Rated: R For violence. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: June 9, 1993 Released by: Touchstone Pictures
In the first scene, Tina Turner's (Angela Bassett) two strongest motivations in life are explained. She loves to sing and she is abandoned by her mother. Bassett presents the violent, painful life of the pop star with strength, power, energy and a determination which matches Turner's courage and unwavering professional career.
The film is rich with Turner's music but is dominated by the danger and violence she faced at the hands of her husband, Ike (Lawrence Fishburne). The film from the autobiography "I, Tina" overall speaks to the need for parents to provide emotional support for children and for the need to encourage women not to accept abuse both emotional and physical from the men in their lives.
It is Turner's triumph over the chains of her relationship with Ike and her reestablished career on her own that make the audience stand and cheer as Turner plays herself in the final musical scene. There are many violent scenes which are difficult to watch, but they are necessary to tell the story, as are the uplifting musical performances which span a 30 year career. This is a powerful musical drama.
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