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Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 18 August 2017 (USA)
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Tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Houston ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Baker Michael Baker ... Self - Musical Director
Wayne Lindsey Wayne Lindsey ... Self - Piano
Sharlotte Gibson ... Self - Vocalist
Kirk Whalum Kirk Whalum ... Self - Whitney's Saxophonist
Pattie Howard Pattie Howard ... Self - Whitney's Bass Singer
Gary Houston ... Self - Whitney's Brother
Cissy Houston ... Self - Whitney's Mother
Toni Gregory Toni Gregory ... Self - Whitney's Childhood Friend (voice)
John Russell Houston Jr. John Russell Houston Jr. ... Self (archive footage) (as John Houston)
Ellin Lavar Ellin Lavar ... Self - Friend and Stylist (voice) (archive footage)
Frances Grill Frances Grill ... Self - Whitney's Modelling Agent (voice)
Michael Houston Michael Houston ... Self - Whitney's Brother
Robyn Crawford Robyn Crawford ... Self - Whitney's Closest Confidant (archive footage)
Kenneth Reynolds Kenneth Reynolds ... Self - Marketing Executive, Arista Records


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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An incredible and poignant life story.


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This beat Kevin Macdonald's similar documentary, Whitney (2018), to theaters by a year. See more »


Whitney Houston: I want people to remember me just being a real nice person.
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27 August 2017 | by elishawin2005See all my reviews

I really don't see why this was given such a low rating. The documentary was done very tastefully. We all know Whitney had a drug problem but they didn't try to smear her legacy by showing all of negative things that were going on. I've watched many specials before and after she died but there were things in this documentary that I had never seen or heard before. That in itself says a lot. I would watch again one day. The biggest thing I'm left feeling is, I wish Bobbi Kris would have lived longer. Obviously I wish both of them would have but I can only imagine how much Whitney would have wanted Bobbi to flourish, be happy and live a wonderful life. It's all so very tragic. If you have ever been a fan of Whitney's I recommend you watch it. I don't think it's anything at all like the negative reviews are saying b

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English | French

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whitney: Can I Be Me See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »


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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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