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This hit domestic comedy-drama concerned the fortunes of an extended African-American family recalled through the eyes of young narrator Ahmad (Brandon Hammond). Ahmad's world revolves around his grandmother, Big Mama Joseph (Irma P. Hall) and her three daughters: workaholic attorney Teri (Vanessa Williams), newlywed salon owner Bird (Nia Long), and Ahmad's housewife mom, Maxine (Vivica A. Fox). Each sister is in turmoil. Teri has lost patience for her husband Miles (Michael Beach), who wants to quit the law and take up music. Bird doesn't realize that her husband Lem (Mekhi Phifer) is about to be humiliated by her ex-boyfriend (Mel Jackson). And while Maxine's relationship with her husband Kenny (Jeffrey D. Sams) is going well, her relationship with her jealous sister Teri needs fixing. These conflicts boil over at Big Mama's traditional Sunday dinners, where the matriarch plays peacemaker. The ritual faces extinction, however, when Big Mama suffers a stroke -- but Ahmad is waiting in the wings to take her place. Soul Food launched the directing career of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native George Tillman, Jr., who based the script on his own family experiences. In the summer of 2000, Soul Food was spun off into a cable TV series. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 26, 1997


Vanessa Williams
as Teri
Vivica A. Fox
as Maxine
Nia Long
as Bird
Michael Beach
as Miles
Mekhi Phifer
as Lem
Jeffrey D. Sams
as Kenny
Gina Ravera
as Faith
Irma P. Hall
as Mother Joe
Carl Wright
as Reverend Williams
Mel Jackson
as Simuel
John M. Watson, Sr.
as Uncle Pete
Malik Yoba
as Studio Engineer


George Tillman, Jr.
Tracey E. Edmonds
Robert Teitel
George Tillman, Jr.
Paul Elliott
Lisa Coleman
Composer (Music Score)
Wendy Melvoin
Composer (Music Score)
Maxine Shepard
Production Designer
Michael McQuarn
Kenneth Edmonds
Executive Producer
Joe Bristol
Set Designer
Salvador Perez
Costume Designer
David Obermeyer
Sound/Sound Designer
Robi Reed-Humes