Respect 2021 film, wiki, release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Storyline

Respect

Respect (2021 film)

Respect is a biographical musical drama film based on the life of American singer Aretha Franklin, directed by Liesl Tommy (in her feature directorial debut), written by Tracey Scott Wilson and Callie Khouri, and released in 2021. Jennifer Hudson plays Franklin in the film. In supporting roles, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, and Mary J. Blige appear.

The film follows Franklin’s life for the first two decades, from her birth as a musical prodigy in an affluent African-American family to the impact of losing her mother at the age of ten, to her arduous rise to international musical stardom while enduring an abusive marriage and patriarchal constraints, culminating with the recording of her influential live album Amazing Grace (1971).

Respect premiered in Los Angeles on August 8, 2021,[7] and was released theatrically in the United States on August 13, 2021, by United Artists Releasing, and in other territories by Universal Pictures, after much delay and postponement owing to the burgeoning COVID-19 epidemic. The film has grossed more than $31 million worldwide and has garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, with acclaim for Hudson’s acting, the film’s production values, and costume design, but criticism for the narrative.

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Respect film Release Date

Respect had its world premiere on August 8, 2021, in Los Angeles, and was released theatrically on August 13, 2021, in the United States.  It was supposed to be released in restricted quantities on December 25, 2020, then expanded on January 8, 2021, before going wide the following week.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was changed to a single broad release on January 15, without a limited release, before being pushed back to August 2021. August 14, 2020, and October 9 were also previously announced as release dates.

The film will be shown in the Piazza Grande section of the 74th Locarno Film Festival, which runs from August 4 to 14.

Respect film Storyline

Plot Summary & Review

Aretha Franklin, at ten years old, lives in Detroit, Michigan, with her Baptist pastor father, C. L. Franklin, and sisters Erma and Carolyn. Aretha’s mother Barbara’s untimely death traumatizes her, and she refuses to speak until her father pushes her to sing at church after weeks of silence.

In 1959, Aretha Franklin, then a teenager and a mother of two, meets Ted White, a local producer, at her father’s house for a party. C. L. interrupts the two as they strike up a conversation, warning Ted to stay away from his family. C. L. later surprises Aretha with plane tickets to New York for a meeting with Columbia Records’ John Hammond. Aretha began singing jazz albums with Columbia after being offered a contract, including “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.”

Aretha Franklin has yet to have a trademark success as a jazz singer despite four albums. She is encouraged to choose songs that move her and avoid attempting to fit into the polished image her father wants her to project after singing a homage to inspiration and longtime family friend Dinah Washington, who is first offended by the gesture. Aretha reunites with Ted White and establishes a relationship with him. Aretha began missing recording sessions to see her father, frustrated by her lack of success after nine albums. Aretha goes home, much to the displeasure of her sisters and the dismay of their father.

Ted and Aretha marry in 1961 and have a kid, but Aretha is eventually dumped by Columbia. Ted signs a contract with Atlantic Records’ experienced record producer Jerry Wexler, who teams her up with talented musicians in Muscle Shoals, where Aretha begins recording her first song, “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).” The recording session, however, is interrupted shortly when Ted gets into a dispute with the studio management.

Dr. Martin Luther King, a longtime family friend of the Franklins, presents Aretha Franklin with an award from the Southern Christian Leadership Center and proclaims February 16 as “Aretha Franklin Day” in Detroit before a concert. Aretha Franklin sings another classic song, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and prepares to perform at another civil rights gathering in Memphis, disregarding Ted’s request that she meet with Wexler and other executives to discuss the possibility of a tour. Following the publication of an article in Time magazine portraying Ted’s mistreatment of Aretha in a hotel lobby, an enraged Ted approaches Aretha, prompting her to leave their relationship.

Aretha Franklin continues to make successes, but she has become overworked, continually double-booking performances and coping with the pressures of her business by turning to booze and drugs. Aretha’s siblings attempt to conduct an intervention, but Aretha retaliates fiercely by telling them that her success is a source of support for them. When an inebriated Aretha falls from the stage during a performance, Ken chooses to leave. Aretha continues to seek solace in her drinking until she experiences a vision of her late mother and resolves to sober up, resulting in Ken and Aretha reconciling.

Aretha feels compelled to return to her gospel origins, so she approaches Wexler with the notion of making a gospel album. Wexler tries to persuade her not to release the album, but she eventually agrees on the condition that the recording is filmed. Aretha begins rehearsals with James Cleveland, a family acquaintance who is now a well-known gospel performer. Aretha is pleased to learn that her father has consented to come, and he apologizes to her for the anguish he has given her during the recording. She begins to perform Amazing Grace, which went on to become her best-selling album in the United States, selling over two million copies and earning a double-platinum certification.

Respect film Cast

  • Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin
    • Skye Dakota Turner as young Aretha Franklin
  • Forest Whitaker as C. L. Franklin, Aretha’s father
  • Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Aretha’s abusive husband and manager
  • Audra McDonald as Barbara Siggers Franklin, Aretha’s mother
  • Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler
  • Albert Jones as Ken Cunningham
  • Leroy McClain as Cecil Franklin, Aretha’s older brother
  • Tituss Burgess as James Cleveland
  • Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin, Aretha’s older sister
  • Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Aretha’s younger sister
  • Tate Donovan as John Hammond
  • Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington
  • Kelvin Hair as Sam Cooke
  • Heather Headley as Clara Ward
  • Lodric D. Collins as Smokey Robinson
  • Gilbert Glenn Brown as Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Brenda Nicole Moorer as Brenda Franklin-Corbett

Respect film Wiki

  • Directed by Liesl Tommy
  • Screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson
  • Story by
    Callie Khouri
    Tracey Scott Wilson
  • Produced by
    Harvey Mason Jr.
    Scott Bernstein
    Jonathan Glickman
    Stacey Sher
  • Starring
    Jennifer Hudson
    Forest Whitaker
    Marlon Wayans
    Audra McDonald
    Marc Maron
    Tituss Burgess
    Mary J. Blige
  • Cinematography Kramer Morgenthau
  • Edited by Avril Beukes
  • Music by Kris Bowers
  • Production companies
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Bron Creative
    Glickmania
    One Community
  • Distributed by
    United Artists Releasing (United States)
    Universal Pictures (International)
  • Release date
    August 8, 2021 (Los Angeles)
    August 13, 2021 (United States)
  • Running time 145 minutes
  • Country United States
  • Language English
  • Budget $55 million
  • Box office $31.2 million

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