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What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993)

Angela Bassett , Laurence Fishburne , Brian Gibson , Jamie Anderson  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Chi McBride
  • Directors: Brian Gibson, Jamie Anderson
  • Writers: Kate Lanier
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 1999
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428409
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What's Love Got To Do With It?" on IMDb

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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!

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of Our Time July 9, 2000
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I never really listened to Tina Turner except on the radio but one day I decided to watch What's Love Got To Do With It and I was absolutly blown away. The power and feeling Angela Bassett put into her character as Tina Turner was so convincing I actually started to believe it was the true superstar, not just an actress. Laurence Fishburne is an incrediable actor and he did a wonderful job portraying Ike Turner, to the point where I wanted to reach inside the television screen and hurt him as much as he was hurting Tina. He was so good being bad I can't believe he never won an Oscar for this incrediable role. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a big Tina Turner fan or anyone who just want's to watch a very powerful and emotional film, full of extremly talented actors and actresses. May God always be with Tina Turner after the Hell on Earth she went through, thanks to Ike Turner.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Extremely Well Performed June 4, 2002
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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.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPHANT STORY OF A REAL LIFE SURVIVOR.... September 9, 2001
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This is an incredible, highly energized film about the life of rock and roll diva, Tina Turner, and her stormy relationship with her controlling and physically abusive husband, Ike Turner. Award calibre performances are turned in by Angela Bassett, as Tina, and Laurence Fishburne, as Ike. They are both absolutely riveting.
Ms. Bassett plays Tina with all the earthy charm and sexual magnetism of the real life Tina Turner. Laurence Fishburne gives an amazingly effective performance as Ike, at once both repellent and charismatic. The movie focuses on their relationship, one which sowed the seeds for the Tina Turner we know today.
What started out as a match made in heaven, quickly soured as Tina naturally took the lead musically in their Ike and Tina Turner Revue. When it became clear that Tina was the one for which the fans were clamoring, Ike did not take lightly to being second banana, and their relationship became one of domestic discord and abuse, with Ike easing into the role of abusive husband with relative ease.
When Tina finally had had enough, she divorced Ike, taking nothing from the marriage except her children and her show business name, the name she earned. From there, she went on to rebuild her life and career, becoming the world reknowned rock and roll diva she is today. Ike, a substance abuser, ended up in prison for narcotics possession and fell into relative obscurity, little more than a footnote in rock and roll history.
This is a film well worth watching, with great performances and great music. Look for the live stage performance by the real life Tina Turner at the end of the film. That alone is worth the price of this video.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tina should be proud. January 28, 2000
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How could anyone not like this movie? Unless they were Ike Turner, that is. When we walked out of seeing the movie during its first run in the theater, my husband commented dryly, "Well, that movie didn't paint a very flattering portrait of Ike." and we both laughed at the understatement. If you've read the Tina's book, though, you'll know that the movie goes VERY easy on him-while merely a typical abusive bully in the film, Ike treated her much, much worse in real life. I think if they put even half the abuse and torture he put her through in real life, though, the movie would have been too much of a downer-you got the idea. Fishburne does a good job of making Ike so charming when Tina first meets him that you can see why she falls in love with him, until he turns into a monster. Angela Bassett is just fantastic, she has Tina down perfect, though her upper body is so pumped up in some scenes she looks almost masculine. Tina Turner was (hell, still is at 60) toned and buff, but not a female bodybuilder. Her performance is dynamic and heartbreaking, and I can't watch the scene where she finally gets sick of his abuse and starts fighting back without getting emotional. When she finally hits him back in the scene in the limo, I heard the loudest cheers and applause in the audience that I've heard since I saw Thelma and Louise. I've seen the movie dozens of times and her passion in that scene still gets me emotional every time.
But the real reason I watch the movie over and over (especially when I'm trying to get motivated to work out) are the musical numbers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Angela Bassett playing the role of Tina Turner in this movie is out standing. Love this movie based on Tina Turner a true story of what she went through. Read more
Published 17 days ago by GlitterLove
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Love Got to Do With It?
I really did love the move. Why, because it related to what I am going through with a friend of mines.
Published 19 days ago by Angel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie. Go Angie!
Loved every minute of this movie from her start at the church quire to her travels termoils with Mr. Turner. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Eskimoman
1.0 out of 5 stars Not An Uplifting Movie
We don't enjoy movies that show men beating up on women. Not too much more to say, especially from my wife.
Published 27 days ago by D. Imlach
4.0 out of 5 stars True Life struggle and triumph
This is the true life story of Tina Turner. The abuse she endured was awful. She not only survived it but she triumphed. You just never know what people are going thru. Read more
Published 29 days ago by V. Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite women, and one of my favorite movies!
This is R rated for a reason, therefore should not be viewed by those under 17 - and maybe not even at that young age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chloe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
It tells the story of Tina Turner. She is a fascinating person for sure. It is good for a one time thing.
Published 1 month ago by JanJan
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening!
Angela Basset and Lawrence Fishburn give great performances, the music is outstanding, it can give any woman the courage to walk away from a bad relationship and turn her life... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cecilia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A fantastic movie that tells the story of Tina Turners life once she met Ike. Highly recommended to all Tina Turner fans.
Published 2 months ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Real and Accurate
I liked this movie because Angela Basset really looked like Tina and got all of her moves/sounds down. Read more
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