The Preacher's Wife

The Preacher's Wife

Penny Marshall (1996)

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Our Score
This 1990s version of The Bishop's Wife has Denzel Washington as the angel sent to Earth to restore the wavering faith of pastor Courtney B Vance, as well as save his marriage to gospel-singing Whitney Houston. Unsurprisingly, with diva Houston in the cast, there's lots of singing and close-ups of the singer, leaving Oscar winner Washington and Vance on the sidelines to act as scenery for her musical moments. It tries to be one of those films you watch every holiday season, but falls well short of, say, It's a Wonderful Life.


A well-meaning angel is sent down to Earth to help a preacher in a poverty-stricken community who is losing his faith in the face of his life's challenges. However, the heavenly visitor forms a strong relationship with the churchman's wife. Remake of 1940s romantic fantasy The Bishop's Wife, starring Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Courtney B Vance, Justin Pierre Edmund and Lionel Richie.

Cast & Crew

Dudley Denzel Washington
Julia Biggs Whitney Houston
Henry Biggs Courtney B Vance
Joe Hamilton Gregory Hines
Marguerite Coleman Jenifer Lewis
Beverly Loretta Devine
Jeremiah Biggs Justin Pierre Edmund
Britsloe Lionel Richie
Director Penny Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD