The Preacher's Wife Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for The Preacher's Wife the Movie

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Remake of 1947's "The Bishop's Wife" finds troubled Newark minister Henry Biggs (Vance) praying for heavenly intervention. His prayers are answered with angel Dudley (Washington)--who isn't so holy that he can't appreciate the minister's choir-leading wife Julia (Houston). While trying to save his cash-strapped church from a greedy developer (Hines), Rev. Biggs is so mired in material problems that he is unable to believe that Dudley is actually an angel. Washington is the dictionary definition of debonair as the angel with a touch of the devil in his eye. All problems are, of course, wrapped up neatly with a bow on top in the end. The real stars of this Christmas tale, however, are Houston's vocal cords. Fans of her singing will love this movie, while others may want to rent the original.


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Available on VHS
Running time 124 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Angels, Christmas, African America, Heaven Sent, Repressed Men, Killer Toys, Religion, Rock Stars on Film, Church Choirs, Clergymen, Gospel Music
Nat Mauldin, Allan Scott
Shari Headley, Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines, Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine, Lionel Richie, Paul Bates, Justin Pierre Edmund, Darvel Davis, William James Stiggers
Miroslav Ondricek
Penny Marshall
Hans Zimmer
Samuel Goldwyn, Elliot Abbott, Robert Greenhut, Parkway Productions, Samuel Goldwyn Company, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista

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