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What's Love Got to Do with It -- A film about the 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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Writers (WGA):
Tina Turner (book) and
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Release Date:
25 June 1993 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
great performances, powerful film See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

RaéVen Kelly ... 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
Michelle Andera Jackson ... Choir Member
Francis Cheathon ... Choir Member
Dena Ellerbee ... Choir Member
Belldawn Best ... Choir Member
Maggie McGee ... Choir Member
Billie Barnum ... Choir Member
Alfie Silas ... Choir Member
Jeanne Steele ... Choir Member
Oren Waters ... Choir Member
Cassandra Thames ... Choir Member
Valetta Barber ... Choir Member
Emery Shaw ... Organ Player (as Rev. Emery Shaw)
Cora Lee Day ... Grandma Georgiana

Jenifer Lewis ... Zelma Bullock

Angela Bassett ... Tina Turner

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Alline Bullock

Sherman Augustus ... Reggie

Chi McBride ... Fross (as Chi)
Terrence Riggins ... Spider
Gene 'Groove' Allen ... Club Announcer

Laurence Fishburne ... Ike Turner
Morris O'Connor ... The Kings of Rhythm
Larry Washington ... The Kings of Rhythm
Jack guitarist Allen ... The Kings of Rhythm (as Joe Allen)
Michael Sessions ... The Kings of Rhythm
L. Van Taylor ... The Kings of Rhythm
Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Audience Female #1
Sonya Hensley ... Audience Female #2

Leslie Thurston ... Audience Female #3
Eartha Robinson ... Audience Female #4
Kate Lanier ... Stripper on Balcony

Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Jackie
Pamala Tyson ... Leanne

Khandi Alexander ... Darlene

Penny Johnson Jerald ... Lorraine Taylor (as Penny Johnson)

Jackie O'Brien ... Boutique Clerk (as Jacqueline Woolsey)
Mayah McCoy ... Young Hairdresser

Barry Shabaka Henley ... El Paso Doctor (as Barry 'Shabaka' Henley)

Michael Colyar ... Apollo Announcer

Rob LaBelle ... Phil Spector
Patricia Sill ... Spector's Assistant
Ronnie Turner ... The Revue
Michael Butler ... The Revue
Greg Cook ... The Revue
Michael Smith ... The Revue
Brian Cayle ... The Revue
Darrel Richards ... The Revue
Walter Davis ... The Revue
Barry O'Neill ... Kid #1
Alexandra Glazer ... Kid #2 (as Ali Glazer)
Julie Phillips ... Kid #3
Elijah Saleem ... Ike Jr. Age 16
Tyrandis Holmes ... Young Ike Jr.
Jamaine Harrington ... Young Michael
Devon Davison ... Young Ronnie
Eric E. Thomas II ... Young Craig (as Eric Thomas)

Bo Kane ... Dance Show Host (as Bob Kane)

Richard T. Jones ... Ike Turner Jr.

Shavar Ross ... Michael Turner

Damon Hines ... Ronnie Turner
Suli McCullough ... Craig Turner

Daniel McDonald ... London Announcer
Wynonna Smith ... 4th Ikette

Rose Jackson ... 5th Ikette (as Rosemarie Jackson)
Michael David Simms ... Ike's Lawyer

John Fink ... Anna's Lawyer
Rudolph Willrich ... Judge

Irene DeBari ... ICU Nurse
Terrence Evans ... Bus Driver
Richard Stay ... Partygoer #1
Nelson Parks ... Partygoer #2
Matt Kirkwood ... Partygoer #3
Javi Mulero ... Bellhop
Joe Vant ... Hotel Clerk

O'Neal Compton ... George (the Ramada Inn Manager)

Michael Monks ... Hotel Porter
James Reyne ... Roger Davies
James Ralston ... Guitarist
Timmy Cappello ... Keyboards Player
Jack Bruno ... Drummer
Bob Feit ... Bass Player
Kenny Moore ... Piano Player
Daniel Allan Carlin ... Conductor
Dean Minerd ... Stage Hand
Fred Ponzlov ... Manager #1
Tom De Carlo ... Manager #2 (as Tom DeCarlo)

Richard Livingston ... Manager #3 (as Richard B. Livingston)
Louis Mawcinitt ... Manager #4
Owen Bush ... Old Man
Herb Muller ... Old Man #2
Sparkle ... Old Woman #1
Helen Brown ... Old Woman #2
David Fresco ... Old Man #3
Page Mosely ... Ritz Announcer

Lorna Scott ... Nurse
Rick Felkins ... Stage Manager
Robert Lesser ... Fairmount M.C.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tina Turner ... Herself (archive footage)

Larry Edwards ... Tina Turner Impersonator (uncredited)
Ryal Haakenson ... Concert Goer (uncredited)
Richard Kelly ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Jeffrey Stubblefield ... Concert Goer (uncredited)
Leonardo Velez ... Mexican Minister (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Gibson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tina Turner (book "I, Tina") and
Kurt Loder (book "I, Tina")

Kate Lanier (screenplay)

Produced by
Doug Chapin .... producer
Roger Davies .... executive producer
Mario Iscovich .... executive producer
Pat Kehoe .... co-producer
Barry Krost .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
 
Cinematography by
Jamie Anderson 
 
Film Editing by
Stuart H. Pappé  (as Stuart Pappé)
 
Casting by
Reuben Cannon 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson  (as Richard Johnson)
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter  (as Ruth Carter)
 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup artist
Jane Aull .... makeup artist
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... makeup designer (as Marietta A. Carter)
Sheila Evers .... makeup artist
Carolyn Ferguson .... hair stylist (as Caroline Ferguson)
Cat'Ania McCoy-Howze .... makeup artist
Geri B. Oppenheim .... key makeup artist
Wynona Price .... makeup artist (as Wynona Y. Price)
Elaina P. Schulman .... assistant hair style consultant
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair designer
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Pat Kehoe .... unit production manager
Michele Weisler .... production supervisor
Alex Schwartz .... production executive: Disney/Touchstone (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clare Durand .... dga trainee
Hilbert Hakim .... second second assistant director
Sandra M. Middleton .... second assistant director (as Sandra Middleton)
Kimberly Sizemore .... additional second second assistant director (as Kimberly J. Sizemore)
Rebecca Strickland .... additional second second assistant director
Barry K. Thomas .... first assistant director (as Barry Thomas)
Michael Winter .... additional second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff Ackerman .... assistant property master
Tom Altobello .... assistant property master
Will Blount .... property master (as William Blount)
Chris Buchinsky .... illustrator
Monica Castro .... assistant property master (as Monica Ragan)
Mike Higelmire .... lead man
David Hopkins .... set dresser
David B. Long .... construction foreman
Dave Margolin .... painter
Douglas McKay .... lead man (as Douglas James McKay)
Michael Mikita .... stand-by painter (as Mike Mikita)
Luigi Mugavero .... lead man
Michael Reinhart .... construction coordinator
David Ronan .... on-set dresser
John A. Scott III .... lead man
Lauren York .... construction foreman
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... set designer (uncredited)
Glenn Forbes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ted Haigh .... graphic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bruce Bell .... sound editor
Allan Bromberg .... sound editor
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Jane E. Carpenter .... supervising adr editor (as Jane Carpenter-Wilson)
Jeff Clark .... sound editor
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Dale Johnston .... sound editor
Dave Losko .... sound mixer: second unit
Hudson B. Marquez .... cable person
Lori Martino .... assistant sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor (as Colin Mowat)
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer (as Arthur Rochester)
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Winfred Tennison .... cable person
Dan Thomas .... sound editor
Bill Weinman .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James Fredburg .... special effects coordinator (as James K. Fredburg)
 
Visual Effects by
Bruce A. Block .... matte cameraman
 
Stunts
LaFaye Baker .... stunts (as La Faye Baker)
Kym Washington .... stunt double
Kym Washington .... stunts (as Kym Washinton)
William Washington .... stunt coordinator
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bertram .... grip
Billy Clevenger .... first assistant camera (as William G. Clevenger)
R. Scott Goodrich .... second assistant camera
Conrad W. Hall .... camera operator
Steve Hastings .... best boy rigger
Sidney James .... supervisor: on-camera musicians
Scott C. Keys .... rigging electrician
Kevin J. Lang .... assistant chief lighting technician
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Louis Mawcinitt .... lighting design consultant
Steven C. McGee .... chief lighting technician (as Steve McGee)
Tom Munshower .... camera operator
John Powers .... grip
D. Stevens .... still photographer
Ty Suehiro .... best boy grip
Ty Suehiro .... dolly grip
Clarence Tindell .... grip
Scott Tindell .... grip (as Scott A. Tindell)
Clay H. Wilson .... best boy grip
Michael S. Endler .... first assistant camera: second camera (uncredited)
William McLachlan .... automated lighting programmer (uncredited)
Ron Newburn .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
David Giella .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Leigh Ann Oshirak .... casting assistant
Marshall Peck .... extras casting
Patrick Cunningham .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe Diaz .... costumer
Darryle Johnson .... contributing costume designer
Jennifer Lax .... key costumer
Robert Mata .... on-set costumer
Rita McGhee .... on-set costumer
Susie Money .... key costumer
Hector Morales .... costume supervisor
Tracey White .... costumer
Dana R. Woods .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
David Bryden .... color timer
Tara Duncan .... apprentice editor
Thomas J. Finnan .... additional film editor
Moonstar Greene .... assistant editor
Mike Hill .... additional film editor (as Michael J. Hill)
Kevin Lindstrom .... assistant editor (as Kevin J. Lindstrom)
Paula McKee .... first assistant editor
Maria Montoreano .... second assistant editor
Paisley Pappé-Iredell .... assistant editor (as Paisley Pappé)
David Rawlins .... additional film editor (as Dave Rawlins)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Kristina Trirogoff .... apprentice editor
Albert Coleman .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager (as Richard Davis)
Jay Gowey .... location representative: Harbor Star Stage
Jody Hummer .... location manager
Steven D. Levine .... assistant location manager (as Steve Levine)
 
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music supervisor
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Tony DeFranco .... song production coordinator
Jorge Del Barrio .... conductor (as George Del Barrio)
Jorge Del Barrio .... orchestrator (as George Del Barrio)
Dan Humann .... music scoring mixer
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor
Daryl B. Kell .... assistant music editor (as Daryl Kell)
William Kidd .... conductor
William Kidd .... orchestrator
Chris Lord-Alge .... music mixer: songs
Chris Lord-Alge .... music recordist: songs
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Joseph Magee .... music mixer: songs
Seth Riggs .... vocal coach
Allen Sides .... music scoring mixer
Michael Thompson .... musician: guitar solos
Fred Vogler .... music playback operator
Reggie Wilson .... orchestra contractor
Matt Walker .... music executive (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
William Hogue .... driver
Maylon Houston .... transportation coordinator (as Maylon 'Skook' Houston)
Ron Kelley .... transportation captain (as Ron Kelly)
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator
David Rosler .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Kent Belli .... second assistant accountant
Noel Bermudez .... production accountant
John Dennis .... assistant to producers
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Terry J. Erdmann .... unit publicist (as Terry Erdmann)
Michael Ferron .... assistant: Mr. Carlin
Dominic Fidelibus .... supervising copyist
Linda Folsom .... production coordinator
Jill Rene Gilbert .... assistant to executive producer (as Jill Gilbert)
Dawn Gilliam .... script supervisor
Bonnie Hamilton .... technical advisor
Jane Harrison .... first assistant accountant
Kenneth Iwamasa .... assistant: Mr. Chapin
Stephanie Koules .... assistant: Mr. Gibson
Kurt Loder .... consultant
Rick Marcena .... construction accountant
Vicki Matlin .... caterer
Peter Pav .... production assistant
Michael Peters .... choreographer
Angelo Rivers .... head wrangler
Eartha Robinson .... assistant choreographer
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Andrew T. Rothmund .... assistant: Ms. Bassett
Steven Tyler Sahlein .... post production executive
Eleva Singleton .... production assistant (as D. Eleva Singleton)
Kevin Beard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Coopwood .... adr voice (uncredited)
Deanna Esmaeel .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Barbara Gregson .... film researcher (uncredited)
Kevin Longden .... guitar coach: Mr. Fishburne (uncredited)
Gabriel Trupin .... dancer (uncredited)
Emeline Williams-Sahlein .... production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Rhonda Graam .... special thanks
Chuck Lanham .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for domestic violence, strong language, drug use and some sexuality
Runtime:
118 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Before filming this movie, Vanessa Bell Calloway was actually featured in the music video for Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a scene dated 1968, Ike and Tina open for the Rolling Stones, doing "Proud Mary." The Stones didn't do any concerts in 1968; Ike and Tina opened for them in 1969. Creedence Clearwater Revival's original version was released in 1970.See more »
Quotes:
Ike Turner, Sr.:[to Tina] Now, you listen to me. I MADE you. You were nothing before you met me, and you ain't gonna be nothing without me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I Might Have Been QueenSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
great performances, powerful film, 28 September 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Angela Bassett, as Tina Turner asks the musical question "What's Love Got to Do with It" in this 1993 film also starring Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, and Khandi Alexander. The film tells the story of Tina Turner's childhood as Anna Mae Bullock her move to St. Louis after her grandmother's death to live with her mother, her meeting Ike Turner at a nightclub, her subsequent singing with Ike's band, their marriage and divorce.

By necessity, biopics have to leave out people and incidents, often combining several incidents into one or skipping several steps. In no way does a knowledge of Tina Turner''s life detract from the impact of this film. It's a story of a woman's determination, beating the odds, suffering, perseverance and ultimate success.

Ike's and Tina's marriage was pretty much a horror show. Ike was always controlling, to the detriment of his own career, and as he turned to drugs, his abuse of Tina escalated. The most stunning scene in the film (besides the performances, which are fantastic) occurs when the couple fights in a limo en route to a hotel. Ike becomes physical; Tina has discovered Buddhism and finally gets the courage to fight back. A bloody mess, she runs away from him with only 36 cents in her purse.

Angela Bassett gives a searing, electrifying performance as Turner. Her sinewy body is a great match for Turner's, and she uses it to perfection in replicating Turner's performances (Turner's voice is used on the soundtrack). She shows the star's vulnerability, fear, and internal strength throughout.

Bassett is matched by Laurence Fishburne's terrifying performance as Ike. Fishburne seethes with manipulation and anger, even in scenes where he's being "nice." When Ike loses his temper, you can see how he can't stop and the violence just gets worth. A brilliant performance.

A must see. The latter part of Turner's life is not explored, but while she always remained popular in Europe, it was a long time before she could get a recording contract here after some failed recordings. Today she remains one of the greatest singing stars ever. But there were lots of valleys in between.

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