Soul Food

Soul Food

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Director: George Tillman Jr.

Cast: George Tillman Jr., Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
George Tillman Jr.'s warm domestic comedy took its place as part of a wave of films that began appearing in the 1990s, all of which presented a more typical picture of African-American life than had previously been the norm. Soul Food mixes broad humor with melodrama, sibling rivalry, and a dash of sex, as its extended family of characters comes together every Sunday to chow down at the home of matriarch Mama Joe (Irma Hall). The script, which centers on the lives of the three very different daughters of Mama Joe, is jammed with the many subplots in their lives, but Tillman deftly interweaves their stories, registering the subtle ways in which anger and love intermingle among the sisters. Vanessa Williams and Viveca A. Fox stand out as two of the sisters, as does Brandon Hammond as Ahmad, the film's genial young narrator. The movie was an enormous hit, boosting the career of Tillman, who went on to direct the similarly successful Men of Honor.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/1998
UPC:
0086162449338
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vanessa Williams Teri
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 Mechelle Smith Kelly
John M. Watson Uncle Pete
Malik Yoba Studio Engineer

Technical Credits
George Tillman Director,Screenwriter
Joe Bristol Set Decoration/Design
John Carter Editor
Lisa Coleman Score Composer
Tracey E. Edmonds Producer
Kenneth Edmonds Executive Producer
Paul Elliott Cinematographer
Randy Fletcher Asst. Director
Cydney M. Harris Art Director
Michael McQuarn Co-producer
Wendy Melvoin Score Composer
David Obermeyer Sound/Sound Designer
Salvador Perez Costumes/Costume Designer
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
Maxine Shepard Production Designer
Robert Teitel Producer

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Soul Food 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please inform the world of the cookbook for the Soul food due to I'm not able to find an author nor a book. please help me search for this cook book thank you I want to purchase this book. PLease e-mail me at www.queenssh3@msn.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suitable for adults only. Great presentation of real family issues and how they could be dealt with. A matriarch passes her skills on to a young grandchild. The entire movie is narrated through the grandchild. While it is about an African Ameerican family, the issues affect all race and ethnic groups. Some scenes will be offesive to some adults. Reality is hard to deal with. Great for counselling, marriage prepreation, those dealing with families in crisis, and ministry. It will require a facilitor. Good for college Sociology, Psychology & MSW classes, as well as religious retreats. While many may not be personally involved in the issues discussed, they touch all families in some way or another in time. It has a fantastic ending that offers hope in some situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago