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

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  25 June 1993 (USA)
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from abusive husband, Ike Turner.

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

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25 June 1993 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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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

Jenifer Lewis, who plays Tina's mother in this film, originally auditioned to play Tina Turner. Lewis is only one year older than Angela Bassett, who plays Tina. Interestingly, when Ike first comes to the Bullock household, he asks Lewis to speak to Tina's mother as though the two women were sisters, which is closer to reality than film continuity. 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

Tina Turner: I just believe that anything is possible. You know, anything. Now, it took me a long time to get Ike out of my system. And now that I've done that, I'm ready. I'm ready and I know what I want.
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Proud Mary
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Performed by Laurence Fishburne and Tina Turner
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Acting, writing, directing, and musical showcase
7 April 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

"What's Love Got to Do With It" is a fascinating and absorbing portrayal of the first 43 years of Tina Turner's life. It accurately and convincingly depicts the abuse she underwent and her escape and, finally, salvation through Buddhism. Laurence Fishburne is one of this generation great actors and gives a riveting and observant performance as Ike Turner, but cannot come close to the overwhelming, breathtaking, and mighty presence of Angela Bassett as Tina. She deservedly won the Golden Globe as the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical of 1993 and if the film had come out any other year than 1993 (during which Holly Hunter gave a performance of a lifetime in "The Piano"), she would have easily taken home an Oscar.

Music plays a huge part in the film and all of it is good. Though I'm only 12, I truly appreciate Tina's music and am always in awe when she sings "Proud Mary" (one of my favorite scenes in the film.) As Roger Ebert pointed out, one of the most triumphant scenes is where, after Tina and Ike have had a vicious and bloody fight, Tina runs away to the Ramada Inn where they take her in. It is one of the best acted scenes of this decade and I never tire of it when I see the film again.

"What's Love Got to Do With It" is one of the best films of 1993 (one of the greatest movie years in history- "Schindler's List", "The Piano") and one the most passionately and skillfully performed films of the decade.

**** out of **** (A)


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