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An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whitney Houston ... Herself (archive footage)
Ellen White Ellen White ... Herself - Family Friend / Employee (as 'Aunt Bae')
Michael Houston Michael Houston ... Himself - Brother / Employee
Cissy Houston ... Herself - Mother
Aretha Franklin ... Herself (archive footage)
Gary Houston ... Himself - Brother / Backup Singer (as Gary Garland-Houston)
Donna Houston Donna Houston ... Herself - Former Sister-in-Law
Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson ... Himself - First Black Mayor of Newark (archive footage) (as Ken Gibson)
Deforest B. Soaries Jr. Deforest B. Soaries Jr. ... Himself - Family Friend (as Reverend Deforest Soaries)
Drinkard Singers Drinkard Singers ... Themselves (archive footage)
Dionne Warwick ... Herself - Whitney's Cousin (archive footage)
Dee Dee Warwick Dee Dee Warwick ... Herself - Whitney's Cousin (archive footage)
Keith Kelly Keith Kelly ... Himself - Family Friend / Employee
John Houston III John Houston III ... Himself - Half-Brother
Patricia Houston ... Herself - Sister-in-Law / Manager 2000-2012 (as Pat Houston)
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An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

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Her story: intimate, unguarded, in her own words. See more »


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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

5 July 2018 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,265,572, 8 July 2018

Gross USA:

$3,026,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,605,123
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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the interviews filmed wound up in the cutting-room floor, like Jennifer Hudson's. The director felt that much of its content was banal and uninteresting. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Whitney Houston: There were times when I would look up to God and I'd go, "Why is this happening to me?" And then these dreams... I'd have these dreams about being on a bridge and the bridge going back and forth and swaying. There's a big storm coming... I'm always running from this giant. I'm always running from this big man. I know I can make it. I know I can make it. I know I can make it. My mother always says, "Oh, you know, that's nothin' but the devil; he's just trying to get you. He just ...
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Ain't It Funky Now
Performed by James Brown
Written by James Brown
Published by Golo Publishing Company (BMI)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Polydor Records Inc
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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CHEER! - (8 stars out of 10)
8 January 2019 | by Front-Row-ReviewsSee all my reviews

The stage curtains open ...

I remember one time, I was about 18 years old, still living at home - my family and I were watching a live performance on television of a new sensation singing "The Greatest Love Of All". I was blown away - me ... a kid who primarily listened to rock and metal music, was completely enamored with the magic of what was Whitney Houston. My Dad made the comment that he didn't like her. My Mom agreed. They thought she sang too loud and they didn't like singers with vocals that could blow you out of the room. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. My brother wasn't really paying attention, and my sister was too young to appreciate it. I never understood how my parents weren't able to recognize what was the best voice of my generation. Perhaps of all-time. But, I saw it. Me - a rocker, a headbanger. I saw Whitney for what she was. I felt like I was the only one in the whole world that night, that she was singing only to me. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. That is the effect Whitney Houston had on me. The day she died, I cried.

This documentary was very well made. It was insightful, deep and told with compassion by those who knew her best and loved her the most. Taking us on her life's journey from the influence of her mother, aunt and other family members - from singing gospel in church and signing a record deal with Arista. Her success and fame, the accolades she received - then through the troubled times, her rocky marriage, drug abuse and finally her tragic death. I re-lived my own youth when I saw her early performances. She reached my heart yet again, although this time it was much more somber and sad.

I deeply appreciated this film and will watch it again. It captures the essence of Whitney, of who she really was - and the Whitney I always envisioned as a young man growing up. She was beautiful then, she still is now ... she always will be. One of our greatest losses.


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