The Preacher's Wife

5.62 h 3 min1996X-Ray13+
Remake of the Cary Grant classic where an angel comes to earth a few days before Christmas to help a disillusioned reverend regain control of his life.
Penny Marshall
Denzel WashingtonWhitney HoustonCourtney B. Vance
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Gregory HinesJennifer LewisLoretta Devine
Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
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LauraM.Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not just a movie!
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This movie is a treat for all Whitney Houston (the wife) fans. Her voice talents were the icing on the cake, and it keeps her music with us always.
All the cast was so perfectly synced, chemistry was definitely there, and a sense of real friendships among them behind in the scenes.
Denzel Washington, a real life angel in my opinion, was perfect as Dudley (Angel Dudley) "Dudley, Dudley, Dudley" Courtney Vance (the preacher) showed real heart in his performance of an overworked preacher. You can see it in his eyes how much he wants to do it all. I know this feeling because my dad was a pastor of a small poor church. Gregory Hines was great in his antagonist roll as Joe Hamilton. (I'm a big fan of his since his performance as Sergeant Cass, in Renaissance Man.) This movie will warm your heart. I always watch it around Christmas, but I love the music and the feeling it gives me so much, I watch it when I'm feeling low too. It's a remake of The Bishop's Wife with Loretta Young and Cary Grant, but really, it stands on it's on and should be viewed as such. Two thumbs way up in the air with an added Hallelujah, for this one.
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WeAreUsReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2020
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This movie takes off from the older Bishop’s Wife starring Cary Grant , Loretta Young and David Niven. This one has a similar plot but very different also. There’s still the angel (Denzel), the preacher (Courtney B. Vance) and the wife (Whitney Houston). Really a very good movie and, with Whitney in it, there’s lots of scenes with her singing….which is absolutely fabulous. She is soooo good! This angel is a contrast to Cary Grant in that you see him enjoying being back on earth as he plays in the snow and eats food. The mother-in-law (Jenifer Lewis) plays a very strong role with some good one-liners (“you can shop but don’t be putting in any layaway”)and the children are even believable. The church choir singing rocks! Gregory Hines does a very credible job as the “bad guy”. He has a great part at the end when he starts to get into the music….fun to watch his transformation. Nice, nice movie….heart-warming.
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MishkaReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Our favorite Christmas holiday film!
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This film will always be one of our favorites. This contemporary re-make of "The Bishop's Wife" shines with wonderful performances by Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, Jennifer Lewis, young Justin Pierre Edmund and the soul-stirring vocals of Whitney Houston. Turning despair into triumph - and containing just the right amount of humor - this film quietly resonates with faith and will put a song in your heart and a smile on your face.

It's a genuine pleasure to recommend this family-friendly film.
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Alex GuzmanReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2022
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All we ever want, we already have.
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When this movie ended, my eyes watered being overwhelm with gratitude Grateful to Penny Marshall for having captured the blessings with which I have lived. To realize the angelic beings who have been a part of my life through music, through movies, through joy in by capturing hope and forgiveness capturing in this movie. Whitney Houston's dulcet voice makes me give thanks for having lived in an era when God graced us with her spirit. Danzel Washington and Gregory Hines are actors whose talents I longed admired. Moreover, to create such a wholesome movie with a deep and assuring message was a delight to experience. if you haven't seen this movie, gather your family now, at Christmas time or whenever to share in love, hope and gratitude.
Manon de la CureReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2021
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Joy to the world!
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Oh how I miss Whitney and Gregory ...the world is a little smaller and sadder without the talents of those two! Lovely movie and the 'dying church' is a common story these days. The story of a central hub for all communities is important to tell. Dudley was a charmer, but he focused a lot more on Whitney that he did in the 1947 version. Kindness, hope and love is what we need and that will never change.
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Ann K. WernerReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dudley has misadventures, the wife sings beautifully
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I will always come back to this film for Christmas inspiration.
Denzel Washington is masterful in his role of the angel. It is always a treat to hear Whitney Houston sing.
The little boy is most precocious and the reverend is typically beset with the trials of managing an aging church.
I only recently came to learn that this is a remake. No matter. Penny Marshall does a great job of directing it and giving new life to an old story.
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William A BourneReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2022
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A nice Christmas movie
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Another warm and wonderful performance by Whitney Houston who is married to a preacher in a failing. Denzel Washington, Dudley, plays a great wonderful angel. Whitney has some great gospel numbers. If you are married to a beauty like Whitney Houston and there is a little tension between Dudley and Rev. Biggs. A great ending makes this a great Christmas movie with love and redemption. A family oriented movie.
Donni AldaReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Christmas Family Tradition
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The soundtrack is flawless.

Courtney B Vance and Denzel don’t allow Whitney to chew the scenery.

Black people ice skating!!!

Mother-of-Black-Hollywood Jenifer Lewis -— comedic genious

Peeing Baby Jesus nightmare schadenfreude

NOT a “Black movie” … okay, except for the incredible music. But that’s just your Christmas Blessing!

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