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In this powerful story of friendship, desperation and vengeance, four women decide to take on the system and try to get some payback by robbing the biggest banks in the city. As the money starts to flow however, they discover that life is still as stressful as ever. Features: original theatrical trailer and more.


Studio New Line
SKU 40115082
UPC 794043478727
UPC 14 00794043478727
Format DVD
Release Date 1/23/2007
Rating Rating
Race Relations
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note After a lifetime of being exploited by unscrupulous employers, pushed around by sleazy boyfriends, persecuted by the police, and unable to escape from the undertow of ghetto life by socially approved means, a quartet of Angelina women arm themselves to the teeth and bust up banks in this provocative and intriguing social drama.
Plot Summary
Summary Frankie's been unjustly fired from her bank-teller job. Stony's brother was wrongly killed by the police. A misunderstanding results in Tisean's baby being taken from her. Cleo just wants to get out of the 'hood. These are the desperate situations of four female best friends, who jointly take a drastic measure to improve their lives...| The women decide to rob a bank, an experience that gives them an emotional rush in addition to easy money. Hooked, the quartet continue (and escalate) their crime sprees, attracting the attention of the authorities. As a result, the foursome learn a violent -- and tragic -- version of the adage "crime does not pay."
Premiere "...Boosted by some really cool heist sequences and an excellent performance by Queen Latifah..." 12/01/1996 p.29
Entertainment Weekly "...Very particular, very engaging....[A] fresh piece of work..." -- Rating: B 11/08/1996 p.48
Variety "...A well-crafted girls-n-the-hood actioner, with an acute social conscience and plenty of soul....A tale of female bonding and empowerment, this relevant film boasts a terrific cast..." 11/04/1996
Los Angeles Times "...A heist film with more than guns and ammo on its mind....A project worth paying attention to..." 11/06/1996 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...The action sequences -- the robberies, the close calls, the shootouts -- are all well-handled....What makes the film special is the way it shows the motivations of its four women..." 11/06/1996 p.51
F. Gary Gray
Kimberly Elise
Vivica A. Fox
Jada Pinkett
Queen Latifah
Cast & Crew
Jada Pinkett - Actor
Kimberly Elise - Actor
Vivica A. Fox - Actor
Queen Latifah - Actor
F. Gary Gray - Director
Marc Reshovsky - Director of Photography
Christopher Young - Musical Score
Kate Lanier - Screenplay
Takashi Bufford - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 4787
UPC 00794043478727
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Independent Spirit Awards (1997) Queen Latifah, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review [A] lethal Waiting To Exhale finds four female friends in Los Angeles pushed over the edge and taking up bank robbery to escape poverty and strike a blow against "the man." The felonious, funky divas of crime include Stony (Jada Pinkett Smith, who seem to be having fun with this role) and [Queen] Latifah as Cleo, in a powerhouse performance. Butt-kicking action scenes are most entertaining combined with a soundtrack, including Seal, En Vogue, the Fugees and Brandy, to match.
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Original, Trailers, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Butt-kicking action scenes...
Stephen Holden, New York Times Extravagantly action packed...

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