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The Fighting Temptations (2003)

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A New York advertising executive travels to a small Southern town to collect an inheritance but finds he must create a gospel choir and lead it to success before he can collect.

Director:

Jonathan Lynn

Writers:

Elizabeth Hunter (story), Elizabeth Hunter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Washington Nigel Washington ... Little Darrin
Chloe Bailey ... Little Lilly
Demetress Long Demetress Long ... Church Usher
Ann Nesby Ann Nesby ... Aunt Sally Walker
Faith Evans ... Maryann Hill
Melba Moore ... Bessie Cooley
Rosalie Washington Rosalie Washington ... Faye Jenkins
Ricky Dillard Ricky Dillard ... Choir Director
Larry John Meyers Larry John Meyers ... Homer T. (as L. John Myers)
Shirley Caesar ... Herself (as Reverend Shirley Caesar)
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Paulina Pritchett (as LaTanya Richardson)
Wendell Pierce ... Reverend Lewis
Lou Myers ... Homer T.
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Darrin Hill
Lourdes Benedicto ... Rosa Lopez
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Storyline

A New York advertising executive who is about to land a big account, has his life shaken up when it becomes known that he has lied about having a college degree. After being fired, his life is further shaken by his debtors who had counted on paying after landing the account. Having to go on the run, he is called back to his southern town roots, when his great aunt dies. At the reading of the will, he learns he has been asked to assume the mantle of choir director of his great aunt's church and if he can get the choir in the Gospel Explosion in Atlanta, he will inherit stock worth $150,000. Unfortunately the choir leaves a lot to be desired and he has to start recruiting. Among others, he gets three prisoners to join. More importantly, he gets a "sinner" from one of the local night clubs to join. While initially scorned and resisted, nonetheless her voice wins everyone but the hardcore church busybody. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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She was one temptation, he couldn't resist See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borilačko iskustvo See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,758,372, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$30,250,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,445,215
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film first aired on television on the cable movie network Showtime nearly two years after its release. See more »

Goofs

In the competition, the tall convict with the high pitched voice is handcuffed when he comes to the front of the stage. Moments later, he is dancing with one arm in front of him and one behind his back. From his sideways position, that would be impossible. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Stringer: I can' believe I was gonna sleep with you.
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Connections

References Behind the Music (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazin'
By Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and LL Cool J (as James Todd Smith)
Performed by LL Cool J and Kandice Love
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not a great movie, but the music rocked!
18 September 2003 | by jeremy_t_williamsSee all my reviews

In what is most certainly not Cuba Gooding Jr.'s best film, his good-natured and humor-filled performance makes the movie at least enjoyable. Cuba's down-on-his-luck character returns to his hometown upon the death of his aunt (who is seen breathing and at one point moves her finger during the funeral) and must fulfill the requirements of her will: for him to revive the church gospel choir. Met with numerous challenges, he assembles a rag-tag bunch of characters to attempt to take the group to a gospel competition. Cuba's character is likeable and arguably the best thing in the film. Beyoncé Knowles isn't bad (her singing is spectacular) and the rest of the supporting cast help to make the film somewhat entertaining. It's kind of a cross between "The Music Man" and "Sister Act." A bit hokey with a cheesy ending, but good for a smile. Wait to rent it, though.


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