The Preacher's Wife


2h 4m 1996

Brief Synopsis

The Reverend Henry Biggs is a good man who's doubtful about his ability to make a difference in his troubled community and home. Help is on the way in the form of an angel named Dudley who soon becomes the source of and solution to their problems.

Film Details

Also Known As
Preacher's Wife
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Family
Fantasy
Adaptation
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Portland, Maine, USA; Tarrytown, New York, USA; Yonkers, New York City, New York, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Patterson, New Jersey, USA; Newark, New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Synopsis

The Reverend Henry Biggs is a good man who's doubtful about his ability to make a difference in his troubled community and home. Help is on the way in the form of an angel named Dudley who soon becomes the source of and solution to their problems.

Cast

Whitney Houston

Denzel Washington

Gregory Hines

Courtney B. Vance

Kimberly L Wright

Troy L Sneed

Ulisa A Thomas

Mervyn Warren

Krishna Presha

Harsh Nayyar

Betty Cromartie Davis

Mary Bond Davis

Reverend Lawrence K Thomas

Dwain L White

Loretta Devine

Betty Matthews

Morris Vernon Jones

Kevin Mitchell

Hayward Cromartie

V Ranaldo Welcome

Jaime Tirelli

Jessica Malloy

George Coleman

David Langston Smyrl

St Cecilia Choir

Kennan Scott

Charlotte D'amboise

Tiffiny Monet Graham

Jenifer Lewis

Lex Monson

Yakin Manassah Jordan

Roy Haynes

Aaron A Mcconnaughey

Jerry Brunsin

Mozelle Hawkins Allen

Anthony Burnett

Brenda J Childs

Ted Dunbar

Anthony Dean Copeland

Reverend Corey Mcgee

Tiffany Joseph

Phillip Mitchell

Joshua Jordan

Jernard Burks

Gerald A Detitta

Lead Person

Toukie Smith

Rick Carter

Steve Brown

Taral Hicks

Teretha G Houston

Lizan Mitchell

Shaun Purefoy

Constance Small

Jacqulyn V Saunders

Beverly S Nixon

Justin Pierre Edmund

Reverend Kenneth Paden

Khalia Hamilton-montoute

Valerie Inez Edwards

Gary Nuckles-holt

Sharon A Mitchell

Berta L Williams

Mark Gilbert

Cissy Houston

Shari Headley

Yolanda Beasley-prime

Andal Fequiere

Naguanda Miller

Aaron Jordan

Willie James Stiggers

Jacqueline Martin

Carolyn Henry

Robert Colston

Eloise Beasley

Amia Hart

Cassondra M Breedlove

Dirk Chaney

Darvel Davis Jr.

Kimberly M Garrett

Jamil Nasser

Rutha Harris

Shyheim Franklin

Paul Bates

Lionel Richie

Helmar Augustus Cooper

Delores Mitchell

Marcella Lowery

Anthony Biggham

Sterling Holloman Ii

Taleah Enos

Victor Williams

Michael Alexander Jackson

Christopher Malloy

Angela L Jones

Rose Merry Jordan

Lakeya Enos

Brittany Anderson

Christine Lameisha Koon

Michael Marshall

Juliehera Destefano

Marquis Bowen-wallace

Crew

Elliot Abbott

Sound

Elliot Abbott

Executive Producer

Jerry Abbott

Song

David Allen

Property Master

Adrienne Anderson

Assistant Property Master

William Armstrong

Scenic Artist

Michael Arthur

Song

Laurie Badami

Assistant

Meredith Barchat

Scenic Artist

Ron Bartlett

Other

Leonardo Bercovici

From Story

Sara Bernstein

Production Assistant

Ted Bessell

Special Thanks To

Peter Betulia

Key Grip

Reverend Milton Biggham

Consultant

Laura Lee Bong

Assistant Editor

Timothy M. Bourne

Coproducer

George Bowers

Editor

Dennis Bradford

Art Director

Susan Bradley

Titles

Richard Brandt

Special Effects

Conrad F Brink

Special Effects Coordinator

Jeffrey S Brink

Special Effects

Kevin Brink

On-Set Dresser

Wayne Bristo

Production Assistant

Rolland M. Brooks

Scenic Artist

Rick Bruck

Special Effects

Eric Bryant

On-Set Dresser

Joe Buda

Accountant

Francis Burke

Song

Glenn Burleigh

Song

Anthony Calypso

Production Assistant

Caryn Campbell

Production Coordinator

Michael Caracciolo

Camera Operator

Daniel Allen Carlin

Music

Joe Carroll

Grip

Amy T Carter

Accounting Assistant

Pat Carter

Production Assistant

Tom Catalano

Special Effects

Debra Martin Chase

Coproducer

Larry M. Cherry

Hair Stylist

Paulette Clark

Assistant Production Coordinator

Sara Colleton

Special Thanks To

Xiomara Comrie

Assistant Camera Operator

H. H. Cooper

Assistant Director

Stephanie Corsalini

Casting Associate

Robyn Crawford

Music Producer

Maureen Crowe

Music Producer

Ana Cuadra

Production Assistant

Alvin Darling

Song

Michael Darnell

Other

Clive Davis

Music Producer

Justin Derchin

Special Thanks To

George Detitta Jr.

Set Decorator

Loretta Devine

Song Performer

Anthony J Dimeo

On-Set Dresser

Didi Dolan

Other

Richard N Dolan

Electric

Tom Dolan

Best Boy

Tom Doyle

Carpenter

David Allen Drinkwater

Carpenter

Donna Drinkwater

On-Set Dresser

Chris Drummond

Production Assistant

Dennis Drummond

Sound Editor

Patrick Drummond

Sound Editor

James Durante

Assistant Editor

Kenneth Edmonds

Song

Rich Edwards

Production Assistant

Sean Edwards

Stand-In

Edward James Egan

Grip

Kevin Egan

Grip

Ryan Eldren

Assistant Sound Editor

Joseph Facey

Craft Service

Elizabeth Feldbauer

Wardrobe Supervisor

Richard Fellegara

Medic

Ken Ferris

Camera Operator

Sandi Figueroa

Wardrobe Supervisor

Daniel Finn

Key Grip

Carrie Fisher

Special Thanks To

Rolf Fleischmann

Assistant Editor

Roxanna Floyd

Makeup Artist

Cynthia Flynt

Costume Designer

Jay Fortune

Gaffer

Raymond Fortune

Other

Bruce L. Fowler

Original Music

Ken Fundus

Dolly Grip

David Giammarco

Adr Editor

Joan Giammarco

Adr Editor

Pat Gibbons

Craft Service

Thomas Gilligan

Dolly Grip

Jim Gilmartin

Scenic Artist

Nick Glennie-smith

Music Conductor

Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

Producer

Galen Goodpaster

Assistant Sound Editor

Jeffrey Greenhut

Production Assistant

Robert Greenhut

Sound

Robert Greenhut

Executive Producer

Gary Grill

Carpenter

Bill Groom

Production Designer

Michael Haight

Dialogue Editor

Jana Haimsohn

Special Thanks To

John Halligan

Grip

Ira M Hammons-glass

Costumes

Brent Haywood

Foreman

Hy Heath

Song

Paula Herold

Casting

Hallerin Hilton Hill

Song

Bonnie Hlinomaz

Associate Producer

Charlynne Hopson

Location Assistant

Deirdre Horgan

Script Supervisor

Whitney Houston

Sound

Whitney Houston

Music Producer

Whitney Houston

Song Performer

Dori Golod Howell

Assistant

Diane Howells

Location Assistant

Sam Hutchins

Assistant Location Manager

Mai Iskander

Camera Trainee

Laurie Jackson

Dga Trainee

Chris Jenkins

Other

Fred Johanns

Other

Kristin Johnson

Assistant Editor

Kristin Johnson

Other

John Johnston

Carpenter

Billy Kerwick

Key Rigging Grip

Edward T Kerwick

Best Boy Grip

Gina Spiro Kessler

Assistant Sound Editor

Darren King

Dialogue Editor

Jonathan Klein

Foley Editor

Nikki Klett

Location Assistant

Marion Kolsby

Assistant Art Director

Toussaint Kotright

Production

George Kousoulides

Scenic Artist

Steve Krieger

On-Set Dresser

Johnny Lange

Song

Kristin Larson

Assistant

Honey Lathan

Production Assistant

Ellin Lavar

Hair Stylist

Les Lazarowitz

Sound Mixer

David C. Lee

Photography

Demetrios Lekkas

Song

Amy Lemisch

Unit Production Manager

Amy Lemisch

Coproducer

Annie Lennox

Other

Jeremy Leven

Screenplay

Sandy Linzer

Song

Stephen Lipson

Song

Roy Lott

Music Producer

Joseph Magee

Music

Mike Maggi

Special Effects

Sean Malone

Grip

Albert Malotte

Music

Jim Manzione

Other

Amy Marshall

Assistant Set Decorator

Garry Marshall

Special Thanks To

Penny Marshall

Sound

Nat Mauldin

Screenplay

Chris Mcgeary

Music Editor

Kevin Mckenna

Video Assist/Playback

Tom Mckibbon

Other

Allan R Mckinnon

Accounting Assistant

Ademola Mcmullen

Production Assistant

Rob Merk

Other

Albert Messiah

Production Assistant

Alan Meyerson

Sound Mixer

Scott Millan

Other

Scott Millan

Music

Karen Minahan

Assistant Sound Editor

Kathlene Mobley

Assistant

Cyril J. Mockridge

Song

Cyril J. Mockridge

Other

Thanassis Moraitis

Song

John Mulligan

Transportation Co-Captain

Rupert Nadeau

Adr

Chris Nelson

On-Set Dresser

Kenneth D Nelson

Construction Coordinator

Dale Pierce Nielson

Assistant Director

Moira North

Choreographer

Miroslav Ondricek

Director Of Photography

Anthony Ortiz

Boom Operator

Kenneth Paden

Song

Doug Pellegrino

Assistant Camera Operator

Laura Perlman

Music Editor

James Perry

Song

Mike Phillips

Production Accountant

John Pierce

Production Assistant

Michael Pinckney

Production Assistant

Juliet Polcsa

Assistant Costume Designer

Edward Powell

Other

Don Pullen

Song

Robert Putynkowski

Color Timer

Collin Quinlan

Other

Dick Quinlan

Other

Gregory Quinlan

Rigging Gaffer

Ed Quinn

Key Grip

John Ralbovsky

Other

John Rath

Assistant Location Manager

Virginia K Reilly

Accounting Assistant

Leslie Reingold

Production Assistant

Richmond Riedel

Adr

Pamela Rittelmeyer

Assistant Camera Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Preacher's Wife
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Family
Fantasy
Adaptation
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Portland, Maine, USA; Tarrytown, New York, USA; Yonkers, New York City, New York, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Patterson, New Jersey, USA; Newark, New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Award Nominations

Best Score (Musical or Comedy)

1996

Articles

Gregory Hines, 1946-2003


Gregory Hines, the lithe, elegant entertainer who trilled audiences on stage, film and television, died of cancer on August 9 in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Born Gregory Oliver Hines on February 14, 1946, in New York City, he began taking dance lessons at age three and by the time he was six he and his brother Maurice were performing jazz tap at Harlem's Apollo Theater. By 1954, Hines was already on Broadway when he joined the cast of the Broadway musical The Girl in Pink Tights. He then spent the next 20 years perfecting the craft and art of tap dancing as he toured with his brother and father Maurice Sr. in a nightclub circuit act called "Hines, Hines and Dad", before he left in 1973 to form a rock band called Severance in Southern California.

Itching to put his dancing shoes on again, Hines made it back to New York a few years later and in 1978, scored his first Broadway success with Eubie, and earned a Tony nomination. With his vitality, charm and grace, Hines became one of the leading lights on Broadway for the next few years, as exemplified by two more Broadway hits in Comin' Uptown (1980) and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), for which he received two more Tony nominations for his performances.

His charismatic presence made him natural for films, and he notched his first film role as a last minute replacement for Richard Pryor in Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981), where he immediately displayed his sharp comic abilities. Other solid roles followed over the next decade: an unorthodox coroner in Michael Wadleigh's urban thriller Wolfen (1981); a nightclub dancer in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984); an American defector to the Soviet Union in Taylor Hackford's overheated melodrama White Nights (1985); a wise-cracking cop in Peter Hyam's Running Scared (1986), and as the fast-talking con artist Goldy in Bill Duke's underrated A Rage in Harlem (1991).

He returned to Broadway in 1992 for his biggest triumph, a portrayal of Jelly Roll Morton, the famed jazz composer, in Jelly's Last Jam and earned a Tony Award in the process. A few more film appearances came in the '90's, most memorably in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995), but Hines found a new lease on his career when he appeared on the small screen. He played a single father in a fine, if short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show (1997-98); was popular as Ben Doucette, a love interest for Grace in the hugely popular show Will & Grace for two seasons (1999-2001); and received strong critical notice for his moving take as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the television film Bojangles (2001) that he also produced. His last televised appearance was in June 2002, when he co-hosted the Tony Awards with Bernadette Peters. In addition to his father and brother, he is survived by his fiancee Negrita Jayde; a daughter, Daria Hines; a son, Zach; a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow; and a grandson.

by Michael T. Toole
Gregory Hines, 1946-2003

Gregory Hines, 1946-2003

Gregory Hines, the lithe, elegant entertainer who trilled audiences on stage, film and television, died of cancer on August 9 in Los Angeles. He was 57. Born Gregory Oliver Hines on February 14, 1946, in New York City, he began taking dance lessons at age three and by the time he was six he and his brother Maurice were performing jazz tap at Harlem's Apollo Theater. By 1954, Hines was already on Broadway when he joined the cast of the Broadway musical The Girl in Pink Tights. He then spent the next 20 years perfecting the craft and art of tap dancing as he toured with his brother and father Maurice Sr. in a nightclub circuit act called "Hines, Hines and Dad", before he left in 1973 to form a rock band called Severance in Southern California. Itching to put his dancing shoes on again, Hines made it back to New York a few years later and in 1978, scored his first Broadway success with Eubie, and earned a Tony nomination. With his vitality, charm and grace, Hines became one of the leading lights on Broadway for the next few years, as exemplified by two more Broadway hits in Comin' Uptown (1980) and Sophisticated Ladies (1981), for which he received two more Tony nominations for his performances. His charismatic presence made him natural for films, and he notched his first film role as a last minute replacement for Richard Pryor in Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981), where he immediately displayed his sharp comic abilities. Other solid roles followed over the next decade: an unorthodox coroner in Michael Wadleigh's urban thriller Wolfen (1981); a nightclub dancer in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club (1984); an American defector to the Soviet Union in Taylor Hackford's overheated melodrama White Nights (1985); a wise-cracking cop in Peter Hyam's Running Scared (1986), and as the fast-talking con artist Goldy in Bill Duke's underrated A Rage in Harlem (1991). He returned to Broadway in 1992 for his biggest triumph, a portrayal of Jelly Roll Morton, the famed jazz composer, in Jelly's Last Jam and earned a Tony Award in the process. A few more film appearances came in the '90's, most memorably in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995), but Hines found a new lease on his career when he appeared on the small screen. He played a single father in a fine, if short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show (1997-98); was popular as Ben Doucette, a love interest for Grace in the hugely popular show Will & Grace for two seasons (1999-2001); and received strong critical notice for his moving take as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the television film Bojangles (2001) that he also produced. His last televised appearance was in June 2002, when he co-hosted the Tony Awards with Bernadette Peters. In addition to his father and brother, he is survived by his fiancee Negrita Jayde; a daughter, Daria Hines; a son, Zach; a stepdaughter, Jessica Koslow; and a grandson. by Michael T. Toole

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Released in United States on Video April 29, 1997

Released in United States Winter December 13, 1996

Remake of "The Bishop's Wife" (USA/1947), directed by Henry Koster and starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. The screenplay was written by Robert E. Sherwood and Leonardo Bercovici.

Whitney Houston reportedly received $10 million for this project.

Whitney Houston reportedly received $10 million for this project.

Began shooting January 10, 1996.

Completed shooting May 17, 1996.

Released in United States on Video April 29, 1997

Released in United States Winter December 13, 1996