"Respect" is a 2021 biographical drama film directed by Liesl Tommy.
The starring cast includes Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, Forest Whitaker as C. L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Audra McDonald as Barbara Siggers Franklin, Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler, Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Skye Dakota Turner as Young Aretha Franklin, Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin, Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin, Tate Donovan as John Hammond and others.

Here are "Respect" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Respect movie?

MGM on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 released the trailer for "Respect" you can watch here:
RESPECT | Official Trailer | MGM Studios.

Plot summary

What is Respect movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Respect" movie plot summary.

Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson) sings in her father's church choir as a child and grows up to become an international musical superstar and the Queen of Soul, while simultaneously enduring an abusive marriage and actively involved in the civil rights movement.


Who plays who in the Respect movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Respect" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Jennifer Hudson  as Aretha Franklin
Forest Whitaker  as C. L. Franklin
Marlon Wayans  as Ted White
Audra McDonald  as Barbara Siggers Franklin
Marc Maron  as Jerry Wexler
Tituss Burgess  as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland
Skye Dakota Turner  as Young Aretha Franklin
Saycon Sengbloh  as Erma Franklin
Hailey Kilgore  as Carolyn Franklin
Tate Donovan  as John Hammond
Mary J. Blige  as Dinah Washington
Heather Headley  as Clara Ward
Kelvin Hair  as Sam Cooke
Lodric D. Collins  as Smokey Robinson
Brenda Nicole Moorer  as Brenda Franklin
Kimberly Scott  as Mama Franklin
LeRoy McClain  as Cecil Franklin
Albert Jones  as Ken Cunningham
Beau Scheier  as Joe Arnold
Myk Watford  as Rick Hall
David Simpson  as Spooner Oldham
Nevaeh Moore  as Young Carolyn
William J. Simmons  as Clarence
Kennedy Chanel  as Young Erma
Peyton Jackson  as Young Cecil Franklin
Chase Burgess  as Edward
Gilbert Glenn Brown  as Martin Luther King Jr.
Alec Barnes  as Jimmy Johnson
Aba Arthur  as Miss Gold
Joshua Mikel  as Roger Hawkins
Henry Riggs  as Tommy Cogbill
Leandra Ryan  as Alice
Christen Sharice  as Earline (as Christen Roberts)
Zach Strum  as David Hood
M. Jearl Vinot  as Sydney Pollack
Christopher Daniel  as Edward (7-10)
Jerel Xavier Alston  as Young Clarence
Joe Knezevich  as Tom Dowd
Abri  as Ted White's Prostitute
Marcia Adams  as New York Fan
Chloe Asbell  as Reporter (as Chl)
Demetrius B. Banks  as Church Choir Singer (singing voice)
Shawn Ray Cartel  as Church guest
Tony F. Charles  as Ralph Abernathy
Ikennia Cross  as Choir Director
Nichaela 'Noire' Eugene  as Choir Singer
Linda D Gaines  as VIP Concert Fan
James Hammond  as Ahmet Ertegun Founder Atlantic Records
Austin Scott Hunter  as Audience Member (as Austin Hunter)
Charity Jordan  as Party Guest
Travis L. King Jr.  as Drummer (Young Aretha scene)
Tangela Large  as Grieving Mother
Beorht Lewinski  as Cute Guy (as Bright Ayisi)
Melissa Lowe  as Secretary Linda
Jill Martin  as Upscale Party Guest
Alexandra McGuire  as Jazz Club Patron
Lawrence Mclendon  as Audience member
Thelma R. Mitchell  as Ella Fitzgerald
Ricardo Quinones  as House Party Guest
Rahiem Riley  as Formal Guest
Malaki Sample  as Ted JR
Shaun Schneider  as Charlie Chalmers
Corey Jason Thomas  as New Bethal Deacon
Chris Ward  as Photographer
Chosen Wilkins  as Hal
Rob Wood  as Arethas Saxophonist

Release date

When is Respect movie release date?

"Respect" movie release date was scheduled to be on August 13, 2021 and on September 2, 2021 (Germany) distributing by United Artists Releasing, (United States), Universal Pictures International (UPI), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Eagle Pictures, Forum Film Poland, Gulf Film, NOS Audiovisuais, United International Pictures (UIP) and Universal Pictures Argentina.


What are Respect filming details?

The duration of the film is 145 minutes. The film's budget is $55 million.

"Respect" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Respect movie?

"Respect" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.8/10.

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