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The Fighting Temptations Details


Director Jonathan Lynn followed up the surprise hit Jonathan Lynn 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. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:September 19, 2003


Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Darrin Fox
Beyoncé Knowles
as Lilly
Melba Moore
as Bessie
Mike Epps
as Lucius
Shirley Caesar
as Rev. Shirley Caesar
La Tanya Richardson
as Paulina Pritchett
Steve Harvey
as Miles the DJ
Montell Jordan
as Eric
as Bee-Z Briggs
Chloe Bailey
as Young Terri
Mitchah Williams
as Jimmy B.
Angie Stone
as Alma
Mickey Jones
as Scooter
Mickey Rooney
Lil' Zane
as Jume Bug
Rue McClanahan
as Mrs. Stringer
Nigel Washington
as Young Darrin
Wanda Williams
as Lilly
Walter Williams
as Frank
Ann Nesby
as Aunt Sally Walker
Darrell Vanterpool
as Dean
Dave Sheridan
as Corny Dog
Wendell Pierce
as Reverend Lewis


Jonathan Lynn
David Gale
Jeff Pollack
Saladin K. Patterson
Elizabeth Hunter
Elizabeth Hunter
Screen Story
Affonso Beato
Jimmy Jam
Composer (Music Score)
Spring Aspers
Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Lewis
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Hirsch
Victoria Paul
Production Designer
Cate Bangs
Art Director
Susan K. Lewis
Momita Sengupta
Matthew Rowland
Associate Producer
Tierre Turner
Associate Producer
Van Toffler
Executive Producer
Benny Medina
Executive Producer
Diana Stoughton
Set Designer
Tracey White
Costume Designer
Mary Jane Fort
Costume Designer
Michael Hilkene
Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Rowland
First Assistant Director
Eartha Robinson
Shawnette Heard
Robi Reed-Humes