The Preacher's Wife

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Penny Marshall
Writers: Nat Mauldin and Allan Scott
Director of Photography: Miroslav Ondricek
Editors:Stephen A. Rotter and George Bowers
Music: Hans Zimmer
Production Designer: Bill Groom
Producer:Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
Touchstone; PG; 124 minutes
Release: 12/96
Cast: Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines, Jenifer Lewis and Justin Pierre Edmund
Based on a screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood and Leonardo Bercovici

Typical feel-good holiday fare, but worth the price of admission if only to hear Houston belt out gospel ballads that will send a chill up your spine. Her phenomenal vocal performances do cause a problem, though. She's so relaxed in front of the mike that it makes her uneasiness in front of the camera painfully obvious. His church facing bankruptcy and his own faith in doubt, Rev. Henry Biggs (Vance) seeks help from above and gets it when an angel, Dudley (Washington), arrives with a bang. Dudley is suave, velvety and downright lovable. He falls for Rev. Biggs's wife, Julia (Houston), who has fallen in the shadow of the reverend's problems. Lewis steals the show as Julia's prying, widowed mother.

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