What's Love Got to Do With It? R

What's Love Got to Do With It?
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DVD Features:

  • 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
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    • Interactive Menus: Chapter Search

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh96%

Total Count: 53


User Ratings: 52,249
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
Chicago Tribune
Jul 29, 2013
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
Jul 29, 2013
What`s Love Got to Do With It is sizzling film fare. Full Review
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Jul 29, 2013
Fishburne's astonishing portrayal of Ike is what holds the movie together. The actor builds, in precise increments, a devastating portrait of a macho control freak; he even finds a kind of ghastly humor in the character's madness. Full Review
New Yorker
Jul 29, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Basset genuinely holds your sympathy as the little country girl Anna Mae Bullock, singing and suffering her way to superstardom and personal liberation, [and] Fishburne is sensational. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Jul 29, 2013
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
Seattle Times
Jul 29, 2013
...A passionate and professional drama that hits both the high and low notes of an extraordinary life and career. An immensely enjoyable saga...
Jun 14, 1993

Product Description:

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!

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • "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.

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