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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 abusive husband, Ike Turner.

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

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Cast

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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 ...
Choir Member
Frank Rasberry ...
Choir Member
Monroe Howard ...
Choir Member
Serist Roberts ...
Choir Member
Wakeen Best ...
Choir Member
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Storyline

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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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)  »

Also Known As:

What's Love Got to Do with It  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,583,230 (UK) (15 October 1993)

Gross:

$39,100,956 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Tina Turner: [Walks up to the hotel counter bruised and bloodied] I need to speak to your manager
Hotel Clerk: yes ma'am, right away
Tina Turner: [George turns around] My name is Tina Turner, my husband and I just had a fight, I'm suppose to perform at the academy tonight.
Tina Turner: But if you would give me a room, I SWEAR I will pay you back,
George (the Ramada Inn Manager): [she starts to take off her jewelry] that wont be necessary Ms. Turner, I'd be honored.
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Connections

Referenced in Fled (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Might Have Been Queen
Written by Jeanette Obstoj, Rupert Hine and Jamie West-Oram
Performed by Tina Turner
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Angela Bassett should be proud

I watched the film recently, and was amazed by how brilliant it was. Not knowing about Tina Turner's life, I was shocked. The movie was pretty hard hitting.

Laurence Fishburne was amazing in his role, he was very scary, and it just made you hate Ike for being so evil. Angela Bassett's performance was outstandingly amazing though - I've never seen so much good acting out of someone in a movie.

All in all, I loved the movie, and any awards for it were well rewarded.

10/10


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