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Tina: What's Love Got to Do with It

  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Brian Gibson
  • 112 mins
  • 18

Summary

Biopic of Tina Turner. As an unknown singer from Tennessee, she is discovered by guitarist and producer Ike Turner, leading to a hugely successful performing partnership as well as marriage. Ike's behaviour, however, becomes increasingly unstable and violent, and Tina endures years of misery and torment before breaking free and achieving stardom as a solo artist. With Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Vanessa Bell-Calloway.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As you would expect of a film based on the autobiography I, Tina and on which Tina Turner herself acted as on-set adviser, this is hardly the most objective showbiz biopic of all time. While Angela Bassett should be applauded for her beautifully observed portrait of the singing superstar, perhaps greater credit should be given to Laurence Fishburne for his warts-and-all performance as husband Ike, the man who, for all his faults, put Tina in the spotlight. Both stars deserved their Oscar nominations for virtually carrying a picture that looks and sounds great, but is a little oversimplified dramatically.

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Credits

Cast

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Tina TurnerAngela Bassett
Ike TurnerLaurence Fishburne
JackieVanessa Bell Calloway
Zelma BullockJenifer Lewis
Alline BullockPhyllis Yvonne Stickney
DarleneKhandi Alexander
Young Anna MaeRae'ven Larrymore Kelly
Choir mistressVirginia Capers
Grandma GeorgianaCora Lee Day
ReggieSherman Augustus
SpiderTerrence Riggins

Crew

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DirectorBrian Gibson

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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