Whats Love Got To Do With It

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by bulldogbabi@webtv.net on 10/25/1999

Now this was a really good movie about the Superstar Tina Turner. I did not know she got beat up that bad!!!!!!IT is amazing how great stories can be retold by superb acting by Laurence Fishborne and Angela BassetteGet This DVD if only to hear the real sound Tracks of the Great voice of the Real Tina Turner backing up this great movie..... Read More

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She began her life as anna mae bullock and met ike turner in st. Louis. Together, with ike, she shot to the top of the music world. But she paid the price and eventually had to find the courage to leave it all behind and start her life and her singing career all over again.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40114684
UPC 717951003256
UPC 14 00717951003256
Format DVD
Release Date 12/24/2011
Rating Rating
Love Story
Personal Triumph
Rags To Riches
Rock And Roll
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
New York Times "...Broad, savvy, entertaining....[Bassett] transforms herself memorably..." 06/09/1993 p.C15
Premiere "...Angela Bassett's Tina is one helluva Proud Mary..." - Recommended| 04/01/1994 p.142
USA Today "...[Basset delivers] a great performance..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 06/09/1993 p.1D
Variety "...A passionate and professional drama that hits both the high and low notes of an extraordinary life and career. An immensely enjoyable saga..." 06/14/1993
Chicago Sun-Times "...WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT has a lot of terrific music in it....It's a story of pain and courage, uncommonly honest and unflinching..." 06/11/1993 p.42
Brian Gibson
Laurence Fishburne
Angela Bassett
Cast & Crew
Angela Bassett - Actor
Jenifer Lewis - Actor
Larry Fishburne - Actor
Vanessa Bell Calloway - Actor
Tina Turner - Based on "I, Tina" By
Kurt Loder - Based on "I, Tina" By
Brian Gibson - Director
Jamie Anderson - Director of Photography
Stuart Pappe - Editor
Stanley Clarke - Musical Score
Pat Kohoe - Producer
Doug Chapin - Producer
Stephen Altman - Production Designer
Kate Lanier - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 1750703
UPC 00717951003256
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1994) Laurence Fishburne, Nominee, Best Actor,Angela Bassett, Nominee, Best Actress
Golden Globe (1994) Angela Bassett, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Grammy (1994) Berry & Lulu DuBerry, Nominee, Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review What's Love Got to Do With It? Not much, I'm afraid. An exploration of Tina Turner's life with the abusive Ike, it's a sketchy but brutal bio-pic with a weft of beatings and a warp of rhythm and blues. One minute she's belting out "Proud Mary," the next Ike's belting her. The film, like the the couple's co-dependent relationship, is fiercely acted out and ablaze with flashy production numbers. Lip-syncing to Turner's vocals but strutting her own freshly pumped stuff, Angela Bassett as Tina sings the lyrics of her life... Bassett, who played opposite Fishburne in Boyz N the Hood, most recently was the devout Muslim Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X, a character of considerable restraint. This role, which shows off Bassett's ferocity and range, promises to win her an Oscar nomination. A handsome woman with the lanky appeal of Katharine Hepburn, Bassett brays and bruises with equal effectiveness. A star is born... Fishburne's performance is astounding for the humanity he brings to the thinly drawn Ike, who turns inexplicably from a charming womanizer to a coke-snorting wife-beater. Fishburne, who played an exemplary father figure in Boyz N the Hood, is anything but that here. He is a Svengali who is able to draw his family back again and again despite his frequent rampages... The mitigating factor is that Bassett overcomes the limitations of the role to become more than a punching bag.
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 0
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What's Love Got To Do With It ranks as one of the most harrowing, uncompromising showbiz biographies I've ever seen. It is a tradition in the genre that performers must go through hard times in order to eventually arrive at fame, but few went through harder times than Tina Turner. The movie shows Ike, jealous of her talent and popularity, turning into a violent wife-beater, and it shows her putting up with a lot more than she should have, for a lot longer... The movie stars Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne as Tina and Ike. They played the parents of the hero in Boyz N the Hood, but here they are in another universe - Bassett fiery and convincing as Tina; Fishburne, in a powerful performance, able to show us both Ike's charm and his violent side. The singing on the movie's sound track is by Tina Turner, but Bassett's performances of the songs are so much in synch - not just lip-synch, but physically, and with personality and soul - that it always seems as if we're watching Tina at work... What's Love Got To Do With It has a lot of terrific music in it (including a closing glimpse of the real Tina Turner), but this is not the typical showbiz musical. It's a story of pain and courage, uncommonly honest and unflinching, and the next time I hear Tina Turner singing I will listen to the song in a whole new way.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Bassett,Angela
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
ABC-TV Terrific!
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up, way up!

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