Waiting to Exhale


2h 1m 1995

Brief Synopsis

The provocative story of four remarkable African-American women who journey through a modern labyrinth of husbands, lovers, jobs and makeovers. Savannah moves from Denver to Phoenix, the home of her best friend Bernadine, intent on becoming a successful TV producer and finally snagging Mr. Right. Me

Film Details

Also Known As
Esperando un respiro, Hålla andan, Où sont les hommes?
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Ronald L Wright
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

Synopsis

The provocative story of four remarkable African-American women who journey through a modern labyrinth of husbands, lovers, jobs and makeovers. Savannah moves from Denver to Phoenix, the home of her best friend Bernadine, intent on becoming a successful TV producer and finally snagging Mr. Right. Meanwhile, Bernadine has just received the news that her husband is abandoning her for his younger, white bookkeeper. Their highly successful, sexually adventurous friend, Robin Stokes, can't stay away from pretty men who lie and cheat. Unlike the rest of her friends, Gloria Johnson isn't seeking solace in men. Instead, she finds it in food, her trendy hair salon and her precocious but difficult teenage son Tarik. But now that Tarik is growing up, Gloria is about to set out into the world again. Over the span of a single year, Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria weather these challenges under a powerful umbrella of comradeship, even in the most exasperating of times.

Crew

Wes Adams

Transportation Captain

Cheyenne Ali

Other

Gina Aller

Set Costumer

Sheila Allison-wells

Art Department

Arthur Allyn

Foreman

Amy Andrews

Set Costumer

Lou Angelo

Adr Editor

Albert Aquino

Boom Operator

Laurie Badami

Assistant

Carmen Baker

Assistant Sound Editor

Mark Balda

Carpenter

Suzanne Bantit

Costumes

Lennon Bass Jr.

Electrician

Ron Bass

Screenplay

Ron Bass

Executive Producer

Bill W Benton

Rerecording

Bert Berns

Other

Gray Beverley

Assistant

James Bigwood

Production Manager

Sarah Elspeth Black

Electrician

Michael Blair

Carpenter

Dainne Cheek Blasco

Production Accountant

Barbara Boguski

Adr Supervisor

Wenda Bragg

Other

Pat Brazington

Art Department

Michael S Brewer

Location Assistant

Bob Brockman

Song

Jim Brookshire

Dialogue Editor

Frederick J Brown

Art Department

Megan Brown

Art Department

Sebastienne Brown

Art Department

Jaki Brown-karman

Casting

Lashan A Browning

Assistant

Darcy J Bruno

Other

William K Buckley

Office Assistant

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

W. J. Butler

On-Set Dresser

Ted Caplan

Sound Editor

Davie Carothers

Assistant Camera Operator

Chris Carpenter

Rerecording

Shari Carpenter

Script Supervisor

Cheryl A Carroll

Set Production Assistant

Freda Carter

Art Department

Nanette Carter

Art Department

Tim Chau

Sound Supervisor

Richard Chew

Editor

Howard J Clark

On-Set Dresser

Karen Agresti Clark

Other

Deborah Coleman

Other

Laurence D Coleman

Art Department

Sharon Coleman

Other

Tameca Coleman

Other

Sandra A Coley-greene

Makeup

P J Connelly

Location Manager

Clendolyn Corbin

Art Department

Nicole Corre

Electrician

Robyn Crawford

Assistant

Scott Curtis

Foley Editor

Maria Dawson

Art Department

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Jim Dennis

Art Department

Paul Deo

Art Department

Linda Difranco

Adr Editor

Robert Dipanni

Projectionist

Jeffrey Douglas

Best Boy Grip

Stasia Droze

Assistant

Kenneth Edmonds

Music

Kenneth Edmonds

Sound

Michael S. Epley

Dolly Grip

Alicia M Estes

Other

Alisa Faloona

Camera Assistant

John Fargotstein

Art Department

Judi Fates

Assistant

Randy Feemster

Camera Operator

Brenda L Felix

Other

Brian K Felix

Other

Marc Fisichella

Art Director

George A Fleming

Other

Roxanna Floyd

Makeup

Thomas C Ford

Special Effects Coordinator

Dan Fouts

Avid Editor

Michael W Foxworthy

Set Decorator

Michael P Fredrickson

Grip

Heidi Fugeman

Set Production Assistant

Kirk Gardner

Camera Operator

Janene Garey

Other

Jon Gass

Song

Albert Gasser

Sound Effects Editor

Tony Gibson

On-Set Dresser

Brad Gilderman

Song

Nicola Goode

Photography

Angelo John Grado

Art Department

Mary S Gray

Art Department

Mark D Greene

Grip

Joel S Griffith

Other

J Eugene Grigsby Jr.

Art Department

David Gropman

Production Designer

Dylan Gross

Camera Assistant

Margaret Guinee

Assistant Editor

Paul Gyorgy

Electrician

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Nathan Hathaway

Electrician

Odoch Hawkins

Art Department

Frank Heard

Other

Craig 'pup' Heath

Other

D. M. Hemphill

Rerecording

Latonya Hill

Hair Stylist

Hilda Hodges

Foley Artist

John Hoeren

Assistant Editor

April D Hollen

Other

Patricia Ann Holmes

Assistant Production Accountant

Bill Holmquist

Construction Coordinator

Frank Howell

Art Department

Doris W Hudson

Other

Ester M Hughes

Other

Joseph P Hurt

Makeup Assistant

Rawn Hutchinson

Stunt Coordinator

Kalina Ivanov

Storyboard Artist

Ruth Jackson

Other

Joann Y Johnson

Other

Michelle Antonett Johnson

Other

Vickie Johnson

Other

Alan Jones

Art Department

John Paul Jones

Property Master

Philip Mallory Jones

Art Department

Caron K

Associate Producer

Carlton Kaller

Music Editor

Michael Kelem

Camera Operator

June Kelly

Art Department

R. J. Kizer

Dialogue Editor

Toyomichi Kurita

Director Of Photography

Toyomichi Kurita

Dp/Cinematographer

Bill Land

On-Set Dresser

Mary Jo Lang

Foley Mixer

Ellin Lavar

Hair Stylist

David Lee

Gaffer

Mike Lehan

Grip

Brenda E Lewis

Other

Diane Linn

Adr

Ted Long

Hair Stylist

Stephanie Lowry

Music

Jeremy Lubbock

Music Arranger

Craig Lynch

Craft Service

Dennis Lynch

Assistant Camera Operator

Karen Mattingly

Script Supervisor

David K Mcdougall

Other

Minnie Mcgruder

Other

Terry Mcmillan

Screenplay

Terry Mcmillan

Source Material (From Novel)

Terry Mcmillan

Art Department

Terry Mcmillan

Executive Producer

Sandra Mcneil

Other

Dennis Mcneill

Color Timer

Costas Michalopoulos

Assistant

Michael Milella

Key Grip

Donovan H Miller

Props Assistant

Juanita Miller-johnson

Other

Robyn M Mitchell

Casting Associate

Brenda L Morris

Assistant Production Accountant

Craig Muzio

Other

Vikki Warren Muzio

Other

Chris R Nave

Carpenter

Alisa Wechsler Nelson

Art Department

Reggie Newkirk

Assistant Camera Operator

Denise Ogawa

On-Set Dresser

Kitty Olisky

Production Coordinator

Jack Orlando

Carpenter

Walter W Parry

Assistant Director

David Peck

Carpenter

Shelly Pedretti

Other

Hugo Pena

Costume Supervisor

Zelean Barbara Peniston

Other

Jim Peres

Other

George Peters

Best Boy Grip

Jim Petti

Transportation Co-Captain

Ken Pettigrew

Other

John Poliak

Video Assist/Playback

Roni Wheeler Poole

Assistant Director

Noah Purifoy

Art Department

Lillian Pyles

Assistant Production Coordinator

Marie Randall

Craft Service

Porter Randall

Art Department

Joseph Ray

Assistant Director

Robert Renga

Other

Charlene Richards

Adr Mixer

Christy Richmond

Assistant Editor

David Roberts

Security

John Roesch

Foley Artist

William Ross

Original Music

Rick Rothen

Location Manager

Andrew T Rothmund

Assistant

John E Rozelle

Art Department

Angie Rubin

Music

Susan Rubin

Other

Traci Runcie

Extras Casting Assistant

Stephen Rupsch

Set Production Assistant

Judy Ruskin Howell

Costume Designer

Bree Giron Ryan-shyheim

Set Production Assistant

Charles J Sabatino

Art Department

Deborah Schindler

Producer

Film Details

Also Known As
Esperando un respiro, Hålla andan, Où sont les hommes?
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Ronald L Wright
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m

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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Winner of six 1996 NAACP Image Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actress - Motion Picture (Angela Bassett), Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture (Loretta Devine), Best Album, Best Female Artist (Whitney Houston), Best Song, and Best Soundtrack Album.

Released in United States on Video April 23, 1996

Released in United States Winter December 22, 1995

Feature directorial debut for acclaimed actor Forest Whitaker who previously directed the inner-city drama "Strapped" (USA/1993) for the "HBO Showcase" series of feature-length presentations. Whitaker also co-produced "A Rage in Harlem" (USA/1991).

Began shooting February 27, 1995.

Completed shooting May 10, 1995.

Released in United States on Video April 23, 1996

Released in United States Winter December 22, 1995