Respect (2021)

Director: Liesl Tommy Run Time: 145 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2021

Starring: Audra McDonald, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige

Countries: Canada, United States
Language: English

About the film:

The remarkable story of legendary music star Aretha Franklin’s journey to find her voice in the midst of the turbulent social and political landscape of 1960s America.

About the filmmaker:

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning international theater, film and television director. She is known for her production of Les Misérables (2014) and for her direction of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed (2016), which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play. On the television front, Liesl directed episodes of Queen Sugar, Insecure, The Walking Dead, Mrs. Fletcher, and Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.

Aretha Franklin had hand-picked Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson for the role. Read more here.

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