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The Preacher's Wife (1996)

The Preacher's Wife (1996)

The Preacher's Wife

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An angel wonders if love can be Heaven on Earth in this family-themed romantic fantasy. Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. Biggs is devoted to serving his flock and his community, but things are not easy; membership is down, money is tight, the furnace is broken, and real estate mogul Joe Hamilton (Gregory Hines) wants to buy the property and put up condominiums. The strain is taking its toll on Biggs' marriage to his childhood sweetheart Julia (Whitney Houston), and in a moment of desperation, he prays to the Lord for help. The prayer is answered in the form of Dudley (Denzel Washington), an angel sent to earth to assist Biggs. The preacher doesn't believe that Dudley is a divine being, but he'll take any help he can get, while Julia, who thinks that Dudley is just another community volunteer, welcomes him into their home. However, Dudley is sidetracked in his earthly mission when he finds himself falling in love with Julia. Leading lady Whitney Houston takes the opportunity to sing several gospel numbers along the way.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Allan Scott, Allan G. Scott, Nat Mauldin, Leonardo Bercovici
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Runtime:
Disney

Cast

Whitney Houston
as Julia Biggs
Courtney B. Vance
as Rev. Henry Biggs
Gregory Hines
as Joe Hamilton
Justin Pierre Edmund
as Jeremiah Biggs
Jenifer Lewis
as Marguerite Coleman
Lionel Richie
as Britsloe
Paul Bates
as Saul Jeffreys
Jernard Burks
as Pizza Man
Lex Monson
as Osbert
Marcella Lowery
as Anna Eldridge
Cissy Houston
as Mrs. Havergal
Jaime Tirelli
as Liquor Store Owner
Shari Headley
as Arlene Chattan
Juliehera DeStefano
as Receptionist
Charlotte D'Amboise
as Deborah Paige
Delores Mitchell
as Mary Halford
David Langston Smyrl
as Hanley's Waiter
Harsh Nayyar
as Christmas Tree Man
Roy Haynes
as Drummer
George Coleman
as Sax Player
Ted Dunbar
as Guitar Player
Jamil Nasser
as Bass Player
Toukie Smith
as Teleprompter Operato...
Mozelle Hawkins Alle...
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Eloise Beasley
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Yolanda Beasley-Prim...
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Dirk Chaney
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Brenda J. Childs
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
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Hayward Cromartie
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Betty Cromartie Davi...
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Valerie Inez Edwards
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Kimberley M. Garrett
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Rutha Harris
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Carolyn Henry
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Gary Nuckles-Holt
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Teretha G. Houston
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Angela L. Jones
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Morris Vernon Jones
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Rose Merry Jordan
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Jacqueline Martin
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Betty Matthews
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Naguanda Miller
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Sharon A. Mitchell
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Corey McGee
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Beverly S. Nixon
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Krishna Presha
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Jacqulyn V. Saunders
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Constance Small
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Troy L. Sneed Sr.
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Rev. Lawrence K. Tho...
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Ulisa A. Thomas
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
V. Ranaldo Welcome
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Berta J. Williams
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Kimberly L. Wright
as St. Matthew's Choir ...
Steven Brown
as Drummer
Rick Carter
as Bass Player
Sterling Holloman II
as Lead Guitar Player
Joshua Jordan
as Donkey, Nativity Ch...
Tiffany Joseph
as Shepherd, Nativity ...
Jessica Malloy
as Mary, Nativity Choi...
Amia Hart
as Beverly's Child
Brittany Anderson
as Sheep, Nativity Cho...
Christopher Malloy
as Angel, Nativity Cho...
Andal Fequiere
as Joseph, Nativity Ch...
Mark Gilbert
as Wise Man, Nativity ...
Michael Marshall
as Wise Man, Nativity ...
Shaun Purefoy
as Wise Man, Nativity ...
Tiffiny Money Graham
as Angel, Nativity Cho...
Khalia Hamilton-Mont...
as Angel, Nativity Cho...
Marquis Bowen-Wallac...
as Shepherd, Nativity ...
Lakeya Enos
as Shepherd, Nativity ...
Christine Lameisha K...
as Camel, Nativity Cho...
Anthony Biggham
as Lamb, Nativity Choi...
Taleah Enos
as Ox, Nativity Choir
Soul Tempo
as Painting Singer
Jerry Brunsin
as Painting Singer
Anthony Burnett
as Painting Singer
Kevin Mitchell
as Painting Singer
Phillip Mitchell
as Painting Singer
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Critic Reviews for The Preacher's Wife

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15)

There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.

Full Review… | September 24, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Preacher's Wife qualifies as old-fashioned Hollywood movie making at its corniest and most saccharine. But the mostly African American cast puts an engaging spin on the chestnut, and it works beautifully.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

For a movie that might have offered a new twist of the mistletoe, The Preacher's Wife delivers the Scrooge-like acceptable market minimum.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The Preacher's Wife is one Christmas picture that actually is in the spirit of the season. It's warm, sentimental, amusing yet serious, bringing fantasy to bear upon the painfully real.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Penny Marshall's remake of The Bishop's Wife is very uneven -- sometimes sweet or soulful, often stiff.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

As warm and cheery as a mug of hot cocoa on a frosty morn.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Preacher's Wife

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Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

Saw this one a few times when it was new. Liked it a good bit. Now I know it was right before Whitney turned crazy and as far from being like a preacher's wife than anything.

stormyweather980
Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Nice christmasy, heart warming movie. I think this was one of the first movies I'd seen Denzel in. He has a great smile. Great music by Whitney. Her voice is amazing.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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