What’s Love Got To Do With It is a biographical movie, based on the life of Tina Turner. The film stars Angela Bassett as Tina and Laurence Fishburne as Ike. The screenplay was adapted by Kate Lanier from the best seller „I, Tina,“ written by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder in 1986. The story starts with an approximately six year old Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush Tennessee and ends with Tina’s first #1 hit single What’s Love Got To Do With It in 1984. The soundtrack album includes re-recorded versions of some old hits from Ike & Tina Turner as well as the theme song and hit single I Don't Wanna Fight.
Both main actors were nominated for an Oscar in the categroy „Best Actor/Actress“ and Angela Basset won a Golden Globe Award in 1994 and an Image Award in 1995.
For promotion, Touchstone Pictures in Germany released a CD Sampler with interviews, selected spoken scenes and music from the movie. For the home video release in 1994, the documentary Tears to Triumph features interviews with Tina, Roger Davies and a look behind the scenes. Capitol Records released also a hip-hop tribute to Tina’s life story from the D.J. Shero.
Director: Brian Gibson
Release: 1993 (movie) / 1994 (video) / 1999 (dvd) / 2013 (blu-ray)
Label: Touchstone / Buena Vista
Format: VHS / LaserDisc / DVD / Blu-ray
Time: 118 Min.
March 19, 1994
A pair of dynamic performances, which garnered Academy notice for stars Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, a strong script and loads of hot Tina Turner music make this a scorching property for HV release right now, possibly even more if it posts a winner or two (Oscar results not known at press time). lt's impossible to sit still through it with the music. It's also moving with the classic struggle-upward tale told and inspirational with Turner’s triumphant taking charge of her own life and destiny. Being offered as a freebie rental is a behind-the-scenes look at the story and the movie with Tina herself.