Betty and Coretta 2013 TV-14 CC

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Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett star in this Lifetime Original Movie that tells the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (Blige), wives of Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, respectively, as they carry on as single mothers after their husbands' tragic assassinations.

Starring:
Ruby Dee, Angela Bassett
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

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Betty and Coretta

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Yves Simoneau
Starring Ruby Dee, Angela Bassett
Supporting actors Gloria Reuben, Ayisha Issa, Malik Yoba, Tyler Hynes, Mary J. Blige, Benz Antoine, Richard Jutras, Shinelle Azoroh, Tristan D. Lalla, Cherise Boothe, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Angie Medrano, Ronda Louis-Jeune, Zelia Mouana-Bankouezi, Nicki Whitely, Sylvie Chbat, Alex C. Askew, Andrew Carter
Studio Lifetime
MPAA rating TV-14
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on March 10, 2013
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This film shows the friendship and struggles for the widows of Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre) and Martin Luther King jr.(Malik Yoba) It is a Lifetime TV movie with soap opera dialouge and watered down action. Betty's (Mary J. Blige)struggles more with family than she does with the movement. Her life was utterly destroyed with the death of Malcolm X. While the film attempts to show how strong and resilient she was, the personal set backs weighed heavily on her life. Coretta (Angela Bassett) is less focused upon. Her struggles with making a national holiday for MLK appears to be her only cause, that and suppressing the FBI tapes. We got to see very little of rallies that they attended or headed up; few speeches that they made; or how they lobbied for reform. We did get to see them do a line dance.

The movie is interlaced with file footage from the era. I felt the movie was either woefully incomplete or they were exaggerating the drama through the use of saxophone music. It is a film whose idea far exceeded its execution.

This wonderful movie of American icons was filmed in Montreal and not on location in Selma, Atlanta, Harlem, or Washington DC. On an interesting if not confusing note Angela Bassett who played Coretta Scott King in this film played Dr. Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X. She did a fine job and I feel the film would have been better had she played that role again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WC on February 9, 2013
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With the film being made from lifetime you sometimes have to be prepared for cheesiness that alot of times occurs from lifetimes predictable but enjoyable movies. But this film truly brings the star power with Angela Bassett, Malik Yoba and Mary J. Blige. The film begins with the last few weeks of Martin Luther King Jr.s and Malcolm X's lifechanging and at times controversial lives giving us a glimpse of Betty and Coretta as strong figures and not just shadows in their husbands lives when both mens lives are suddenly cut short the womens true strength is revealed when theyhave to defend and be stronger than they ever had before,for their childs lives as well as thier own...as well as the overall portrayal of their husbands legacy. I love this film for so many reasons but mainly because it portrays the women as they were,strong and gentle but bound for greatness and it didnt point fingers as some historical films do. Its one of those rare films that the entire family can sit down and enjoy as well as learn something. Another great thing about the film is that its very truthful not like some that pick and choose the parts to add and then add other interesting pieces to juice it up no, it happnes as it did in reality and uses alot of the womens actual words. Anglea, and Mary J. shine in this film, they are just truly fantastic and especially Mary J. because this is the 1st time that we as an audience get to see her portray an actual persons life, and although we have seen Angela portray many real life figures most notably Katherine Jackson and Tina Turner she kills this part as well with her stallar acting chops this would also be the 3rd film for Angela to portray a character affiliated with Malcolm X as she has portrayed Betty Shabazz in 2 prior films Panther and Malcolm X alongside Denzel Washington in the controversial 90's film.I love this movie, so my reccomendation is to deffinately give it a try...you won't be dissapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By singwlove@aol.com on February 21, 2013
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Both did a great job on recapturing the important moments in all the lives involved as if it were just taking place.. I would recommend to those who have not seen it ,to watch it and also purchase it for the younger generations to see and give insight ,understanding of what is not in history books
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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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