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Soul Food (1997)

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One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

Director:

George Tillman Jr.
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Williams ... Teri (as Vanessa L. Williams)
Vivica A. Fox ... Maxine
Nia Long ... Bird
Michael Beach ... Miles
Mekhi Phifer ... Lem
Brandon Hammond ... Ahmad
Jeffrey D. Sams ... Kenny
Gina Ravera ... Faith
Irma P. Hall ... Mother Joe
Carl Wright ... Reverend Williams
Mel Jackson ... Simuel
Morgan Méchelle Smith Morgan Méchelle Smith ... Kelly
John M. Watson Sr. John M. Watson Sr. ... Uncle Pete
M.T. Alexander M.T. Alexander ... Jada
Lawrence Petty ... Harome
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

A story of the people who make us strong and the recipe that makes us a family. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mama főztje See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,197,897, 28 September 1997

Gross USA:

$43,700,855

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,700,855
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Irma P. Hall is the only cast member who reprised their role 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 »

Quotes

Bird: Who is that hoochie-koochie mama with her fat ass all over my man on the dance floor?
[Tearing up]
Bird: This is my wedding day! I'm supposed to be happy!
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Alternate Versions

The first version of this movie that George Tillman Jr made was entitled Spice of Life. It was released on a local cable access channel in Milwaukee, WI. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Boondocks: The Itis (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Not Makin' Love No More
Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for ECAF Productions, Inc. and Daryl Simmons for Silent Partner Productions Inc.
Performed by Dru Hill
Dru Hill appears courtesy of University Music Entertainment/Island Records
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So True Its Scary
23 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

When I first saw this film it reminded me so much of my family I actually got nervous. The story depicted in this film is so true especially in many Black families, especially mine. The story is pretty much about how a family breaks up after the matriarch becomes ill and eventually dies causing rifts to develop due to the fact that the one person who keeps the family grounded is no longer around to mediate disputes and to show love and guidance to the younger generation. This is definitely a wonderful film that should be viewed by every family no matter what race they are.


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