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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 abusive husband, Ike Turner.

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Young Anna Mae (as Rae'Ven Kelly)
Virginia Capers ...
Choir Mistress
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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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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25 June 1993 (USA)  »

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What's Love Got to Do with It  »

Box Office

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£1,583,230 (UK) (15 October 1993)

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£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 »

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After her last fight with Ike, Tina leaves the hotel with pumps on, then runs across the highway in sneakers. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Tina Turner (1997) See more »

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It's Gonna Work Out Fine
Written by Rose Marie McCoy (as Rose McCoy) and Sylvia McKinney
Performed by Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne
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Acting, writing, directing, and musical showcase
7 April 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

"What's Love Got to Do With It" is a fascinating and absorbing portrayal of the first 43 years of Tina Turner's life. It accurately and convincingly depicts the abuse she underwent and her escape and, finally, salvation through Buddhism. Laurence Fishburne is one of this generation great actors and gives a riveting and observant performance as Ike Turner, but cannot come close to the overwhelming, breathtaking, and mighty presence of Angela Bassett as Tina. She deservedly won the Golden Globe as the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical of 1993 and if the film had come out any other year than 1993 (during which Holly Hunter gave a performance of a lifetime in "The Piano"), she would have easily taken home an Oscar.

Music plays a huge part in the film and all of it is good. Though I'm only 12, I truly appreciate Tina's music and am always in awe when she sings "Proud Mary" (one of my favorite scenes in the film.) As Roger Ebert pointed out, one of the most triumphant scenes is where, after Tina and Ike have had a vicious and bloody fight, Tina runs away to the Ramada Inn where they take her in. It is one of the best acted scenes of this decade and I never tire of it when I see the film again.

"What's Love Got to Do With It" is one of the best films of 1993 (one of the greatest movie years in history- "Schindler's List", "The Piano") and one the most passionately and skillfully performed films of the decade.

**** out of **** (A)


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