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

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

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Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

What's Love Got to Do with It  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,583,230 (UK) (15 October 1993)


£3,420,933 (UK) (12 November 1993)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Angela Bassett was injured while filming the first spousal abuse sequence. She fell off the back of a high-rise sofa, put her hands out to reduce the impact, and suffered a hairline fracture of her right hand. She only tried the stunt fall once, and footage leading up to the mishap appears in the film. See more »


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 »


Jackie: [after being hit by Ike for defending Tina] Fuck you, Ike! I'm outta here. You ain't got to hit me but once!
Tina Turner: Jackie, it's alright!
Jackie: It's not alright unless the motherfucker piles on you! If you had any sense, you'd get outta here, too.
Ike Turner, Sr.: [throws Jackie's bag at her] If you had any sense, you'd get the fuck out of here!
Jackie: [to Ike] KISS MY ASS!
[to Tina]
Jackie: You're a dead woman if you stay here!
Ike Turner, Sr.: And don't let me catch you around in my house either! Come on, sit down and eat some cake, Anna Mae.
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Referenced in The Division: What's Love Got to Do with It? (2004) See more »


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Angela Bassett should be proud

I watched the film recently, and was amazed by how brilliant it was. Not knowing about Tina Turner's life, I was shocked. The movie was pretty hard hitting.

Laurence Fishburne was amazing in his role, he was very scary, and it just made you hate Ike for being so evil. Angela Bassett's performance was outstandingly amazing though - I've never seen so much good acting out of someone in a movie.

All in all, I loved the movie, and any awards for it were well rewarded.


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