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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 ... 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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Details

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:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,758,372, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$30,238,577
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Sound Mix:

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

In the competition, the tall convict with the high pitched voice is handcuffed when he comes to the front of the stage. Moments later, he is dancing with one arm in front of him and one behind his back. From his sideways position, that would be impossible. See more »

Quotes

[Broadcasting from the picnic]
Miles Smoke: Congratulations to Willy Johnson's little boy, Bobby Johnson. He won the rock throwing contest. I don't know where that boy learn how to throw a rock like that at. Probably the one who broke the window down at the radio station. I ain't trying to put that out there or nothing, but somebody broke that window. I ain't sayin' he did it, but he sure can throw a rock, that's all I got to say.
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Soldier
Traditional
Arranged by Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, Joey Williams, Eric McKinnie,
John Chelew and Chris Goldsmith
Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
Produced by Loretha Jones and Joe Neil
The Blind Boys of Alabama perform courtesy of Real World Records
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Great Music - Puny Plot
3 March 2004 | by maryk-6See all my reviews

The song and dance and high energy expressions of faith and joy were a delight-- too bad the plot didn't have as much going for it.

Cuba Gooding is a remarkably talented guy, as in fact, were many of the cast members... the script just didn't give them much to work with. The plot is predictable and formulaic-- which isn't necessarily a terrible thing if it never-the-less shows you a really good time anyway. This movie tries to, but just falls flat whenever the music stops.

It was worth watching for the rousing good music, but certainly not something I feel any need to add to my dvd collection and ever watch again.


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