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Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

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Tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.
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Credited cast:
Whitney Houston ... Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Anderson Tony Anderson ... Himself
Burt Bacharach ... Himself
Michael Baker Michael Baker ... Himself
Bobbi Kristina Brown ... Herself (archive footage)
Bobby Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Tina Brown Tina Brown ... Herself
Robyn Crawford Robyn Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)
Doug Daniel Doug Daniel ... Himself
David Foster ... Himself
Sharlotte Gibson ... Herself
Toni Gregory Toni Gregory ... Herself
Frances Grill Frances Grill ... Herself
John Russell Houston Jr. John Russell Houston Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Cissy Houston ... Herself
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By the time Whitney Elizabeth Houston was 15, she was singing background vocals for Chaka Khan, Lou Rawls, and Jermaine Jackson. In 1983 Whitney signed a worldwide recording contract with Clive Davis's Arista Records. However her success came with its fair share of drug use, love affairs, and scandals.

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UK | USA

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English | French

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Whitney Houston See more »

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Vienna, Austria See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Culled from over 80 hours of interviews with people that knew and worked with Whitney Houston. See more »

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Whitney Houston: I want people to remember me just being a real nice person.
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Eye Opening
4 September 2017 | by eyez76See all my reviews

At one point in my life, Whitney was the woman with the voice that made me long to be a singer. I absolutely idolized her. Her struggles with drug addiction was so disappointing to me, as was her death as a result of that struggle.

For me, this was an extremely honest, eye opening documentary that made me both sad and angry. We were always lead to believe Bobby was who got her into drugs. Finding out that she'd been doing drugs since she was a child - in my opinion - is a game changer. And the fact that her family took massive advantage of, and controlled, her, all the while enabling her addiction is just absolutely sickening. As for her relationship with Robyn, it's a damn shame the relationship couldn't have been what it should've been able to be.

For those who gave low scores on this documentary... Sometimes the truth isn't pretty. It can be ugly. It can be hard to hear. Sometimes it's just downright sad. It doesn't make it wrong to tell the story. In fact, sometimes it makes it more important for the story to be told.


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