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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 24, 1999
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus: Chapter Search
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Angela Bassett & Laurence Fishburne|
|Performer:||Chi McBride, Cora Lee Day, Jenifer Lewis, Khandi Alexander, Pamala Tyson, Penny Johnson, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Sherman Augustus & Vanessa Bell Calloway|
|Directed by||Brian Gibson|
|Screenwriting by||Kate Lanier|
|Composition by||Stanley Clarke|
|Produced by||Doug Chapin & Barry Krost|
|Director of Photography:||Jamie Anderson|
Rating: 3/4 -- A powerful portrait of emotional endurance, propelled by the outstanding performances of Bassett and Fishburne, both of whom lend a crucial dimension to the gradual redundancies of Kate Lanier's otherwise insightful screenplay. Full Review
...Broad, savvy, entertaining....[Bassett] transforms herself memorably...
New York Times
Rating: 2/4 -- Brian Gibson, who directed the script by Kate Lanier, seems to have trouble taking charge of his material as he skips through the years. Full Review
Bassett ignites into a major star, a dazzling supernova, with her bravura acting and dancing as Tina Turner, a submissive wife who finally fights. Full Review
...A passionate and professional drama that hits both the high and low notes of an extraordinary life and career. An immensely enjoyable saga...
Complete with the rock star wigs, superhero body and slightly timid but ever so deliberate snarl in her speech, Bassett embodied the icon during her slow and steady rise to fame, and her tumultuous marriage... Full Review
Reel Talk Online
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Though the picture rightfully belongs to Bassett, a final word must be said about Fishburne, who never fails to make Ike seem human if not defensible. Even in defeat, he is remarkably compelling. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
The true story of Tina Turner's rocky road to stardom and her abusive relationship with domineering husband Ike. Outstanding, gutsy performances by the leads. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress--Angela Bassett, Best Actor--Laurence Fishburne.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
What's Love Got To Do With It
Experience for yourself the powerful true-life story of Tina Turner -- rock 'n' roll's remarkable and talented superstar. Laurence Fishburne (THE MATRIX) and Angela Bassett (HOW STELLA GOT HER GROVE BACK) deliver winning performances as Ike and Tina Turner -- whose turbulent relationship eventually forces Tina to leave and face the fear, pay the price, and find the courage to believe in herself. Don't miss WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT -- the amazing and uplifting story of one of the world's most exciting, high-energy entertainers!
17-year old Anna Mae leaves the backwoods of Tennessee for St. Louis to be reunited with her stern mother and elder sister, Alline. One evening, Alline brings Anna Mae to the night club where a group led by singer-hearthrob Ike Turner plays. Ike makes a nightly ritual of passing the microphone around the dance hall and on one visit to the club Anna Mae grabs it and belts out a song. Soon Anna's whole life is in Ike's hands: he's changed her name to Tina and taken total control of her singing career. Though he's paternalistic and artistically demanding, she's fascinated by his forceful masculinity, stylistic charisma and creative vision. But not long after their quickie Mexican marriage, things turn sour. Ike viciously abuses Tina, who, eventually struggles to free herself of his psychotic reign of terror.
Rock And Roll | True Story | Love Story | Personal Triumph | Rags To Riches | Recommended | Theatrical Release
- "What's Love Got to Do with It" is the biography of singer-performer Tina Turner.
- Shot in Technicolor and widescreen.
- In 1979, Ms. Turner met manager Roger Davies, and together they made the album "Private Dancers," released in 1983. Her best-selling autobiography, "I, Tina," on which the film is based, was a best-seller when it came out in 1986. The film, however, had a difficult gestation period: Howard Ashman, the film's initial producer, dropped out in the early stages of its conception.
- Angela Bassett's previous screen appearance as Betty Shabazz in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X," highlighted the actress' talents.
- Bassett's dynamic performance in "What's Love Got To Do With It" was lauded by critics. Her performance involves no singing. Tina Turner per-recorded all the songs for the soundtrack.
- Bassett and Fishburne worked together on John Singleton's "Boyz N' the Hood," which reportedly influenced Fishburn's decision to make this film. Fishburne was initially reluctant to accept the role because he felt Ike's character was drastically underdeveloped.
- Apparently, the script went through several re-edits, with character details constantly being revised. Of the 17 drafts, some examined the nuances of Tina's relationship to her parents.
- Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Available to buy in the UK.
- Sales Rank: 1,184
- UPC: 717951003256
- Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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