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Holiday Heart (2000)

A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writers:

Cheryl L. West (teleplay), Cheryl L. West (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ving Rhames ... Holiday Heart
Alfre Woodard ... Wanda Dean
Jesika Reynolds ... Niki Dean (as Jessika Quynn Reynolds)
Mykelti Williamson ... Silas
Johnathan Wesley Wallace Johnathan Wesley Wallace ... Jambalaya Blue (as Johnathan Wallace)
Philip Maurice Hayes ... Sergeant
Blu Mankuma ... Pastor Henry
Lorena Gale ... Mrs. Owens
James Kidnie ... Penthouse M.C.
Benz Antoine ... Fisher
Guy Fauchon Guy Fauchon ... Travel Agent Dan
Ron Selmour ... LT (as Ronald Selmour)
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ... Mrs. Walker
Mary Antonini ... Sarah
Emy Aneke ... Ricky
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A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

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He'll do anything in his power... to keep them together. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Both Ving Rhames and Mykelti Williamson have portrayed fight promoter Don King. Rhames played King in Don King: Only I. America (1997). Williamson played King in Ali (2001). See more »

Goofs

When Silas teaches Holiday how to play the Nintendo N64, the game is Super Mario 64, when only a few seconds earlier the game was clearly Super Smash Bros, which only features the character Mario. See more »

Quotes

Wanda: Why are you being so good to us? And just so you know, I don't do fags.
Holiday Heart: Good, because just so YOU know, I don't do no-account evil bitches who sleep all day instead of taking care their damn children, okay?
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Connections

Referenced in On Cinema: 'Solace' and 'The Light Between Oceans' (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love the Nightlife
Written by Alicia Bridges and Susan Hutcheson
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Ten out of Ten. Without a doubt.
14 April 2005 | by mrgray83See all my reviews

Holiday Heart is the tale of Holiday, a talented drag queen and how his life intertwines with the lives of a young girl named Nikki and her mother, who tries to kick a drug habit during the course of the film. Holiday is at first accepted by the mother and child after he saves them from an abusive relationship, only to be rejected by them when a new love enters the mother's life. The new love is a drug dealer, but does not approve of the mother using drugs. She eventually goes back to the drugs and he cuts her loose. After she disappears Holiday has to step back in to help take care of Nikki, which he does, even though he has dreams of getting away to Paris to start a new life since he recently lost the love of his life.

Where do I start with this film? The acting is TOP NOTCH. Ving Rhames, who plays Holiday, gives one of the best performances I have ever seen in my lifetime. Alfre Woodard, who plays the mother, just steals the show though. Her portrayal of an addicted mother is so great that words can do it no justice. It really has to be seen. The child actor turns in an outstanding performance as the child distraught over her mother's problems. I was extremely impressed at how she was so adult in many scenes, due to the fact that such a life will cause a child to grow up very quickly.

I rate this a solid 10 out of 10. One of the greatest films I've ever seen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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