Soul Food

Director/Writer: George Tillman, Jr.
Director of Photography:Paul Elliott
Editor:John Carter
Music:Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman
Production Designer:Maxine Shepard
Producers:Tracey E. Edmonds and Robert Teitel
Twentieth Century Fox; R; 120 minutes
Cast:Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Brandon Hammond, Jeffrey D. Sams, Gina Ravera and Irma P. Hall

Despite a healthy serving of fine performances, realistic family squabbles and down-home cooking, Soul Food leaves viewers hungry for, well, some soul. Though never without conflict, Sunday family dinners at Mother Joe's (Hall) have kept her three daughters, careerist lawyer Teri (Williams), housewife Maxine (Fox) and beautician Bird (Long), and their families together through thick and thin. When Mother Joe falls ill and the dinners stop, the family begins to unravel. Soul Food was the sleeper hit of the fall, holding the top spot at the box office for several weeks.