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R| 1 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
When Ahmad Simmons' (Brandon Hammond) diabetic grandmother, Josephine "Big Mama" Joseph (Irma P. Hall), falls into a coma during an operation to amputate her leg, it throws the Joseph family into chaos. Ahmad watches as his mother, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox), and aunts Teri (Vanessa L. Williams) and Tracy (Nia Long) struggle to adjust to the family matriarch's sudden absence, fall into old rivalries, share memories, and work to maintain the long-standing tradition of Sunday family dinners.

Cast: Vanessa L. Williams , Vivica A. Fox , Nia Long , Michael Beach , Mekhi Phifer , Brandon Hammond , Jeffrey D. Sams , Gina Ravera

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Soul Food (1997)

Release Date: September 26th, 1997|1 hr. 54 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a lovely wash of humanity, served with affection. show more

  • 75
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Nothing too fancy or ambitious. Instead, writer-director George Tillman Jr. serves up down-home fare that enriches the heart and leaves you satisfied if stuffed. [26Sep1997 Pg.06.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    George Tillman says Soul Food is based in part on his own family, and I believe him, because he seems to know the characters so well; by the film's end, so do we. show more

  • June 30, 2008 Opheliabwa
    Report This User

    This is a realistic movie of African American life encompassing careers, family struggles and racial issues. The actors and musical gifts exhibited on the screen were of excellent taste. The dinner table is still the most essential part of our heritage for discussing family matters. I'd love to see more of the gifts in the near future.

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