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What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Young Anna Mae (as Rae'Ven Kelly)
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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 ...
Choir Member
Frank Rasberry ...
Choir Member
Monroe Howard ...
Choir Member
Serist Roberts ...
Choir Member
Wakeen Best ...
Choir Member
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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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25 June 1993 (USA)  »

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What's Love Got to Do with It  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,583,230 (UK) (15 October 1993)

Gross:

$39,100,956 (USA)
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Trivia

The character Jackie was created solely for the movie. She is not mentioned at all in the book "I, Tina", on which the movie is based. See more »

Goofs

Ike gives Zelma a $100 bill that was first printed in the 1990s. 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

Referenced in Becker: What's Love Got to Do with It? (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

River Deep - Mountain High
Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Tina Turner
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Memorable Performances For Intense Drama
1 May 2005 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Celebrity bio-pics are very hit or miss, but once in a great while a really good one comes along--and WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT is one of them. Based on the autobiography of Tina Turner, the film offers a glossy but intense portrait of her rapid rise to stardom under the sponsorship of husband-manager Ike Turner--a relationship that quickly turned dark and became increasingly abusive as Tina's fame began to outstrip Ike's own.

Although the film is a bit on the obvious side, it is well-crafted and the two leads offer powerhouse performances. Angela Bassett is simply astonishing as Tina Turner; where most other actresses might have simply imitated, Bassett accomplishes the impossible: she makes you believe that she is Tina Turner, capturing both Tina's famous on-stage performing style (the concert scenes are really exciting) and giving a completely believable interpretation of her off-stage personality as well. The script offers Laurence Fishburne little more than a one-dimensional role, but he plays it brilliantly from start to finish, and both are well supported by the overall cast.

There is certainly a great deal more to the lives of both Ike and Tina Turner than this film conveys--but what it does show it presents with considerable power and conviction, and by the time Tina finally hits back at Ike you'll be roaring for her to hit him again--and again--and again--and eager to see her finally triumph entirely on her own. Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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