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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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Don't fight the feeling. 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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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Paulina Pritchett: Guns in church. The abomination that causes desolation.
Scooter: Well, heck, someone should have told me guns weren't allowed.
[pulls gun from waist band and sets on top of organ]
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Connections

Featured in Beyoncé Feat. Missy Elliott: Fighting Temptation (2003) See more »

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Brighter Days
By Rex Rideout, Lauren Evans and Dwight Sills
Performed by Lauren Evans
Courtesy of Kay Jay Songs
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White 2 Black
1 June 2007 | by movietrailSee all my reviews

To my surprise, this was not a movie about the Temptations.

This is one of those cute "black" movies that makes white people wish they were black so they could have so much fun -- and I don't necessarily mean that in a cynical way. Others that come to mind are "The Preacher's Wife", "The Five Heartbeats"... I like movies like this, if only for relief from always seeing the same white actors on screen.

Of course, just like all Hollywood movies, it is total fantasy, and this one even more so seeing as it it was made by MTV (just check out the number of deleted music sequences on the DVD!).

And if you love gospel music (even some who don't), you will love this movie, despite the fact that it looks like the songs were written first and a script later to patch them all together, taking many shameless cues from "Sister Act" -- both One and Two.

The script is pretty lame in many parts -- mostly with Cuba Gooding's lines -- and the punch depends on the goings-on of mostly bit parts. LaTanya Richards as Paulina is extremely convincing as the self-righteous church treasurer, but there are no really strong protagonists (the only one around dies in the first fifteen minutes) so she pretty much controls the plot single- handedly.

The movie is all about cameos. Cameos, cameos cameos!! Even Shirley Caeser plays (who else?) herself ! ! They might as well have called Beyonce Beyonce and Cuba Cuba.

One other good thing I can say for the movie is the positive mixing of races it shows, among so many movies that tend to show mainly conflict among them. In my experience, the kind of mixing as shown in this movie is the real world, rather than the 99.9% black "Preacher's Wife", or for that matter 100% whiteness of so many movies. Sure, it may be fantasy (there is absolutely no racial tension present in this movie despite so much mingling), but I root for the positive image it projects.

If you are a cynic, this movie is not for you, but if you need some warm fuzzies, go for it!


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