Soul Food

1997

Soul Food

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This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad (Brandon Hammond). Ahmad's world revolves around his grandmother, Big Mama Joseph (Irma P. Hall) and her three daughters: workaholic attorney Teri (Vanessa Williams), newlywed salon owner Bird (Nia Long), and Ahmad's housewife mom, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox). Each sister is in turmoil. Teri has lost patience for her husband Miles (Michael Beach), who wants to quit the law and take up music. Bird doesn't realize that her husband Lem (Mekhi Phifer) is about to be humiliated by her ex-boyfriend (Mel Jackson). And while Maxine's relationship with her husband Kenny (Jeffrey D. Sams) is going well, her relationship with her jealous sister Teri needs fixing. These conflicts boil over at Big Mama's traditional Sunday dinners, where the matriarch plays peacemaker. The ritual faces extinction, however, when Big Mama suffers a stroke -- but Ahmad is waiting in the wings to take her place. Soul Food launched the directing career of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native George Tillman, Jr., who based the script on his own family experiences. In the summer of 2000, Soul Food was spun off into a cable TV series. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Carl Wright
as Rev. Williams
Bernard Mixon
as Dr. Benson
Martell Hill Edmond
as Ahmad (age 4)
Mike Bacarella
as Printing Company Owner
Joan Collaso
as Choir Member No. 1
Donn C. Harper
as Funeral Minister
George Brashear
as Blimp's Henchman No. 1
Larry C. Tankson
as Blimp's Henchman No. 2
Austin Curtis
as Family Member
Malik Yoba
as Studio Engineer
Babyface
as Band Member
Kevon Edmonds
as Band Member
Melvin Edmonds
as Band Member
Jo Jo Hailey
as Band Member
K-Ci Hailey
as Band Member
Simon Horrocks
as Band Member
Randy Walker
as Band Member
Tamara Braun
as Teri's Secretary
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  • Nov 02, 2008
    Awesome movie. For the food lovers. ;) This is a touching movie on family issues. One of my favorites.
    Donna D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2008
    It's all about family get together, no matter what...I don't care who you are...you have got to enjoy this one. Get this....it is maximum drama.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2008
    Love this movie...even though NO it does NOT try to be Friday(s)!! The family interactions are superiorly acted. Hard not to like most of these characters...deals with family rivalry....& what holds a family together!! UPLIFTING! even though of course there are REAL LIFE PROBLEMS!! Like for example Michael Beach's character stepping out n Vanessa Willaims' character....<div style="width:295px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/servlet/embed/photo/link/10563990"><img src="http://www.flixster.com/servlet/embed/photo/10563990.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>
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  • Nov 27, 2007
    I thought it was pretty amazing how ignorant the whole family was except the boy. but its a good story and makes me hungry.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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