the choir loft where they perform was filmed in the Atlanta church. St. Paul's used the money for allowing filming in the church to add air conditioning to the sanctuary. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, Lilly passes her and Darrin's new baby over to her grandfather for him to hold while they go perform. However, in the shots of the crowd behind Darrin, both the grandfather and the baby are nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Lilly: Dean is a gift from God.
Paulina Pritchett: So is snow and rain, but we still have to wear our rubbers.
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Connections

References Behind the Music (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Time To Come Home
Written by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Big Jim Wright (as James "Big Jim" Wright)
Performed by Beyoncé, Angie Stone and Melba Moore
Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Big Jim Wright (as James "Big Jim" Wright) for Flyte Tyme Fylms Inc.
Beyoncé performs courtesy of Columbia Records
Angie Stone performs courtesy of J Records
Melba Moore performs courtesy of Shout Glory! Music
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Tempting.
24 October 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

High-class New York advertising executive Cuba Gooding, Jr. is fired for lying on his resume (firing someone for that is about as dumb as firing someone for killing a cockroach). Immediately following that he learns that his elderly aunt has died. He decides to go back to the town of his youth, a place he has always been ashamed of, and finds out that she wanted him to take over the job of conducting the choir in the local Baptist Church. Gooding does not show much interest until he learns that $150,000 is involved. Thus he passes himself off as a musical specialist with hit-and-miss comedic results. Beyonce Knowles sizzles, as she always seems to do, as a cocktail bar singer who has been banned from the congregation for having a child out of wedlock. Needless to say, the choir needs her though and it becomes apparent that Gooding needs her as well. Wendell Pierce is impressive as the church's minister and his annoying sister (LaTanya Richardson) ends up being the villain here. Lots of energy from the cast and some admittedly great vocals are not enough to endear "The Fighting Temptations". The main problems are Gooding's uneven character (it is hard to always like him) and a seemingly endless running time (going just over two hours, too long for a movie like this). Knowles is the greatest reason to watch. She downs Pepsi Colas and sings her heart out with vigor and intensity. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Temptations See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,758,372, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$30,250,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,972,062
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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