Respect (2021) Release Info, Review & Trailer

Respect (2021)
Respect (2021)
Respect (2021)


Aretha Franklin began singing in her father’s church choir when she was a youngster and went on to become a global musical sensation and icon.

  • Rating: PG-13 (Violence|Strong Language|Mature Thematic Content|Smoking|Racial Epithets|Suggestive Material)
  • Genre: Biography, Music, Drama
  • Original Language: English
  • Director: Liesl Tommy
  • Producer: Scott Bernstein, Jonathan Glickman, Harvey Mason Jr.
  • Writer: Tracey Scott Wilson
  • Release Date (Theaters): Aug 13, 2021, Wide
  • Production Co: Creative Wealth Media Finance, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Cinesite Animation, Bron Studios, Glickmania


Respect is a biographical musical drama film based on the life of American singer Aretha Franklin, directed by Liesl Tommy (on her feature film directing debut) from a script by Tracey Scott Wilson. Respect will have its global debut at the 74th Locarno Film Festival on August 13, 2021, and will be distributed theatrically in the United States by United Artists Releasing and worldwide by Universal Pictures on August 13, 2021.

On August 13, 2021, Respect will be released in theaters across the United States. It was supposed to be released in restricted quantities on December 25, 2020, then expanded on January 8, 2021, before becoming broad the following week.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was shifted to a single broad release on January 15, with no limited distribution, before being pushed back to August 2021. August 14, 2020, and October 9 were also previously announced as release dates. The film will be shown in the Piazza Grande section of the 74th Locarno Film Festival, which runs from August 4 to 14.


Respect (2021)
Respect (2021)


  • Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin
  • Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin 
  • Marlon Wayans as Ted White 
  • Audra McDonald as Barbara Franklin 
  • Marc Maron as Jerry Wexler 
  • Tituss Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland



The duration of the film is 2 hours and 25 minutes.


Iceland 11 August 2021
Portugal 12 August 2021
Slovakia 12 August 2021
Canada 13 August 2021
Finland 13 August 2021
Lithuania 13 August 2021
Sweden 13 August 2021
USA 13 August 2021
Bulgaria 14 August 2021
France 18 August 2021
Australia 19 August 2021
New Zealand 19 August 2021
Saudi Arabia 19 August 2021
Denmark 26 August 2021
Germany 2 September 2021
Malaysia 2 September 2021
Netherlands 2 September 2021
Taiwan 3 September 2021
Argentina 9 September 2021
Brazil 9 September 2021
Serbia 9 September 2021
UK 10 September 2021
Ireland 10 September 2021
Spain 24 September 2021
Turkey 24 September 2021
Italy 7 October 2021
Singapore 7 October 2021
Russia 14 October 2021
Respect (2021)
Respect (2021)


(original title) Respect
Argentina Respect: La historia de Aretha Franklin
Australia Respect
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title) Респект
Canada (English title) Respect
France Respect
Germany Respect
Mexico Respect: La Historia De Aretha Franklin
Portugal Respect
Serbia Respect
Slovakia Rešpekt
Taiwan 靈魂心聲
UK Respect
USA Respect
(working title) Untitled Aretha Franklin Biopic




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