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Waiting to Exhale [DVD] [1995]

Release Date:03/06/2001
Forest Whitaker's adaptation of Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, and a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. The film looks and sounds great, although 20th Century Fox could have done more with the extras on this release.

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    Special Features

    • Widescreen format (Aspect ratio: 1.85:1)
    • Interactive menus
    • Scene selection
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Languages: English 5.1 surround; English Dolby® surround; French Dolby® surround
    • Subtitles: English; Spanish
    • Closed Captioned


    Waiting to Exhale
    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

    Cast & Crew

    • Whitney Houston
      Whitney Houston - Savannah Jackson
    • Angela Bassett
      Angela Bassett - Bernadine Harris
    • Loretta Devine
      Loretta Devine - Gloria Johnson
    • Lela Rochon
      Lela Rochon - Robin Stokes
    • Gregory Hines
      Gregory Hines - Marvin

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