Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Tate Donovan, Mary J. Blige, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Brenda Nicole Moorer
Musical bio-drama directed by Liesl Tommy. Respect (2021) follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s (Jennifer Hudson) career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to becoming an international superstar and legend.
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Barbara Franklin: [singing] How is Aretha doing?
Young Aretha: [singing] Aretha’s doing alright.
Barbara Franklin: [singing] Just alright.
Barbara Franklin: Singing is sacred, Re. And you shouldn’t do it just become somebody wants you to. What’s most important is that you are treated with dignity and respect.
CL Franklin: You’re special, Re. You have a talent they call genius.
Woman #1: How old is she?
Woman #2: She’s ten. But her voice is going on thirty, honey.v
CL Franklin: [to Aretha] I need you to focus and avoid frivolous distractions.
Dinah Washington: How many albums have you had?
Aretha Franklin: Four.
Dinah Washington: And no hits. Honey, find the songs that move you. Until you do that, you ain’t going nowhere.
Aretha Franklin: I need a change. I want to sing what I want to sing.
Aretha Franklin: You really like it?
Erma Franklin: We love it, Re.
Jerry Wexler: Aretha, you do talk, don’t you? Not just sing?
Aretha Franklin: I’d like you to call me Miss Franklin.
Jerry Wexler: I got a single by this new chick named Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin: You’re not about to mess this up for me.
Aretha Franklin: This song goes out to anyone who’s ever felt mistreated.
Erma Franklin: You need to take a break.
Aretha Franklin: I know how to run my business.
CL Franklin: Have you lost your mind?
Aretha Franklin: Maybe I found it.
Brenda Franklin: Do you see what she is? She’s a miracle.
Aretha Franklin: You have to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace.