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Holiday Heart (2000)

A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writers:

Cheryl L. West (teleplay), Cheryl L. West (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ving Rhames ... Holiday Heart
Alfre Woodard ... Wanda Dean
Jesika Reynolds ... Niki Dean (as Jessika Quynn Reynolds)
Mykelti Williamson ... Silas
Johnathan Wesley Wallace Johnathan Wesley Wallace ... Jambalaya Blue (as Johnathan Wallace)
Philip Maurice Hayes ... Sergeant
Blu Mankuma ... Pastor Henry
Lorena Gale ... Mrs. Owens
James Kidnie ... Penthouse M.C.
Benz Antoine ... Fisher
Guy Fauchon Guy Fauchon ... Travel Agent Dan
Ron Selmour ... LT (as Ronald Selmour)
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ... Mrs. Walker
Mary Antonini Mary Antonini ... Sarah
Emy Aneke ... Ricky
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Storyline

A drag queen takes in a drug addict and her daughter and helps raise the daughter.

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Taglines:

A drag queen faces his toughest act ever. Fatherhood. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida É Mesmo Assim See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Ving Rhames and Mykelti Williamson have played Don King. Ving Rhames portrayed King in Don King: Only in America (1997) and Mykelti Williamson played him in Ali (2001). See more »

Goofs

Nikki's shoes change from sneakers to boots during the scenes in which she first meets Holiday and when he takes them to his house. See more »

Quotes

Wanda: Excuse me. Are you the principal?
Principal: Yes.
Wanda: Okay, I'm Wanda Dean. This is my daughter, Nicki Dean. Remember her name now. She is brilliant. I am delivering her to you as a happy straight-A student with an imagination. And I expect you to return to me the same way. Otherwise I can be a nighmare bitch. So, if she gets so much as a hangnail, you let me know, okay?
Principal: I promise you. I understand. We'll take good care of your daughter.
Wanda: Okay. Have a good day, Nicole!
Holiday Heart: "A nightmare bitch?"
Wanda: What? I'm just ...
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Connections

Features Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Hurry Love
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
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The story of the drag queen with a heart of gold packs an emotional wallop.
24 June 2003 | by DgoldynSee all my reviews

Caught this movie on the Black Entertainment Network while

flipping channels. It was a pleasant surprise!!! Entertaining! Funny

and heart tugging all at once.

When a young girl cries for help for her mom who is being beaten

up by her boyfriend, the only one to help is a drag queen--Holiday

Heart-- who packs a punch. He befriends the duo taking them to

his home and they become a family in spite of their differences.

All is well until another man comes along putting a rift between the

mother and Holiday. Then Drugs pull the mom away from the

family.

I found Holiday;s need for a family heartbreaking and truthful--and

it was an incredible portrayal. Also great are Alfre Woodward and

the young girl.

There are a couple of holes in the plot but this story of a drag

queen with a heart of gold really packs an emotional wallop. What

a sleeper. Highly recommended


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