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

124 min
Drama | Romance
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Kevin Rodney Sullivan
4 wins & 8 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1998-08-14
Filming Locations: 1090 Rubio Street, Altadena, California, USA
Budget: $20,000,000
Opening Weekend: $11,318,919 (USA) (16 August 1998)
Gross: $37,672,350 (USA) (10 January 1999)
Angela Bassett
Stella Payne
Taye Diggs
Winston Shakespeare
Whoopi Goldberg
Delilah Abraham
Regina King
Suzzanne Douglas
Michael J. Pagan
Quincy Payne
Sicily Johnson
Chantel (as Sicily)
Richard Lawson
Barry Shabaka Henley
Lee Weaver
Glynn Turman
Dr. Shakespeare
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
Mrs. Shakespeare
Denise Hunt
Ms. Thang
Lisa Hanna
Philip Casnoff
Lou Myers
Uncle Ollie
D'Army Bailey
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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Taye Diggs was performing in the Broadway production of "Rent" when he learned that he had landed the male lead in this film. He celebrated by streaking through the theater where he was working.
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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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Originally cast as the old man who hits on Stella during her initial stay in Jamaica, all of Danny Glover's scenes were deleted from the final cut of the film. He's seen briefly in the film during the scene where Stella, submerged in a pool, is talking to Winston (who's standing poolside), and points out an older man who's been hitting on her during her stay. In a quick long shot, Glover can be seen in old age make-up holding a flower he intends to give to Stella.
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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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The airport is LAX but the story takes place in the San Francisco area.
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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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Stella Payne: [eating breakfast] Something sure smells good.
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Photos from cast
James Pickens Jr.