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Betty & Coretta (2013)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two extraordinary women - Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X - come to life in BETTY & CORETTA on Lifetimer. Coretta Scott King is played by Golden Glober Award winner* and Academy Awardr nominee** Angela Bassett, and nine-time Grammyr-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige is executive producer and stars as Dr. Betty Shabazz. After their husbands' tragic assassinations, they developed a unique friendship spanning three decades as they carried on the Civil Rights movement while supporting their families as single mothers. Through their strength and dignity, they became role models for millions of women.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
In the world of Lifetime movies, there are two basic genres. ONE: A woman triumphing over hardship, adversity, or abuse in a tough, but life affirming, "based on real incidents" TV docudrama. And TWO: The prurient "ripped from the headline" scandal or crime story that borrow from real cases and wallow in distasteful dramatic recreations. While I suppose, on some level, that the heartfelt examination of the widows of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, "Betty and Coretta," fits into the first category, it could not be further from the formula filmmaking that the network is known for. And that's certainly a positive. Part of the network's programming for Black History Month, "Betty and Coretta" is structured as a docudrama that follows many years in the lives of both ladies.

The great Angela Bassett plays Coretta Scott King and Mary J. Blige steps into the role of Dr. Betty Shabazz. Either lady (on their own) might have made for an interesting biography. So put together, the teleplay doesn't always get as close to its subjects as I would have liked. There simply isn't time to cover an adequate cross section in several decades worth of living for independent storylines. And truthfully, the two characters (both prominent figures) didn't really share much time together. Ruby Dee acts as the narrator of the piece which basically presents vignettes at different points in each woman's life. The timeline can rush forward and the actresses don't age appreciably throughout, so it can be somewhat disconcerting. Just as something fascinating is occurring, we are pushed ahead to the next "significant moment." As I said, I wanted the overall presentation to dig a little deeper as a character study, especially with this talented cast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... April 4, 2014
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This was an interesting movie in that it showed a side I had never seen before which was that of these two great wives and the uphill struggles they endured while being married to such powerful black men. I loved how instead of pitting they against each other a true love and admiration for each other was blossomed. Very positive depiction of how black women can support and nuture each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historically correct October 15, 2013
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Very enjoyable. The actors fit the roles and the story line is done accurately. I really would recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! October 8, 2013
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Some of the best acting work to date for both veteran actress Angela Bassett & singer/ actress Mary J. Blige. Insightful, informative, Great casting, excellent narratives by distinguished stellar civil rights activist / actress Ruby Dee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Betty & Coretta September 9, 2013
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This movie really open my eyes to many unknown facts about both women , wroth every dime great story line as well as talent a must have
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE September 9, 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars Betty and Coretta: Recommended October 5, 2013
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Betty & Coretta Gets 3 Stars. I enjoyed the film but had trouble with some of the interpretation of historical points. However I recommend it to those who admire Betty and Coretta and those who admire Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for education on Civil Rights August 5, 2014
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Great for education on Civil Rights, but this is more personal. Betty, Malcom's wife and of course we all know Correttas name. I paid such attention to the Marches, wishing I could be there with them. I had such love and respect for Martin Luther King. Medger Evers broke my heart in his assasination, as well as the three boys that died trying to help them receive their God given right to vote. I was shocked to learn that Malcom was Muslim, (but turned from violence). He was a faithful husband and wonderful father. I was so sad to learn that Martin was unfaithful, but I know all he had to do was truly repent and he was forgiven. The surprise for me was Louis Farrakan had him Malcom killed. That has never been proven, but I am sure he did, as well as Betty, most likely because he turned from violence and the Panthers. I love history! Mary Blige and Angela Basset were outstanding. The movie is great, covering decades, yet I wish it had been longer.
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