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Whitney (2015)

A chronicle of Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.

Director:

Angela Bassett

Writer:

Shem Bitterman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yaya DaCosta ... Whitney Houston
Arlen Escarpeta ... Bobby Brown
Yolonda Ross ... Robyn Crawford
Suzzanne Douglas ... Cissy Houston
Mark Rolston ... Clive Davis
Wesley Jonathan ... Babyface
Hampton Fluker ... Steve
Reign Morton Reign Morton ... Eddie Murphy
James A. Watson Jr. ... John Houston
Kevontay Jackson ... Gangbanger
Noree Victoria ... Sheryl
Nafessa Williams ... Kim
Billy 'Sly' Williams ... Pastor Marvin Winans
Saundra McClain ... Aunt Bae
Deborah Lacey ... Award Presentor
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A chronicle of Whitney Houston's rise to fame and turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Lifetime [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whitney See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening line, "Time to be Whitney Houston," was not written in the script. It was an ad-lib suggested by director Angela Bassett during filming. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Whitney and Bobby are shopping on Rodeo Drive, logos for Moncler and Tom Ford are visible in the background. Neither store would have been established enough to have a store on Rodeo Drive. See more »

Quotes

Whitney Houston: Time to be Whitney Houston.
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Connections

References Sparkle (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Every Woman
Written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Performed by Deborah Cox
Produced by RedOne, Travon Potts and Wuff for RedOne Productions
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Awful in every way
3 January 2017 | by nicholls_lesSee all my reviews

Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston? Could they have cast an Actress who looked less like Whitney? I have seen tribute acts that looked much more like her and if only for this reason I found this movie unwatchable.

When you compare this to the excellent movie 'Ray' where Jamie Foxx looked and acted so much like Ray Charles that you forgot it wasn't Ray Charles. Yaya DaCosta looks and acts nothing like Whitney Houston.

But it was also bad in every other way.

The glossing over the real story of her life. The way they used another singer to sing (or try to sing) some of Whitney's great songs. The way they tried to make Bobby Brown look so sweet and innocent which no one can possibly believe.

Angela Bassett should hang her head in shame for directing this travesty of a movie. I just hope someone produces a better movie sometime in the future.


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