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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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The untold story. For the first time. See more »


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5 July 2018 (UK) See more »

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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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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 »

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[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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Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner (Live at Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
Performed by Whitney Houston
Written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith
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Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
Under licence from Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
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Heartbreaking
11 July 2018 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

Whitney is a documentary about the beautiful and immensely talented Whitney Houston. I don't think I've seen a documentary yet that I thought was bad. The goal of a documentary is to bring forth information about a person, place, time, or otherwise that you may not have known. That was definitely achieved in this documentary however speculative some of the things may have been.

I knew the inevitable ending of this documentary yet I still wasn't prepared. In fact, her death was made even more gut-wrenching after watching an hour of her tremendous ascendancy and another 50 minutes of her downward spiral. And this documentary was especially impactful to me because Whitney Houston was a staple in my house as a kid; it was her, Prince and Michael Jackson, then a little later it was George Michael... now all four are gone.

Watching this documentary you will be swelled with emotions as you listen to her amazing pipes as she was tearing up the charts in the 80's. Her voice brings chills and goosebumps it's so incomparable. And from that emotional high you really get dragged down to a supreme low as she is reduced to attempting a comeback tour in the 2000's and her voice is not even a fragment of what it once was; and there would be no comeback, only a passing away. We couldn't even witness a one last hurrah from this singing legend and that was probably the saddest thing of all.

I don't even know if I could recommend this documentary because it weighs so heavily upon the heart. You absolutely have to emotionally prepare yourself for this. If you think you can brave this documentary then by all means watch it. I only wish that her life ended differently.


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