What's Love Got to Do with It
First screened in Summer 1994 / Most recently screened in April 2009
Director: Brian Gibson. Cast: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Jenifer Lewis, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Penny Johnson, Chi McBride, Sherman Augustus, Khandi Alexander, Rob LaBelle, Barry Shabaka Henley, Rae'ven Larrymore Kelly, Virginia Capers, Richard T. Jones, James Reyne. Screenplay: Kate Lanier (based on the memoir I, Tina by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder).

Twitter Capsule: Defter technique would've surely elevated it, but with lead performances like these, who's quibbling?

VOR:   Time-capsule performances. Surprising longevity for something so stylistically modest. What might the surrounding paucity of worthy African-American biopics have to do with it?

Photo © 1993 Touchstone Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Angela Bassett
Best Actor: Laurence Fishburne

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Angela Bassett

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