Def by Temptation

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Def by Temptation
Def by temptation.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Bond III
Produced byJames Bond III
Written byJames Bond III
Music byPaul Laurence
CinematographyErnest R. Dickerson
Edited by
  • Brian O'Hara
  • Li-Shin Yu
  • Bonded Filmworks
  • Orpheus Pictures
Distributed byShapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment
Release date
  • May 11, 1990 (1990-05-11)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.2 million[2]

Def by Temptation is a 1990 American comedy horror film written, produced, and directed by James Bond III and stars Bond, Kadeem Hardison, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bill Nunn.


The story is set in New York City and revolves around the relationship between two childhood best friends: "Joel", who is raised by his religious grandmother after both of his parents are killed, and "K" who abandons his religious upbringing and moves to New York to become a movie star. The story opens as Joel (now a minister like his deceased father), becomes somewhat disillusioned with Christianity and decides to take a trip to New York to visit his friend, K. While awaiting Joel's arrival, K (played by Kadeem Hardison) visits the local bar and meets the perfect woman (played by Cynthia Bond)--who, in reality, is a succubus seeking blood and vengeance against any and all men foolish enough to be tempted by her.



Def by Temptation was theatrically released on May 11, 1990 and earned $54,582 in eleven venues.[3] At the end of its run, the film grossed $2,218,579.[2]


  1. ^ "DEF BY TEMPTATION (18)". British Board of Film Classification. April 23, 1992. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Def by Temptation (1990)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for May 11-13, 1990". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. May 14, 1990. Retrieved November 29, 2015.

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