Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect. Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is an Associate Artist at the Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.
With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar® winner for Writing, Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson, and screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson, directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. Wilson was a writer on FX’s The Americans which garnered her a Peabody Award as well as Emmy® and WGA Award nominations.
Check out some of the most powerful quotes from the movie Respect inside, in theaters now!
- She’s 10 but her voice is going on 30
- Your daddy don’t own your voice, Re. The only one that owns it is God.
- What is the white man compared to God?
- We must honor the gifts that God has given us,
- Don’t let nothing come between you and your music, music will save your life.
- She sounds wonderful, don’t she? Like a black Judy Garland
- I want one thing from you, to hear you sing just for me
- You ruined that song for Etta James, that is how good it is
- I don’t hate you because you are a Negro, I hate you because you are an asshole
- I’m still trying to figure out who I am. I’m not sure yet but I’m trying to find the answer
- This song goes out to anyone who’s ever felt mistreated
- You have to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar ® winner for The