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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!
Tina Turner, that dynamic diva of pop/soul/R&B from the '60s to the '90s, sings like a woman whose life story is every bit as rough and tough as her voice. And What's Love Got to Do With It, based on her autobiographical account (in I, Tina, written with Kurt Loder) of her years under the iron fist of her abusive husband and musical partner/Svengali Ike, is further proof of what we've always known about Tina: She's what you call a survivor. The movie is sort of the Disney version of Tina Turner's story--a glossy but thoroughly enjoyable, old-fashioned showbiz biopic with laughs, tears, great music, and outrageous (but faithful) period decor, costumes, makeup, and hairstyles. Our Heroine triumphs not only over the rigorous demands of her career in the music business, but finally manages to bust out of her troubled, violent marriage as well and become her own person. This is a movie that'll have you shouting at the top of your lungs: "You go, girl!" --Jim Emerson
- Angela Bassett Gives Outstanding Performance!
Angela Bassett deserved the oscar for her performance in this film. Her portrayal of Tina Turner was both convincing and heartfelt.
Before seeing the film, I was unaware of Tina Turner's years of suffering at the hands of her husband. Angela was the emodiment of Ms. Turner.
I particularly liked the scene in the film where Ms. Turner (Bassett) escapes her husband and runs to another local hotel....more info
- Intense and Extremely Well Performed
Celebrity bio-pics are very hit or miss, but once in a great while a really good one comes along--and WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT is one of them. Based on the autobiography of Tina Turner, the film offers a glossy but intense portrait of her rapid rise to stardom under the sponsorship of husband-manager Ike Turner--a relationship that quickly turned dark and became increasingly abusive as Tina's fame began to outstrip Ike's own.
Although the film is a bit on the obvious side, it is well-crafted and the two leads offer powerhouse performances. Angela Bassett is simply astonishing as Tina Turner; where most other actresses might have simply imitated, Bassett accomplishes the impossible: she makes you believe that she is Tina Turner, capturing both Tina's famous on-stage performing style (the concert scenes are really exciting) and giving a completely believable interpretation of her off-stage personality as well. The script offers Laurence Fishburne little more than a one-dimensional role, but he plays it brilliantly from start to finish, and both are well supported by the overall cast.
There is certainly a great deal more to the lives of both Ike and Tina Turner than this film conveys--but what it does show it presents with considerable power and conviction, and by the time Tina finally hits back at Ike you'll be roaring for her to hit him again--and again--and again--and eager to see her finally triumph entirely on her own. Recommended....more info
- "My name is Tina Turner and my husband and I have had
an argument. I have 32 cents in my pocket. If you give me a room I promise you I will pay you back as soon as I can."
And if this powerful scene of a battered and bruised Tina Turner from the hands of Ike Turner, fleeing to a nearby hotel - a star performer known throughout the world - with only change in her pocket, doesn't move you, then you just don't get it.
Angela Bassett won Golden Globe and NAACP Image awards for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 release that was based on the best-selling autobiography, I, Tina. Laurence Fishburne turns in a fantastic performance as Ike Turner.
The movie follows the life of Anna Mae Bullock from Nutbush, Tennessee to St. Louis - where she meets Ike Turner - and to what appeared to be a charmed life of international music stars. But success came with a harsh price for Tina Turner.
As her popularity grew, Ike Turner became physically and verbally abusive. Fueling this cowardly anger with cocaine, he openly flaunted his affairs while being surrounded by a group of enablers, who said nothing as long as the party never stopped.
Tina Turner finally finds the courage to leave the relationship and rebuild her shattered personal & professional life. The final scene brings even more powerful meaning to the song, What's Love Got To Do With It, which streaked to number one in the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 1, 1984.
A man like Ike Turner who physically and mentally abuses a woman is a sick bully and coward. In the divorce proceedings, though Tina Turner agreed to sign away any claim to future record royalties and publishing rights to their music, Ike Turner - who played a bizarre victim card - also wanted her stage name, claiming, "That name's got my daddy's blood written all over it."
He was so wrong; it wasn't his daddy's blood written all over it. Anna Mae Bullock got to keep the name that she made even more famous as a solo artist, author and - perhaps, most importantly - as a woman who showed the fortitude to leave an abusive relationship and take control of her life.
- I love it, I love it!
Where do I start...Ok at the beginning. This movie is amazing and is my all time # 1 favorite. Lawrence Fishburne & Angela Bassett did a PHENOMENAL job. The supporting cast was awesome. The characters made sure you took a walk with them through this movie. You will feel the highs and all of the lows! You will not be disappointed at all. No more words are needed....more info
- Tina Turner
I absolutely love this movie. Have only ever seen it on TV never found the dvd of it. Thanx muchly, gr8 movie....more info
- Okay movie
The actors in this movie both deserved the oscar nomination. but when i first saw this movie i loved it ,still do but i was disappointed when i saw a documentury on Tina's life ,it said her first born was by someone else in her band but in the movie they made it look like all of Tina s kid were by Ike and if ur going to tell ur story how could something that important be wrong .Otherwise the movie is entertaining...more info
- Decent biopic, but one-sided
Ever since Tina came out with her story that Ike beat her, that became the only story. Music historians know that Ike Turner created some pretty fine music, but that recedes into the background of this somewhat rote recitation of "I, Tina," the book co-authored with Rolling Stone writer Kurt Loder. Naturally, the abuse is what is emphasized here and it's not pretty. It's a 'triumph-over-adversity' tale. The music is heard, but not enough. And Tina's final big comeback is given short shrift as a coda, not the major third of her career that it actually was. Still, as entertainment, this is very watchable. You will dig Ike's 60s and 70s get-ups....more info
- loved it
i enoyed the acting in this movie, laurence fishburne, did a superb job as ike turner. Angela Bassett was also wonderful as Tina Turner, I would recommend this movie to anyone over 30=5, who could appreciate Tina....more info
- Great movie but poor special features.
After reading Tina Turner's "I Tina" book, and watching the movie, I can say that the director did a very good job to adapt 45 years to just two hours. I can also say that some important facts of the book were worth to add to the movie. But well, in overall it's very good how they did it.
Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne did a very good job also as Tina and Ike Turner. Not for nothing they were nominated to an Oscar. Angela Bassett won the 1993 award for this work.
The main comment that I would like to do about this movie, is that it's almost shameful that the special features are almost none. Even the VHS version offered more than the DVD. It at least included the video of Tina's "I don't wanna fight" a smash hit that was the theme of the movie. There are several cut scenes and work next to Tina that are not on this DVD. I wish they release an anniversary edition or something with more material.
For that ones that don't care about anything extra, I can say that the movie is very good and intense. It was one of the biggest movies of 1993 and the critics were really good. It is really worth it to watch this one. Tina's life from the dark Ike days to her emancipation was really hard and I also think that the movie can teach you a lesson that many things are possible in life....more info
- Whats love got to do with it
All I can say is, if you are looking for this, this is the best place to get it. I look here for any DVDs before I look any where else....more info
- What's Love Got to Do With It
I never met Ike Turner but don't have to because Fishburn nailed him. Great movie....more info
- "Tina Turner" What a wonderful name!
This movie is so great, now it has become one of favorite movies.
I have heard about Tina Turner's life before, but I did not know
Tina Turner's life was 'that' hard.
This name "Tina Turner" now sounds different to me
after watching this movie, it is indeed a wonderful name to keep.
She deserves the name "Tina Turner".
As a human being, this movie and her life inspires me a lot. ...more info
- The Success of Tina = the Crucifixion of Ike
This is a really fabulous movie with Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. Based on Tina Turner's life and her book I, Tina (which I have not read), the movie begins with her (formerly known as Anna Mae Bullock) as a little girl singing in a church choir, but out of sync from the rest of the group to where she gets evicted from the church. Years later, as a teen in the late 50s, she moves to St. Louis to live with her mother, who had walked out years before. Soon after that, she meets Ike Turner (played by Laurence Fishburne), the man who would give her his name. He gets her started as a singer and they get married shortly later on. At first, he is really sweet and kind to her, but after a while, the marriage starts going downhill. Ike becomes pressured and stressed out from his own career, abuses narcotics, and is jealous of Tina's success to where he gets very volatile and abusive to her. The scenes where Ike abuses Tina and bullies her are so disturbing. The scene where Ike and Tina are doing their own version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary is so wonderful, but when the crowd starts cheering after the performance, Tina receives all of the cheering, while Ike is pretty much ignored by the crowd. After a while, Tina is abused by Ike again, but it is the last straw for her as she quietly flees away from him to a hotel across the street while he is taking a nap at a hotel they had checked in to. She goes to court and divorces him, and leaving with nothing except for her name. From what is seen in this movie, Tina is very successful in her career, while the "crucifixion" of Ike is happening at the same time. He meets her sometime later on, gives her flowers and begs her to give him another chance and promises that he will do well and treat her better than the last time. She does not accept his promise (nobody would disagree with that), and gets out of his new car and slams the car door so hard the glass in the window shatters. What a way for Tina to tell Ike to get lost! She knew that she was determined to make it on her own without Ike. Good for Tina!! Bassett and Fishburne were great in their roles. This movie is worth watching. Jenifer Lewis does a great job playing Tina's mother. This is without any doubt one of the best true story movies ever to come out. I would definitely recommend it to friends. Get the CD soundtrack of this movie, too. You will enjoy that as well. Tina Turner is one of the greatest entertainers in the music industry!! Way to go, Tina!!
Additional note: Ike Turner passed away on December 12, 2007 at the age of 76. Even though he passed on, that DOES NOT mean that this movie should be trashed and/or not be liked anymore by the many people who have liked it since its release in 1993 (or anytime after). It's a movie like any other movie--you either like it or you don't like it. And, it will still continue to cultivate new fans while keeping the older ones who have liked or loved it since its original release. Even after his passing, Ike will still be regarded as a controversial person in music history, regardless of how he was portrayed in this film and/or in Tina's autobiography. Just because he's gone doesn't mean that anyone who hasn't liked him in general (or beyond), whether by seeing this movie and/or reading Tina's book, or listening to his music would soften their own opinion (or, if so, maybe just a little bit). ...more info
- LOVE THIS MOVIE
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie. It's one of my all time favorites. It contains a little bit of everything from humor to drama to lots of entertainment. The color is great, the sound is good, the songs and dances will make you want to sing and dance along with them. It's very fun to watch. I believe everyone should have this movie in their collection. You'll never get tired of watching it. ...more info
- I just want to tell everyone...
When this movie came out and I saw it at the movietheater---
You know the scene in the car where Tine finally gets enough and hit him back? Everyone in the theater started yelling and screaming, clapping their hands!! It was awesome and I will never forget it!!...more info
- good overall entertainment
Witness the stormy relationship between music sensations Ike and Tina Turner ... witness Tina's liberation from Ike's abusive and controlling ways... witness Tina's ascent to solo stardom in the 1980's... witness Tina's odd conversion to a specific branch of Buddhism. this movie's pace is pretty fast and will hold the attention of most. Great costumes, fabulous music, solid overall entertainment, but if you find it hard to watch scenes in which a man hits a woman, then you should reconsider watching this movie. Laurence Fishburne stars as Ike, Angela Bassett as Tina....more info
- You gon' leave me like the rest of them suckers i made famous Anna Mae?
I absolutely love this movie. From the beginning it will have you singing, laughing, and in awe. Angela Basset is amazing as Tina Turner!
- Great music, not so great movie
Based on Tina Turner's autobiography "I, Tina" which she wrote in 1986.
The movie is however quite different from the book and some scenes in the movie actually never happened. In interviews Tina often stated that she never saw Ike Turner after they were divorced. Him showing up with a gun at the Ritz concert in the movie is all made up !!! It's a shame that they didn't tell the story like it happened. If you want to see a more "true" life story of Tina Turner, buy "The girl from Nutbush" released in the early nineties on VHS and laserdisc.
3 stars because of the great performances of Bassett and Fishburne and Tina's music.
And please Disney, Widescreen, Dolby Digital and a trailer can hardly be called "EXTRAS" !!!!...more info
- Angela Bassett's Finest Performance
I am thrilled that Halle Berry is the first black woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award. I will forever be disappointed, however, that Angela Bassett, though nominated, was passed over in 1993 for her extraordinary portrayal of Tina Turner.
What is remarkable is that even though she looks nothing like Tina and is not at all like Tina off-screen, on screen she IS Tina Turner. You immediately forget that this is a woman ACTING the role of Tina Turner and is not the legend herself. This film should be required viewing as a textbook example of how to carry off a dramatic interpretation of a well-known individual. All of us know Tina and are accustomed to her distinctive personality. Bassett faced the incredibly difficult task of making us forget the larger-than-life public image of Tina and accept the character as she interpreted her. An exceptionally intelligent and classically trained actress, understood that the key to success was not to mimic Tina but to capture her essence, and she is brilliant in doing so. She never overreaches or milks an easy melodramatic tear. She can communicate a world of emotions and ideas with a smile, a glance, or the slightest body movement.
It really is wonderful to watch her as she sinks her teeth into the role, one of the very finest roles Hollywood has ever offered a black actress. Unfortunately, though she has carved out a fairly successful film career in the years since, Bassett is, I think, the most underrated and underutilized actress of our time.
I hope that she is fortunate enough to land another role of this quality and that next time she receives the acclaim that she so richly deserves.
P.S. Laurence Fishburne was extraordinary, as well. They BOTH deserved Oscars for their performances....more info
- Disappointing and simplistic
I love Tina Turner and expected better from this film. I suppose it is really hard to do justice to a living artist in a biopic, but the people who made RAY and WALK THE LINE did a superb job, in my opinion. I was bothered by two things: the acting and appearance of Angela Bassett and the one-sidedness of the story. Angela certainly tried hard and obviously a whole lot of people loved her performance. I wasn't one of them. True, she mastered Tina's facial gestures and movements but she missed the essence. Whenever I see Tina I see joyful exuberance; when I saw Angela-as-Tina, I saw painful frenzy. Well, maybe back in the days Tina was with Ike, her performances were pained; I only saw her in her latter post-Ike days. Angela certainly did try hard and I give her credit for that, but, physically and emotionally, she is just not Tina. She is scrawny and bony and perhaps should have gained weight for the role. She played the innocent, perky country girl well and the long-suffering victim well, but I didn't find her believable in the strong and victorious parts. I was relieved to see the real Tina in the final scene--a woman with some meat on her bones and spunk in her singing. As for the story, as has already been mentioned here, it's one-sided. Ike must have had something going for him for Tina to have stayed with him for 18 years. She is portrayed as the complete angel-victim and he is the complete devil. I don't believe it and others here have filled in the story with some facts that the movie ignored. I can see why Fishburne originally refused the role, as one-dimensional. He does very well with what he was given, but a much better picture could have been made out of a more realistic and balanced rendering of both characters. ...more info
- What's Love Got To Do With It?
This was an Amazing movie i was looking for it for a long time and the only place that has it would be Amazon.
Thank you Amazon. :)...more info
- Faithful Biopic
The life of Tina Turner on the big screen is the story behind this reasonably enthralling biopic. It's kind of a story of a woman getting out on top against all odds. The audience is treated to Tina's modest upbringing, the start of her musical career and her horrific marriage to Ike Turner. If you're expecting this to be a little overdramatic then you'd be right because some parts of this can seem over-the-top. Despite this though, you will find yourself engrossed in this true life story.
Undoubtedly the best points about this movie are the performances. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne as Tina and Ike are just outstanding. Whilst Fishburne manages to really get across just how terribly resilient and ongoing Ike was, Bassett brings a likeable sense of vulnerability and, in the end, strength in her role. In particular, when we see her perform all those famous Tina numbers, she gets the movement down to a tee, so much to the extent that when the real Tina comes on stage, there's little difference.
Although the formula itself may be a little familiar to anyone who watches TV movies, this is a cut above the usual domestic abuse dramas....more info