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

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Kevin Macdonald

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Kevin Macdonald
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kevin Costner ... Himself
Whitney Houston ... Herself (archive footage)
Aretha Franklin ... Herself (archive footage)
Bobby Brown ... Himself
Merv Griffin ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobbi Kristina Brown ... Herself (archive footage)
Dionne Warwick ... Herself (archive footage)
Marvin Gaye ... Himself (archive footage)
Nelson Mandela ... Himself (archive footage)
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds ... Himself
Cissy Houston ... Herself
Clive Davis ... Himself
Robyn Crawford Robyn Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)
Debra Martin Chase ... Herself
Patricia Houston ... Herself - Sister-in-Law (as Pat Houston)
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An in-depth look at the life and music of Whitney Houston.

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All the music. All the stories. All the answers. See more »


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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »
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English

Release Date:

5 July 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Whitney See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,274,051, 8 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,026,351, 20 September 2018
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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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Connections

Features Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

How Will I Know
Performed by Whitney Houston
Written by Shannon Rubicam, George Merrill, Narada Michael Walden (as Narada Walden)
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd/Carlin Music Corp
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
Under licence from Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
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I get so emotional baby.
1 July 2018 | by iforgotmypantsSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this as part of preview screening at the Brixton Ritzy, bookended by incredible performances from the London Community Gospel Choir. It was emotionally exhausting, a whole range from euphoria at her stratospheric rise to distress at Whitney's destructive fall and personal tragedy. The film is an education in the music industry, media reaction and family drama. Stark and shocking in places with well chosen news footage framing her life in the context of the world she lived in at the time.


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