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A surprise Hollywood hit, this film is based on the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan and centers on four well-to-do African-American women and their relationships with men and one another. All of them are "holding their breath" until the day they can feel comfortable in a committed relationship with a man. Robin (Lela Rochon) is the long-time mistress of Russell (Leon), who keeps reneging on his promise to leave his wife for her. She dumps him to find a man she can have to herself, but her dates with a reliable but unattractive business partner (Wendell Pierce) and a drug addict (Mykelti Williamson) send her back to Russell. Savannah (Whitney Houston) is a successful television producer who also believes that her married lover Kenneth (Dennis Haysbert) will leave his wife. Bernadine (Angela Bassett) is a wealthy woman who abandoned her own career to raise a family. Her husband is now leaving her to marry a white woman. Gloria (Loretta Devine) is a beauty salon owner and single mother raising a teenage son. After years alone, she falls in love with a new neighbor, Marvin (Gregory Hines). The women share their stories over lunches and conversations at Gloria's salon. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:December 22, 1995


Whitney Houston
as Savannah Jackson
Angela Bassett
as Bernadine Harris
Loretta Devine
as Gloria Johnson
Lela Rochon
as Robin Stokes
Gregory Hines
as Marvin
Dennis Haysbert
as Kenneth
Wren T. Brown
as Minister
Wendell Pierce
as Michael
Starletta DuPois
as Savannah's Mother
Jeffrey D. Sams
as Lionel
Donald Faison
as Tarik
Michael Beach
as John Sr.
Wesley Snipes
as James (uncredited)
Lamont Johnson
as Joseph
Graham Galloway
as Fireman
as Russell
Ezra Swerdlow
as Wild Bill
Mykelti Williamson
as Troy
Giancarlo Esposito
as Tarik's Father (uncredited)


Forest Whitaker
Deborah Schindler
Ezra Swerdlow
Ronald Bass
Terry McMillan
Toyomichi Kurita
Kenneth Edmonds
Composer (Music Score)
Tim Chau
Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Chew
David Gropman
Production Designer
Marc Fisichella
Art Director
Caron K
Associate Producer
Ronald Bass
Executive Producer
Terry McMillan
Executive Producer
Michael Foxworthy
Set Designer
Judy Ruskin
Costume Designer
Caron K
First Assistant Director
Joseph Ray
First Assistant Director
Jaki Brown-Karman