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‘Preacher’s Wife’ captures spirit of season

12/6/2013, 6 a.m.
The Preacher's Wife starring Whitney Houston and Courtney B Vqnce will be screened Dec. 10 at the William C. Brown Library in Decatur

Fans of Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston and Courtney B. Vance can see them in the delightful Christmas classic “The Preacher’s Wife” on Dec. 10 at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library in Decatur.

The 1996 comedy/drama/fantasy film will be screened from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It features the good-natured Rev. Henry Biggs (Vance), who finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia (Houston) is flagging because of his constant absences caring for members of the deprived neighborhood they live in.

His church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton (played by Gregory Hines).

In desperation, Biggs prays to God for help – and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley (Washington). However, Dudley’s arrival seems to cause even more trouble.

The movie, which runs for 123 minutes, is rated PG. It is a remake of 1947’s “The Bishop’s Wife,” which starred Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven.

The 1996 film’s soundtrack album featuring Houston’s powerful vocals is the best-selling gospel soundtrack album of all time. An estimated 6 million copies have been sold worldwide.

The library is at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road. For more information, call 404-286-6980.