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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 her abusive husband, Ike Turner.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Anna Mae (as Rae'Ven Kelly)
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


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 »


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Angela Bassett recalls meeting Tina Turner for the first time so the singer could see for herself who would be playing her; when Tina appeared, she walked up to Angela, looked her up and down, smiled, and said out loud, 'She's perfect!' 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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Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey
Performed by Tina Turner
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Excellent story of Ike and Tina,,,, and then Tina Turner.
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I really loved Ike and Tina Turner. then I got to love Tina Turner. I remember I was so sad way back when they split up but,,... after seeing this movie SO SO,,, many years later, I see why. Maybe Ike was a driving force for the group, but Tina made it happen and as far as I can tell, Ike didn't like that he was then along for the ride... and couldn't accept it. It is Too bad he didn't know/or understand at the time what was or would've been best for for his kids and himself. Famous or not, til people understand it's FAMILY that matters, nothing will ever be right. I know this is a Hollywood-ish type-style movie, but I'm proud Tina did what she has done for herself, and I'm glad I got to grow up Knowing Both Ike and Tina, and then Tina Turner.... This is...history in the making.

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