The Preacher's Wife (1996)

The Preacher's Wife (1996)

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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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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In Theaters:
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Studio:
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
Loretta Devine
as Beverly
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
Jernard B. Burks
as Pizza Man
Jaime Tirelli
as Liquor Store Owner
Shari Headley
as Arlene Chattan
Robert Colston
as Bailiff
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
Mervyn Warren
as Pianist
Roy Haynes
as Drummer
George Coleman
as Sax Player
Ted Dunbar
as Guitar Player
Jamil Nasser
as Bass Player
Helmar Augustus Cooper
as Johnson Keeley
Toukie Smith
as Teleprompter Operator
Mozelle Hawkins Allen
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Eloise Beasley
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Yolanda Beasley-Prime
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Cassondra M. Breedlove
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Dirk Chaney
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Brenda J. Childs
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Anthony Dean Copeland
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Hayward Cromartie
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Betty Cromartie Davis
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Valerie Inez Edwards
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Kimberley M. Garrett
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Rutha Harris
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Carolyn Henry
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Gary Nuckles-Holt
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Teretha G. Houston
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Angela L. Jones
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Morris Vernon Jones
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Rose Merry Jordan
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Jacqueline Martin
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Betty Matthews
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Naguanda Miller
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Sharon A. Mitchell
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Corey McGee
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Beverly S. Nixon
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Krishna Presha
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Jacqulyn V. Saunders
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Constance Small
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Troy L. Sneed Sr.
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Rev. Lawrence K. Thomas
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Ulisa A. Thomas
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
V. Ranaldo Welcome
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Berta J. Williams
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Kimberly L. Wright
as St. Matthew's Choir and Band Member
Steven Brown
as Drummer
Rick Carter
as Bass Player
Sterling Holloman II
as Lead Guitar Player
Kenneth Paden
as Pianist
Dwain L. White
as Organist
Jordan Aaron Carroll
as Eldridge Kid
Yakin Manassah Jordan
as Eldridge Kid
Joshua Jordan
as Donkey, Nativity Choir
Tiffany Joseph
as Shepherd, Nativity Choir
Jessica Malloy
as Mary, Nativity Choir
Amia Hart
as Beverly's Child
Brittany Anderson
as Sheep, Nativity Choir
Christopher Malloy
as Angel, Nativity Choir
Andal Fequiere
as Joseph, Nativity Choir
Mark Gilbert
as Wise Man, Nativity Choir
Michael Marshall
as Wise Man, Nativity Choir
Shaun Purefoy
as Wise Man, Nativity Choir
Tiffiny Money Graham
as Angel, Nativity Choir
Khalia Hamilton-Montoute
as Angel, Nativity Choir
Marquis Bowen-Wallace
as Shepherd, Nativity Choir
Lakeya Enos
as Shepherd, Nativity Choir
Christine Lameisha Koon
as Camel, Nativity Choir
Anthony Biggham
as Lamb, Nativity Choir
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

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.

Full Review… | September 24, 2002
Washington Post
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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.

Jason Owens
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.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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