Waiting to Exhale

December 22nd, 1995


Waiting to Exhale

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Still of Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine in Waiting to ExhaleStill of Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine in Waiting to Exhale

Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 5.0/10 (4,429 voted)

Director: Forest Whitaker

Stars: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine

This story based on the best selling novel by Terry McMillan follows the lives of four African-American women as they try to deal with their very lives. Friendship becomes the strongest bond between these women as men, careers, and families take them in different directions. Often light-hearted this movie speaks about some of the problems and struggles the modern women face in today's world.

Writers: Terry McMillan, Terry McMillan

Whitney Houston - Savannah Jackson
Angela Bassett - Bernadine Harris
Loretta Devine - Gloria Matthews
Lela Rochon - Robin Stokes
Gregory Hines - Marvin King
Dennis Haysbert - Kenneth Dawkins
Mykelti Williamson - Troy
Michael Beach - John Harris, Sr.
Leon - Russell
Wendell Pierce - Michael Davenport
Donald Faison - Tarik Matthews
Jeffrey D. Sams - Lionel
Jazz Raycole - Onika Harris
Brandon Hammond - John Harris, Jr.
Kenya Moore - Denise

Taglines: Friends are the people who let you be yourself... and never let you forget it.

Release Date: 22 December 1995

Filming Locations: Chandler, Arizona, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $81,452,156 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Director Forest Whitaker was the unanimous first choice of the film's producers and screenwriters.

Continuity: When Robin is in bed with Michael, she takes off her underwear and then when he goes to put the condom on, but a minute later her underwear is still on.

Gloria: Your father's coming home on Tuesday.
Tarik: And? First of all, he ain't my father, he's my daddy; there's a big damn difference.

User Review

Good movie

Rating: 9/10

This was a good movie, even though I'm not the target audience. It's nice to see that black women had a movie about them, and thanks to the star power of Whitney Houston it became no.1 and was a big hit. I am actually tired of reading little comments saying that Whitney isn't that good of an actress because all of those comments are based on the fact that she's a singer. If she wasn't a famous singer, nobody would say anything bad about her acting. IMO, she acted very well just like in all her movies, she's not an oscar caliber actress (very few are) but she definitely has screen presence, charisma and gets the job done. Stop hating her because she's a singer, unlike Madonna or Mariah, Whitney at least did some quality work with some quality people, and she hasn't had flops & horrible movies.


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