How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Year:
Duration:
124 min
Genres:
Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
5.4
Director:
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Awards:
4 wins & 8 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1998-08-14
Filming Locations: 1090 Rubio Street, Altadena, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $20,000,000
Opening Weekend: $11,318,919 (USA) (16 August 1998)
Gross: $37,672,350 (USA) (10 January 1999)
Cast
Actor
Character
Angela Bassett
Stella Payne
Taye Diggs
Winston Shakespeare
Whoopi Goldberg
Delilah Abraham
Regina King
Vanessa
Suzzanne Douglas
Angela
Michael J. Pagan
Quincy Payne
Sicily Johnson
Chantel (as Sicily)
Richard Lawson
Jack
Barry Shabaka Henley
Buddy
Lee Weaver
Nate
Glynn Turman
Dr. Shakespeare
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
Mrs. Shakespeare
Denise Hunt
Ms. Thang
Lisa Hanna
Abby
Philip Casnoff
Kennedy
Lou Myers
Uncle Ollie
D'Army Bailey
Minister
Art Metrano
Dr. Steinberg
Carl Lumbly
Judge Spencer Boyle
Phina Oruche
Leslie James
Tenny Miller
Kitchen Worker
Andrew Palmer
Buffet Server
Harold Dawkins
Upbeaters Band
Kenneth Buckford
Upbeaters Band
Simon Street
Upbeaters Band
Craig Blake
Winston's Friend
Elisabeth Granli
Girl in Jamaica Commercial
Steve Danton
Man in Commercial
Elly McGuire
Stella's Friend
Selma McPherson
Friend at Party #1
Fern Ward
Friend at Party #2
Danny Glover
(scenes deleted)
Lucinda Chrisman
Moviegoer (uncredited)
Jan Citron
Woman on the Gurney (uncredited)
Leroy Edwards III
Dreadlocked Man in Commercial (uncredited)
Victor Garber
Isaac (uncredited)
David C. Waite
Guy by pool / Pajama Party Guest (uncredited)
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Trivia
Angela Bassett was planning her nuptials with then-fiancé Courtney B. Vance when cast in the lead role. The start of production kept being pushed back by producer Deborah Schindler which was a blessing and a curse for Bassett. The continued delay of production gave her ample time to get her body in perfect shape for the film but it also prevented her from being able to set a definite date for her wedding. Determined to get married in the fall of 1997, Bassett and Vance stood their ground and set a firm date for the ceremony, October 17, 1997, by that point Bassett had been filming for about a month on "Stella."
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In March 2007, Terry McMillan sued her ex-husband Jonathan Plummer and his lawyer for $40 million, citing an intentional strategy to embarrass and humiliate her during the divorce proceedings. McMillan eventually won a judgment of intentional infliction of emotional distress but had withdrawn the suit before the case went to trial and Plummer was never ordered to pay the intended amount. On September 27 2010, the two sat together with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah Winfrey to discuss their post-divorce relationship and partial reconciliation and both acknowledged that he fulfilled the role of boyfriend and husband before his coming-out although McMillan stated that 'he's not my BFF'.
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The movie was based on a book by Terry McMillan who wrote about her own life and marriage to Jamaican Jonathan Plummer in 1998. She was in her late 40s and he in his early 20s. In December 2004, Plummer told McMillan that he was gay and in March 2005, she filed for divorce. He essentially only married her so he could leave Jamaica and gain American citizenship.
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Goofs
The airport is LAX but the story takes place in the San Francisco area.
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While Stella and Winston argue in the restaurant, the level of wine in her glass keeps changing.
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When Winston is going to show Stella the room he made her for building furniture it is dark, but when Winston opens the door you can easily see that there is sunlight coming through the doorway.
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Quotes
Stella Payne: [eating breakfast] Something sure smells good.
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Stella Payne: This from the guy who makes a midnight run to the video store and comes back with Booty Call and the Lion King!
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Stella Payne: So how old are you anyway, young man?
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Photos from cast
James Pickens Jr.
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