ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES....EVER!!
What's it about?
In Penny Marshall's romantic comedy "The Preacher's Wife," Whitney Houston stars as the gospel-singing wife of Reverend Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance), a good man who is doubting his ability to make a difference in his troubled community and home. Help is on the way in the form of angel Dudley (Denzel Washington) who soon becomes both the source of and solution to their problems.
Caption: TOP ROW: Whitney Houston (left) stars as Julia Biggs, Denzel Washington (center) stars as an angel named Dudley, and Courtney B. Vance stars as Reverend Henry Biggs. BOTTOM ROW: Justin Pierre Edmund (left) as Jeremiah, Jenifer Lewis (center) as Marguerite Coleman, and Loretta Devine (right) as Beverly
Dudley.................................. Denzel Washington
Julia Biggs............................. WHITNEY HOUSTON
Reverend Henry Biggs.................... Courtey B. Vance
Joe Hamilton............................ Gregory Hines
Marguerite Coleman...................... Jenifer Lewis
Beverly................................. Loretta Devine
Jeremiah Biggs.......................... Justin Pierre Edmund
Britsloe................................ Lionel Richie
Saul Jeffreys........................... Paul Bates
Directed by............................. Penny Marshall
WARNING!!!The home video version of "The Preacher's Wife" is not the same as the televised version. This made me very frustrated and confused!
A Review About "The Preacher's Wife"
NEW YORK (CNN) -- As the holiday season gets under way once again, a few Hollywood producers are harping on the angel theme. Take "The Preacher's Wife" starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.
"Preacher's" angel is a dancing one; Washington had to learn how to move for the role. He demonstrated his dancing for a CNN camera crew, prompting a comment from CNN's Michael Okwu: "What was up with that?"
"You mean why'd I dance? or why'd I dance so bad?" Washington retorted. The actor himself characterized his dancing as "more and more bizarre" with every take.
"Basically, I'm a sucker for a laugh so I started building on it and building on it, and trying to squeeze -- I mean, I only had 30 seconds to dance, and I do about nine different dances," he said, demonstrating his James Brown moves, a little disco and some Popeye.
"I was like, what the heck are you doing?" co-star Whitney Houston said.
What Washington is doing is wooing Whitney, although inadvertently.
In the movie, Washington's character, Dudley the angel, is sent from heaven to help the good Rev. Henry Biggs, played by Tony-award nominee Courtney B. Vance. Biggs is losing his faith in spiritual power, and his marriage to his wife Julia, played by Houston, is on the skids. So, he asks God for help.
God sends Dudley, the well-groomed Cupid, to repair things. His lengthy absence from the material world has made him easily impressed by little things -- like the smell of soap. And his awkwardness eventually makes it obvious to many of the characters that there is an angel in their midst.
But ultimately, the stars say, the film not just a comedy. It is a visual testament of faith, "and hope," Houston said. "Belief and giving back to the community. Never abandoning the community, but replenishing it."
Penny Marshall's latest directing stint is a modern remake of the 1947 film "The Bishop's Wife," a movie she describes as "happy, singing, Christmas, go see it."
"Singing" and "Christmas" could also describe her remake, a Yuletide celebration of gospel singing, Whitney Houston style. Houston readily admits she drew from her own life to play the role of the gospel singer.
"Church and the gospel and the love of God for me" helped the role, she said. "If I closed my eyes, I would think I was back in church again when I was a child."
Washington admitted that -- unlike his dancing -- there's nothing strange about Houston's legendary voice. Working with her was good, he joked, "once I got her to understand how to sing."
From The Movie
Whitney Houston stars as Julia Biggs singing as head of the Church Gospel Choir. Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, also was part of the choir and played a minor role.
Dudley helps Julia shop for Christmas presents.
Dudley helps Julia pick up the Christmas tree and talks about her marriage to Henry and how to keep the flame alive.
Julia and Dudley ice skating. (The track "My Heart is Calling" plays in the backround")
Julia sings "I Believe in You and Me" at Jazzies, where Henry proposed.
Denzel Washington stars as Dudley
On the location set of "The Preacher's Wife," director Penny Marshall prepares to shoot a scene with stars Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.
Julia (Whitney) sings BeBe Winans' version of "Joy To The World."
The cast of "The Preacher's Wife" includes (clockwise from right) Denzel Washington, Justin Pierre Edmund, Darvel Davis Jr., Jenifer Lewis, Courtney B. Vance and Whitney Houston
1. I Believe in You and Me
2. Step by Step
4. Hold On, Help is on the Way
5. I Go to the Rock
6. I Love the Lord
7. Somebody Bigger Than You And I
8. You Were Loved
9. My Heart is Calling
10. I Believe In You and Me (single version)
11. Step By Step (remix)
12. Who Would Imagine a King
13. He's All Over Me
14. The Lord is My Shepherd
15. Joy to the World
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