How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How stella got her groove back.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan
Produced byDeborah Schindler
Screenplay byTerry McMillan
Ron Bass
Based onHow Stella Got Her Groove Back 
by Terry McMillan
StarringAngela Bassett
Taye Diggs
Whoopi Goldberg
Music byMichel Colombier
CinematographyJeffrey Jur
Editing byGeorge Bowers
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14)
Running time124 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[2]
Box office$39,278,722[2]
 
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How stella got her groove back.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed byKevin Rodney Sullivan
Produced byDeborah Schindler
Screenplay byTerry McMillan
Ron Bass
Based onHow Stella Got Her Groove Back 
by Terry McMillan
StarringAngela Bassett
Taye Diggs
Whoopi Goldberg
Music byMichel Colombier
CinematographyJeffrey Jur
Editing byGeorge Bowers
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14)
Running time124 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[2]
Box office$39,278,722[2]

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic drama film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Regina King. The original music score was composed by Michel Colombier.[3]

Plot[edit]

Stella Payne is a very successful 40-year-old stockbroker raising her son, Quincy, and living in Marin County, California, who is persuaded by her New York friend Delilah Abraham to take a well-deserved, first-class vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica. As she soaks in the beauty of the island, she encounters a handsome young islander, Winston Shakespeare, who is twenty years younger. His pursuits for her turns into a blossoming romance that forces Stella to take personal inventory of her life and try to find a balance between her desire for love and companionship, and the responsibilities of mother and corporate executive.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The reception from critics was mixed.[4][5][6]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, Stella grossed $11,318,919, ranking #2 in the domestic box office behind Saving Private Ryan's fourth weekend.[7] The film would go on to gross $36,672,941 domestically and an additional $1,605,781 overseas for a worldwide total of $39,278,722. From an estimated $20 million budget, this can be considered a moderate success.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack containing mostly R&B and reggae music was released on August 11, 1998 by MCA Records. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and was certified gold on September 22, 1998.

Accolades[edit]

1999 Acapulco Black Film Festival
1999 NAACP Image Awards

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