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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)
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Dororthy Thorton ...
Choir Member (as Dorothy Thornton)
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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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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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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9 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:

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

Vanessa Bell Calloway, who plays Jackie, the friend and former Ikette who shares Buddhism with Tina, was wary of chanting the Buddhist words because of her strong Christian faith. Director Brian Gibson allowed her to mouth the words silently during taping, and added the words with a voice double in post-production. See more »

Goofs

After her last fight with Ike, Tina leaves the hotel with pumps on, then runs across the highway in sneakers. See more »

Quotes

Tina Turner: [to the audience] You know, every now and then, I think you might like to hear something from us nice and easy. But there's just one thing: we never, ever do nothing nice and easy, we always do it nice and rough. So we're gonna take the beginning of this song and do it easy, and then we're gonna do the finish rough. That's the way we do Creedence Clearwater's "Proud Mary".
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon (2001) See more »

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Proud Mary
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Laurence Fishburne and 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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