Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

Friends are the people who let you be yourself... and never let you forget it.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1995-12-22
  • User Rating: 6.3/10 from 155 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 7min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: 20th Century Fox
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Forest Whitaker
star 6.3/10
From 155 Ratings


Cheated on, mistreated and stepped on, the women are holding their breath, waiting for the elusive "good man" to break a string of less-than-stellar lovers. Friends and confidants Vannah, Bernie, Glo and Robin talk it all out, determined to find a better way to breathe.

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  • Whitney Houston

    as Savannah
  • Angela Bassett

    as Bernadine
  • Loretta Devine

    as Gloria
  • Lela Rochon

    as Robin
  • Gregory Hines

    as Marvin
  • Dennis Haysbert

    as Kenneth
  • Mykelti Williamson

    as Troy
  • Michael Beach

    as John, Sr.
  • Leon

    as Russell
  • Wendell Pierce

    as Michael
  • Donald Faison

    as Tarik
  • Jeffrey D. Sams

    as Lionel
  • Jazz Raycole

    as Onika
  • Brandon Hammond

    as John, Jr.
  • Kenya Moore

    as Denise
  • Lamont Johnson

    as Joseph
  • Wren T. Brown

    as Minister
  • Theo

    as On Air D.J.
  • Ken Love

    as DJ at the Hermosa
  • Graham Galloway

    as Fireman
  • Starletta DuPois

    as Savannah's Mother
  • Shari L. Carpenter

    as Savannah's Assistant
  • Thomas R. Leander

    as Interviewer
  • Cordell Conway

    as Group at Hermosa Table
  • Lee Wells Jr.

    as Group at Hermosa Table
  • Hope Brown

    as Group at Hermosa Table
  • Delaina Mitchell

    as Tarik's Girl Friend
  • Luis Sharpe

    as Herbert
  • Joseph S. Myers

    as Security Guard at John's Office
  • Ezra Swerdlow

    as Wild Bill
  • Ellin La Var

    as Hairdresser
  • Patricia Anne Fox

    as Customer at Hair Salon
  • Wally Bujack

    as Judge
  • Brenda Baldwin-Davis

    as Shopping Mall Extra (uncredited)
  • William Bolander

    as Open Air Market Shopper / New Year's Eve Partier (uncredited)
  • L. Scott Caldwell

    as Bernadine's Lawyer (uncredited)
  • Kacee DeMasi

    as Musician (uncredited)
  • Giancarlo Esposito

    as David Matthews (uncredited)
  • Wanda-Lee Evans

    as Jane Millhouse (uncredited)
  • Tom Hedrick

    as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Donyell Hinton

    as Church Patron (uncredited)
  • Bob Huff

    as Open Air Market Shopper (uncredited)
  • Angela Kenzslowe

    as Salon Client (uncredited)
  • Kelly Preston

    as Kathleen (uncredited)
  • Jose Rosete

    as New Year's Eve Partier (uncredited)
  • Juliet Rose Serrato

    as Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
  • Wesley Snipes

    as James Wheeler (uncredited)
Directing Forest Whitaker Director
Writing Terry McMillan Novel
Writing Terry McMillan Screenplay
Writing Ronald Bass Screenplay
Production Terry McMillan Executive Producer
Production Deborah Schindler Producer
Production Ezra Swerdlow Producer
Sound Babyface Original Music Composer
Camera Toyomichi Kurita Director of Photography
Editing Richard Chew Editor
Art David Gropman Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Judy L. Ruskin Costume Design
Crew Betsy Sokolow-Sherman Unit Publicist
Production Caron K Associate Producer
Production Ronald Bass Executive Producer
Production Jaki Brown Casting
Directing Joseph Ray First Assistant Director
Art Marc Fisichella Art Direction
Directing Roni Wheeler Second Assistant Director
Art Michael W. Foxworthy Set Decoration
Directing Shari L. Carpenter Script Supervisor