The Fighting Temptations

The Fighting Temptations

Director: Jonathan Lynn Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyoncé Knowles, Melba Moore


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Director Jonathan Lynn followed up the surprise hit The Whole Nine Yards with this musical comedy starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Gooding plays Darrin, a shallow New York advertising executive, who travels to a small town in the deep south upon receiving word that his aunt has passed away and left him a sizable inheritance. But once Darrin gets into town, he is informed that he will only receive the money if he successfully leads a local gospel group to victory at an upcoming competition. Reluctant but strapped for cash, Darrin takes on the task of finding the best singers in town and shaping the group up. Along the way, he becomes acclimated to the town with the help of his cousin Lucius (Mike Epps) and meets Lilly (Beyoncé Knowles), a single mother who not only possesses an incredible voice but also the ability to warm Darrin's cold heart. Along with Knowles, the supporting cast features a number of other real musicians, including Faith Evans, Melba Moore, Angie Stone, Montell Jordan, and The O'Jays.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
UPC: 0097363378136
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cuba Gooding Darrin Fox
Beyoncé Knowles Lilly
Melba Moore Bessie
Mike Epps Lucius
Shirley Caesar Rev. Shirley Caesar
La Tanya Richardson Paulina Pritchett
Steve Harvey Miles the DJ
Montell Jordan Eric
T-Bone Bee-Z Briggs
Faith Evans Maryann Hill
Rue McClanahan Mrs. Stringer
Wendell Pierce Reverend Lewis
Dave Sheridan Corny Dog
Angie Stone Alma
Chloe Bailey Young Terri
Eric Nolan Grant Samuel
Micky Jones Scooter
Eddie Levert Joseph
Lil' Zane Jume Bug
L. John Myers Homer T.
Ann Nesby Aunt Sally Walker
Mickey Rooney Actor
Darrell Vanterpool Dean
Nigel Washington Young Darrin
Mitchah Williams Jimmy B.
Walter Williams Frank
Wanda Williams Lilly

Technical Credits
Jonathan Lynn Director
Spring Aspers Musical Direction/Supervision
Cate Bangs Art Director
Affonso Beato Cinematographer
Mary Jane Fort Costumes/Costume Designer
David Gale Producer
Shawnette Heard Choreography
Michael Hilkene Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Hirsch Editor
Elizabeth Hunter Original Story,Screenwriter
Jimmy Jam Score Composer
Loretha C. Jones Producer
Terry Lewis Score Composer
Susan K. Lewis Co-producer
Benny Medina Executive Producer
Saladin K. Patterson Screenwriter
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Jeff Pollack Producer
Robi Reed-Humes Casting
Eartha Robinson Choreography
Matthew Rowland Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Momita Sengupta Co-producer
Diana Stoughton Set Decoration/Design
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Tierre Turner Associate Producer
Tracey White Costumes/Costume Designer
Big Jim Wright Score Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good movie. It is fun to watch, the music is inspiring and beautiful enough to bring a tear to your eye. At first I thought it looked lame, but that was before I saw it. Now I can't wait to buy it. This is a definite must-see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a great one for everyone: the music alone is worth the price! Beyonce and Cuba come together in a wonderful casting to make the whole thing just flow. Throughout the movie I was laughing, crying with the spirit of Jesus, and singing along. It was that good! You will not regret adding this to your DVD library. This one's a keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Put the great acting, the warmth and the uplifting music all together and you've got the best movie of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie! I absolutely loved the gospel music, including the musical numbers included in the special features section. I loved the religious tone of this movie - but it wasn't "preachy". Cuba Gooding was GREAT - so animated! And who knew Beyonce was such a great actress! Just a great, feel-good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful film and everyone should see it at least once. Once you see it you will want to see it again. Please put it on Video for those of us that have VCR'S so we can buy it and take it home and watch it over and over. Thanks!