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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.

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Jonathan Lynn

Writers:

Elizabeth Hunter (story), Elizabeth Hunter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Herself (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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Taglines:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borilačko iskustvo 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:

$32,445,215
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Other than Darrin's marriage proposal, Darrin and Lilly never state their love (or true feelings) towards each other at all in the film. See more »

Goofs

Johnson's tattoo disappears when he sings in the church. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Lewis: Love your enemies, it will drive them crazy.
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Connections

Features Cribs (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Bounce
By Louis Brown, Scott Parker and T-Bone (as Rene Sotomayer)
Performed by T-Bone
Produced by Buster and Shavoni
T-Bone performs courtesy of Flicker Records
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Must Be The Music
24 September 2003 | by BoutdatDoughSee all my reviews

Hmm..an MTV production-doesn't suprise me a bit. However, I'll have to agree with the majority of the people out here-the music is what made the film. With top legendary gospel singers like Shirley Ceasar and Levert Sr., no wonder that choir was pumping!

Beyonce's reindiction of "Fever" was very nice, although, I think they downplayed her look a little too much in the movie-they didn't want the famous "pop star" to leak out. Her acting was mediocre, given that she didn't have much to work with being that the plot was so limited.

The soundtrack is awesome, that's all I can say.


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