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Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Whitney Houston , Angela Bassett , Forest Whitaker  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Gregory Hines
  • Directors: Forest Whitaker
  • Writers: Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
  • Producers: Caron K, Deborah Schindler, Ezra Swerdlow, Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Waiting to Exhale" on IMDb

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Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett star in this funny and touching film about four women who find strength through their rare and special relationship. Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria are all searching for the Real Thing: true love. Bernadine thought she had it, until her husband left her for another woman. Savannah and Robin are successful in business but their love lives are bankrupt. And divorcee Gloria is getting back in the game by flirting with her new, very eligible neighbor. Based on Terry McMillan's best-selling novel, and featuring the #1 smash hit "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," "Waiting to Exhale" is the film you and your friends have been waiting for! Original score by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A HUMAN STORY September 13, 2001
By EriKa
Format:DVD
The first time I saw this film, several years ago, I was really annoyed by it. I wondered how I could relate to this film about adult, black women? I was a white teenage girl in the suburbs. Seeing Angela Bassett's character fight with her husband about his declaration of loving another woman, I did not have a clue how to relate to it. Not only had I never experienced any kind of mature, adult relationship, the racial issues that arise in their argument were completely foreign to me. The husband tells Bassett that he is in love with his secretary and is leaving Bassett for the secretary. Bassett angrily asks, "Is she white?" The husband asks, "Why? Would it be better if she were black?" Bassett retorts, "No, but it would be better if you were." However, when I saw it again when I got older, I found that the film was warm, funny, vengeful, true to life and universal. I guess this is the trick of making a film that features an almost all black cast. People who are not black might not see it because they feel like they are watching something outside their own experience, and yes, in many ways, like it or not, they are. However, the stories told here transgress a solely "black" experience and become a universally female experience. And even a human one. We all experience pain, loss, insecurity, self-doubt, and we turn to our friends to get through those times. Sometimes, as in the film, our friends lead totally different lifestyles from the ones we lead. The film actually portrays these women in a way that breaks stereotypes and focuses on how real people might deal with their real feelings. Or in the case of Angela Bassett setting her soon-to-be-ex-husband's car on fire in the driveway, well, maybe none of us would really do that, but I am sure we have all felt like it. Overall this was a well-acted, well-done film with universal themes.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film But Some Content is Diconcerning September 20, 2004
Format:DVD
I have mixed feelings about this film.This is a great film with a very strong performance by Angela Bassett. This is a very funny film also. The humor keeps it flowing. I do feel, however, that the story focuses too much on these women "getting some" and that relationships overrule everything but work. The best part of the story is Angela Bassett's character. I also think that the men in this film deliver good performances. The focus of the film is also the friendship between these women.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. September 29, 2002
Format:DVD
Depending on who you are, Terry McMillan's 1992 novel "Waiting to Exhale" is either a blessing or a dreaded curse. McMillan's third novel about four African American women struggling to attain stability, identity, and normalcy in Phoenix was praised in some circles for giving contemporary Black women a much-needed voice. But in other circles, mostly male, "Waiting to Exhale" was ripped to shreds as a spiteful and ungrounded damnation of Black men as philanderers, deadbeats, and no-good-dooers. It also made McMillan the biggest literary target of criticsm since Alice Walker unleashed her novel "the Color Purple." But whatever your take on the book is, the film adaptation won't likely change your stance, as it stays overall faithful to the book. Director Forest Whitaker does a respectable job bringing to life these characters: Savannah (Whitney Houston) is the buppie still in search for Mr. Right; Bernadine (Angela Bassett) just got dumped by her husband of 11 years for a white woman; Robin (Lela Rochon) is the ditzy bimbo still trying to shake off her no-good ex, and Gloria (Loretta Devine) is the full-figured owner of a successful hair salon. The best performances, hands down, are Bassett and Devine, who make the best impressions, and they help keep the film moving at a good pace. The script, co-written by McMillan, is crisp with enough funny one-liners and a story compelling enough to keep the viewer interested. But there are flaws. Whitney Houston struggles in her role as Savannah; her performance is wooden and forced, and when paired against a seasoned pro like Bassett, she flat out crumbles. A more relaxed approach to the material would have helped. Also, memo to Black filmmakers: drop the swishy gay hairdresser stereotype! Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding! March 9, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As a female, I enjoy watching what men call Chick Flicks but never watched them more than I had to. I enjoy horror movies, suspense, actions...

Watching Waiting to Exhale when I was a bit younger, I did not totally understand the concept of their struggles, often wondering why it is that the one girl would repeatedly put herself through a man that obviously did not really want anything to do with her but for sex only to hook up with a man that she obviously is not attracted to just for him to treat her coldly in the workplace. I could not understand why Bernie would burn some of her husband's belongings even the car then have garage sale with the rest, I could not understand why Gloria was hung on her very gay son's father hoping he would come back to her, I could not understand why Savannah would not hook up with the hunky fine chocolate brother... I could not understand why most of the things happened, but going through life itself, having children and friends I now do understand, which is why I decided to purchase this movie for my collections. Because inside of every female, there is a Savannah, Bernie, Robin and a Gloria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome depiction of middle class and upscale African American women...
Welcome depiction of middle class and upscale African American women in an geographic area that usually draws minority stories from the Hispanic community. Read more
Published 4 days ago by T, Warlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting To Exhale
If you are a Whitney Houston fan then you will love waiting to exhale add this to your collection movie has great scenes drama unfolds in this movie.
Published 18 days ago by Tala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it
Published 20 days ago by Kiara
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Movie. Beautiful Cast.
Published 21 days ago by Arika
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This is a good movie, I've seen it but felt compelled to purchase it. I love the role each lady brings to this motion picture.
Published 1 month ago by Lillie Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars 5
It's a great movie it come on time thanks so much i in joy ordering my movies from you again thanks so much
Published 1 month ago by gloria montgomery
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheaply-made DVD
This DVD is made so cheaply that it won't play on my DVD player. If you hold it up to the light, you can see right through it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melanie Page
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Chick Flick
The best part of this film is when one of the characters throws everything her husband left in the house and puts it into his car and torches it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars my show
this movie is based on everyday encounters women have, and i think the moral of this story would be to model the conclusion of all these women; that better outcomes comes with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by millie
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great talent gone way too soon
RIP Ms. Houston. Such a great talent gone way too soon. All of the other ladies of this movie are outstanding women and made this movie come to life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Faith L. Alexander
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