Soul Food

September 26, 1997 0 By Fans
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Plot

Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her…

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.4/10 (3,054 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director:
George Tillman Jr.

Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long

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.

Cast:

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

Kelly


John M. Watson Sr.

Uncle Pete


M.T. Alexander

Jada


Lawrence Petty

Harome

Taglines:
Every family needs some.



Details

Official Website:
Fox |

Release Date: 26 September 1997

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $7,500,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,197,897
(USA)
(28 September 1997)
(1339 Screens)

Gross: $43,490,057
(USA)
(19 January 1998)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Irma P. Hall is the only cast member who reprised their role in the cable series.

Goofs:

Crew or equipment visible:
When Lem is sitting in the living room talking to Kenny at his house, you can see a light from the camera visible in the window behind them.

Quotes:

Maxine:
Ahmad, what are you doin' in the ladies' bathroom?

Ahmad:
Yo Bird! Big Mama said to bring yo' black ass out there!

Maxine:
Boy, Big Mama told nobody's black ass to go nowhere!



User Review

So True Its Scary

Rating:

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.