The Preacher’s Wife

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Preacher's Wife (Touchstone Movie)

“The Preacher’s Wife” is a romantic comedy-drama film released in 1996, directed by Penny Marshall. The movie stars Denzel Washington as Reverend Henry Biggs, Whitney Houston as Julia Biggs, and Courtney B. Vance as Joe Hamilton.

The story revolves around Reverend Henry Biggs, a dedicated and compassionate preacher who is struggling to save his struggling church and provide support to the members of his congregation. However, he finds himself overwhelmed with the burdens of his responsibilities and starts to lose touch with his own spiritual calling.

Amidst the challenges, Henry prays for guidance and support. In a twist of fate, his prayer is answered when an angel named Dudley (played by Denzel Washington) comes to Earth to assist him. Dudley’s mission is to help Henry find his way back to his true calling and restore faith, love, and hope to the community.

As Dudley begins to work with Henry, he forms a bond with Julia, the preacher’s wife, who is feeling neglected and unappreciated. Dudley’s presence in their lives creates both humor and heartfelt moments, as he helps the couple rediscover the love they once had for each other.

“The Preacher’s Wife” is a heartwarming and inspirational film that explores themes of faith, love, and the power of self-discovery. It features outstanding performances from Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington, as well as a memorable soundtrack showcasing Houston’s powerful and soulful singing.

The film received positive reviews from audiences and critics alike, praising its uplifting message and the chemistry between the lead actors. “The Preacher’s Wife” remains a touchstone for fans of heartwarming and spiritually themed films, offering a mix of romance, comedy, and faith-based storytelling.

Additional Details


  • Denzel Washington: Dudley
  • Whitney Houston: Julia Biggs
  • Courtney B. Vance: Reverend Henry Biggs
  • Gregory Hines: Joe Hamilton
  • Jenifer Lewis: Margueritte Coleman
  • Loretta Devine: Beverly
  • Justin Pierre Edmund: Jeremiah Biggs
  • Lionel Richie: Britsloe
  • Paul Bates: Saul Jefferys
  • Lex Monson: Osbert
  • Darvel Davis, Jr.: Hakim
  • William James Stiggers, Jr.: Billy Eldridge
  • Marcella Lowery: Anna Eldridge
  • Cissy Houston: Mrs. Havergal
  • Aaron A. McConnaughey: Teen


  • Director: Penny Marshall
  • Producer: Debra Martin Chase
  • Writers: Robert Sherwood, Leonardo Bercovici, Nat Mauldin and Allan Scott

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