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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 & 12 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 ...
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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 ...
Choir Member
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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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

Laurence Fishburne turned down the role of Ike Turner five times. When he learned that Angela Bassett had won the role of Tina Turner, he changed his mind. See more »

Goofs

Lorraine's jacket falls off her shoulders when she drops her children off at Ike and Tina's house. In the next shot, it's back on her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

A Fool in Love
Written by Ike Turner
Performed by Tina Turner
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The grand old lady on screen
2 August 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Personally I'm not especially keen on this type of movie; movies packed with music numbers. But after all, it is the grand old lady Tina Turner we are talking about; she deserves more than something average. I really did like her songs in the 80s when she got rid of her abusive husband Ike. Her voice was strong and with a great personality.

The relationship between Ike and Tina was almost made for a movie; there is drama, violence, and music. The title really says it all. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne are stunning as the main characters. Bassett got the nearly impossible job to portrait one of the most remarkable female artists in music history especially when it comes to the body language of Tina. However, Angela Bassett did it very well. Also in scenes with playback I could hardly notice it was an actor imitating a great rock star.

Overall a very good movie, but like I said; too many music scenes that I felt interrupted the story. But most of the songs are well known - and good!


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