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Betty & Coretta (2013)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BYS0RQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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
By lildee
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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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VERY GOOD MOVIE ABOUT DR KING AND MALCOLM X LIFE AND THE HISTORY OF THERE LIFE.. A MUST SEE MOVIE
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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 Five Stars July 15, 2014
By Sherry
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A very good movie. I highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
These ladies played those roles! You got the feel of the way things were during that time.
Published 7 days ago by S. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Learned things in this movie that were not published
Published 11 days ago by Denise R Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 23 days ago by Wanda Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars After viewing this on TV, I purchased this as ...
After viewing this on TV , I purchased this as a gift for my 80 year old sister-in-law who lived during the era of these two women.
Published 23 days ago by Wanda M. Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good movie
Published 25 days ago by Kimberly Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done!
I am glad I saw Ruby Dee in this docudrama. It was inspiring and tragic. I am proud to have witness the story told again.
Published 1 month ago by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Black History
I felt the movie was very educational because I was not aware of Betty and Coretta's friendship. It was really good to see how the two women supported each other. Recommend to all.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Comers
4.0 out of 5 stars Empowering
Great performances by the stars. All young women should watch and learn from the strength of these women and how they too can weather life's storms.
Published 1 month ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Great DVD
I've got to give it to the actresses in this movie, they are phenomenal women. The movie was great and I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by S. D. Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars Go get it...
Great portrayal of both women in this movie. Very heart touching and inspiring for generations to come. This is one dvd to keep in the collection.
Published 2 months ago by Jazze1
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