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What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  25 June 1993 (USA)
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The story of rock singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.

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Young Anna Mae (as Rae'Ven Kelly)
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Dororthy Thorton ...
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Natalie Wilson ...
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Jayd Stanfield ...
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Serist Roberts ...
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Anna Mae Bullock always had a special voice. Soon after arriving in St. Louis to live with the mother who had walked out when she was small, the now teenage Anna Mae soon attracts the attention of pop group leader Ike Turner. She becomes the band's singer, his wife, and mother to his children - not all hers. In love with Ike and determined not to leave in the way her mother had, she finds herself the target of increasing violence from her unstable husband who can't see who is making the band such a success. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Not just the story of a life - The movie of a lifetime. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for domestic violence, strong language, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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£1,583,230 (UK) (15 October 1993)

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£3,420,933 (UK) (12 November 1993)
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Trivia

Laurence Fishburne actually sang Ike Turner's parts. See more »

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When Ike and Tina are in the dressing room of the Apollo in 1960, Ike is drinking from a blue and white paper coffee cup with the famous Greek design. That design was introduced in 1963 by the Sherri Cup Company. See more »

Quotes

Zelma Bullock: Now, Anna Mae, I know I wasn't around. But believe me, you were too young to know what was going on with your daddy and me.
Tina Turner: Did Alline understand? She ain't that much older then me.
Zelma Bullock: Now, don't think you're going to come live in my house and make me feel bad. You're gonna have to pull your own weight, girl. This ain't just some party town, you hear?
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A Fool in Love
Written by Ike Turner
Performed by Tina Turner
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The grand old lady on screen
2 August 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Personally I'm not especially keen on this type of movie; movies packed with music numbers. But after all, it is the grand old lady Tina Turner we are talking about; she deserves more than something average. I really did like her songs in the 80s when she got rid of her abusive husband Ike. Her voice was strong and with a great personality.

The relationship between Ike and Tina was almost made for a movie; there is drama, violence, and music. The title really says it all. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne are stunning as the main characters. Bassett got the nearly impossible job to portrait one of the most remarkable female artists in music history especially when it comes to the body language of Tina. However, Angela Bassett did it very well. Also in scenes with playback I could hardly notice it was an actor imitating a great rock star.

Overall a very good movie, but like I said; too many music scenes that I felt interrupted the story. But most of the songs are well known - and good!


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