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What's Love Got to Do With It?

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • "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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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1750703

  • Credits
    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Larry Fishburne, Laurence Fishburne III, Chi McBride, Cora Lee Day, Jenifer Lewis, Jenifer Jeanette Lewis, Khandi Alexander, Pamala Tyson, Penny Johnson, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Sherman Augustus, Vanessa Bell Calloway
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Broad, savvy, entertaining....[Bassett] transforms herself memorably..."
    New York Times

    "...Angela Bassett's Tina is one helluva Proud Mary..." - Recommended
    Premiere

    "...[Basset delivers] a great performance..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...A passionate and professional drama that hits both the high and low notes of an extraordinary life and career. An immensely enjoyable saga..."
    Variety

    "...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..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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