Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin. One of the best biographies in motion of the woman who sang her way to becoming the crowned Queen of Soul.

It is so deeply engaging that audiences cannot help but live the life in unison. We see her singing her heart out in the choir of her father’s church. He is played by famous actor Forest Whitaker. As the story goes, she was so passionate about performing with her voice that it was inevitable she became a top star.

But as things unfold we see how her marriage was very abusive. No doubt very reminiscent of that of Tina Turner’s and quite a few other great singers who were women.

Further into the movie, like her dad, C.L. Franklin, she became also a regular civil rights activist. In short, ‘Respect’ has its place among the most emotional cinematic wonders of the world! What you want – baby youve got it!






Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

Skye Dakota Turner as young Aretha Franklin

Forest Whitaker as C. L. Franklin

Marlon Wayans as Ted White

Audra McDonald as Barbara Siggers Franklin

Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler

Tituss Burgess as James Cleveland

Saycon Sengbloh as Erma Franklin

Hailey Kilgore as Carolyn Franklin

Tate Donovan as John Hammond

Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington

Kelvin Hair as Sam Cooke

Heather Headley as Clara Ward

Lodric D. Collins as Smokey Robinson



Jennifer Hudson  As  "Aretha"






"Respect" Yours Truly Aretha





Respect  And  The  "Genius"