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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 ...
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Dororthy Thorton ...
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Demetrice Cheathon ...
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Nita Woods Allen ...
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Helen Marie Lovelace ...
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Natalie Wilson ...
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Seymour Daniel Jr. ...
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David McKinney ...
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Jayd Stanfield ...
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Maurice O'Neal ...
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Frank Rasberry ...
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Monroe Howard ...
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Serist Roberts ...
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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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Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? 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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9 June 1993 (USA)  »

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What's Love Got to Do with It  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,583,230 (UK) (15 October 1993)

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

In the film, Ike is the father of Tina's first child, Craig. In real life, Tina dated Raymond Hill, saxophone player for the Kings of Rhythm, before she met Ike. Hill was Craig's biological father; Ike adopted Craig when he and Tina got married. The movie also portrays Ike Jr. and Michael as the oldest of the four boys. In real life, Craig was the oldest, followed by Ike Jr. and Michael (Ike's children with Lorraine Taylor), then Ronnie Turner, Ike and Tina's only biological child. See more »

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A theater marquee announces a 1960 show starring "Otis Redding, Martha and the Vandellas, Ike and Tina Turner." The Vandellas were known as The Del-Phis until 1962. Otis Redding became a solo act the same year. See more »

Quotes

Grandma Georgiana: Your mama had to go away for a while.
Young Anna Mae Bullock: When is she coming back to get me?
Grandma Georgiana: She ain't, honey. She just ain't.
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Connections

Referenced in Clueless (1995) See more »

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I Don't Wanna Fight
Written by Lulu, Billy Laurie and Steve DuBerry
Performed by Tina Turner
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A National Enquirer interpretation; entertaining swill...
8 October 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Although based upon Tina Turner's co-authored autobiography "I, Tina", "What's Love Got To Do With It" plays like a condensed version of a star's memoir, half-fabricated and the other half taken from a supermarket tabloid. While the performances are spot-on, brave and intense, and the original tunes frequently sound incredible, the facts and details of Anna Mae Bullock's relationship with R&B shaker Ike Turner remain hazy and suspect. Certain set-pieces, like Tina's recording session with Phil Spector, look marvelous but serve no particular purpose (and the film lets us think Ike had no involvement in a group-project that resulted in a full album, not just a single release). Angela Bassett is undoubtedly just the perfect choice to portray the exciting Tina Turner, but what of Turner's own tumultuous personality? The movie's narrative gives all the fire and anger to husband Ike, despite Tina's burgeoning muscular arms (she didn't get those muscles from Buddhist chanting!). Also lost are the solo years between leaving Ike and finding success on the pop charts in 1984. The film hopes to wrap things up with a little unnecessary melodrama, but just fouls itself up trying to make a (tired) point about finding one's inner peace and independence. The look of the film is quite remarkable throughout, and the early sequences are entertainingly staged, but very little of the film's final third rings true or comes to close to matching what music-historians know to be accurate. **1/2 from ****


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