Keeping the Faith/The Preacher's Wife [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Keeping the Faith: Audio commentary with director/producer Edward Norton and writer/producer Stuart Blumberg
  • Keeping the Faith: Deleted scenes
  • Keeping the Faith: Cast and crew biographies
  • Keeping the Faith: Production gag reel
  • Keeping the Faith: Theatrical trailer

Synopsis

The Preacher's Wife
An angel wonders if love can be Heaven on Earth in this family-themed romantic fantasy. Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. Biggs is devoted to serving his flock and his community, but things are not easy; membership is down, money is tight, the furnace is broken, and real estate mogul Joe Hamilton (Gregory Hines) wants to buy the property and put up condominiums. The strain is taking its toll on Biggs' marriage to his childhood sweetheart Julia (Whitney Houston), and in a moment of desperation, he prays to the Lord for help. The prayer is answered in the form of Dudley (Denzel Washington), an angel sent to earth to assist Biggs. The preacher doesn't believe that Dudley is a divine being, but he'll take any help he can get, while Julia, who thinks that Dudley is just another community volunteer, welcomes him into their home. However, Dudley is sidetracked in his earthly mission when he finds himself falling in love with Julia. Leading lady Whitney Houston takes the opportunity to sing several gospel numbers along the way. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Keeping the Faith
Actor Edward Norton debuts as a director with this comedy-drama about love, friendship, and faith. Priest Brian Finn (Norton) and rabbi Jacob Schram (Ben Stiller) have known each other since childhood. When Anna Reilly (Jenna Elfman), whom they both knew as children, returns to New York, both men find themselves infatuated with her, sparking both rivalry and personal dilemmas: Brian has taken a vow of celibacy, and Jacob is allowed to marry only within his faith. Award-winning director Milos Forman appears in the supporting cast, alongside Anne Bancroft, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach; the screenplay marks the debut of writer Stuart Blumberg, whom Norton met when they were both undergraduates at Yale. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Denzel Washington
    Denzel Washington - Dudley
  • Whitney Houston
    Whitney Houston - Julia Biggs
  • Courtney B. Vance
    Courtney B. Vance - Rev. Henry Biggs
  • Gregory Hines
    Gregory Hines - Joe Hamilton
  • Justin Pierre Edmund
    Justin Pierre Edmund - Jeremiah Biggs
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