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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

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A couple's seemingly solid marriage begins to crumble when the wife discovers that her husband intends to divorce her.

Director:

Darren Grant

Writers:

Tyler Perry (play), Tyler Perry
13 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Elise ... Helen
Steve Harris ... Charles
Tyler Perry ... Madea / Brian / Joe
Shemar Moore ... Orlando
Lisa Marcos ... Brenda
Tamara Taylor ... Debrah
Cicely Tyson ... Myrtle
Terrell Carter ... Reverend Carter
Carol Mitchell-Leon Carol Mitchell-Leon ... Mildred
Avery Knight ... BJ
Vickie Eng ... Christina
Tiffany Evans ... Tiffany
Gary Anthony Sturgis ... Jamison (as Gary Sturgis)
Bart Hansard ... Guard
Chandra Currelley-Young ... Chandra
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Storyline

Helen McCarter has everything a woman wants: a nice house and rich husband. However after her husband Charles throws her out of the house after admitting to an affair a distraught Helen turns to her mother, grandmother Madea and cousin Brian who take her in and turn back to God. Helen learns for the first time in her life to stand up on her two feet and is ready to remove herself from her relationship with Charles and move on with Orlando. But when her husband is almost killed by a vengeful client, Helen wonders if she has the heart to forgive him despite everything. Written by teyee_eng2388-1

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Taglines:

Time heals the heart. Faith heals the rest. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, thematic elements, crude sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,905,089, 27 February 2005

Gross USA:

$50,633,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,652,203
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character Madea is a combination of the women in Tyler Perry's life, his mother, aunties, and sisters. See more »

Goofs

The length of Helen's tie as she works in the restaurant. See more »

Quotes

Joe: [watching Madea butter her house arrest bracelet] You know, I was watching the Animal Planet channel and they say that when a coyote is trapped, it will eat its own foot off to get out of the trap. You want some hot sauce? In your case it wouldn't be a coyote, it would be an elephant. A big old giraffe.
Madea: Say one more thing, Joe.
[click of gun]
Madea: Say one more thing. I don't hear you. You're quiet, can I buy a vowel?
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Connections

Spin-off Madea's Tough Love (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Free
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Written by Tyler Perry and Elvin Ross
Produced by Dallas Austin and Tyler Perry
Patti LaBelle appears courtesy of Classic / Island
Courtesy of The Tyler Perry Company
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User Reviews

 
I Love this Move and these Characters
17 February 2012 | by mrssilbySee all my reviews

If you're looking for full on Tyler Perry comedy, don't watch this one. Every time I watch this movie, I laugh and I cry. I've known women who've been cheated on, and it changed them from sweet and happy, to vindictive people who trust no one. I've known families torn apart by drugs and alcohol, and the pain I see in Diary of A Mad Black Woman is dead on. Yep, I know older ladies who carry a pistol in their handbags. Maybe that's why I am so attached to this film. I know these people. DOAMBW is rough on the emotions. The pain is palpable, and we need Madea to break up the hard parts. It's like when you have sickness and death in the family, and you get punchy and silly. You have to laugh to keep from crying. The pretty people in this movie are really beautiful. Who could ever get tired of looking at Kimberly Elise and Shemar Moore? When I hear the voice-over of Kimberly Elise reading the diary entries, it's so realistic. It's the exact things you think when you are falling for someone and trying not. I've read a lot of negative reviews about this movie, but I just don't see the problems. It isn't a documentary after all.


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