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

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  9 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)
Virginia Capers ...
Choir Mistress
Dororthy Thorton ...
Choir Member (as Dorothy Thornton)
Demetrice Cheathon ...
Choir Member
Nita Woods Allen ...
Choir Member
Helen Marie Lovelace ...
Choir Member
Natalie Wilson ...
Choir Member
Seymour Daniel Jr. ...
Choir Member
David McKinney ...
Choir Member
Jayd Stanfield ...
Choir Member
Maurice O'Neal ...
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Frank Rasberry ...
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Monroe Howard ...
Choir Member
Serist Roberts ...
Choir Member
Wakeen Best ...
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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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The triumphant true-life story of Tina Turner! 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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9 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)

Gross:

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

Ironically before filming this movie, Vanessa Bell Calloway was actually featured in the music video for Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It". See more »

Goofs

In a scene dated 1968, Ike and Tina open for the Rolling Stones, doing "Proud Mary." The Stones didn't do any concerts in 1968; Ike and Tina opened for them in 1969. Creedence Clearwater Revival's original version was released in 1970. See more »

Quotes

Ike Turner, Sr.: Hey, Anna Mae, where you goin'? I need to get some sleep!
Tina Turner: Go straight to hell, Ike!
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Connections

Featured in The 66th Annual Academy Awards (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

(Darlin') You Know I Love You
Written by B.B. King and Jules Taub
Performed by Laurence Fishburne and Tina Turner
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The Vidiot Reviews...
26 November 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

What's Love Got to Do With It

If it weren't for females, record labels would have to rely solely on money and cocaine to entice potential male acts.

However, the male singer in this biography needs a woman to complete his act.

Abandoned by her family, Anna Mae (Angela Bassett) grows up with nothing but her unorthodox singing voice to keep her company.

In her teens, she auditions for local bandleader/lothario Ike (Laurence Fishburne), who is impressed by her pipes.

Joining him and his band under the moniker Tina, Anna Mae begins banging out the hits, while her new husband begins banging on her.

Under Ike's thumb, Tina is unable to branch out and become the star she's destined to be.

Based on Tina Turner's biography, WLGTDWI is a superbly acted, heartbreaking tale of overcoming domestic abuse in an era of blind eyes.

Fortunately, domestic violence in today's music has been restricted to the Top 40 list. (Green Light)


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