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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 her abusive husband, Ike Turner.

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Brian Gibson

Writers:

Tina Turner (book), Kurt Loder (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
RaéVen Kelly ... Young Anna Mae (as Rae'Ven Kelly)
Virginia Capers ... Choir Mistress
Dororthy Thorton Dororthy Thorton ... Choir Member (as Dorothy Thornton)
Demetrice Cheathon Demetrice Cheathon ... Choir Member
Nita Woods Allen Nita Woods Allen ... Choir Member
Helen Marie Lovelace Helen Marie Lovelace ... Choir Member
Natalie Wilson Natalie Wilson ... Choir Member
Seymour Daniel Jr. Seymour Daniel Jr. ... Choir Member
David McKinney David McKinney ... Choir Member
Jayd Stanfield Jayd Stanfield ... Choir Member
Maurice O'Neal Maurice O'Neal ... Choir Member
Frank Rasberry Frank Rasberry ... Choir Member
Monroe Howard Monroe Howard ... Choir Member
Serist Roberts Serist Roberts ... Choir Member
Wakeen Best 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, she soon attracts the attention of pop group leader Ike Turner. She becomes his band's singer, his wife, and mother to his children - not all hers. In love with him and determined not to leave in the way her mother had, she finds herself the target of increasing violence from him who can't see who is making his 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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for domestic violence, strong language, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What's Love Got to Do with It See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,222,718, 13 June 1993

Gross USA:

$39,100,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,100,956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charlie Murphy auditioned for the role of Ike Turner. 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: [to Anna Mae] Lorraine was Ike's last gig. He's always booking ahead. Now, you watch yourself.
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Connections

Referenced in Madea's Class Reunion (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Tina's Wish
Written by Ike Turner and Tina Turner
Performed by Tina Turner
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An incredible movie from start to finish
26 September 1999 | by AdrianeSee all my reviews

Angela Basset gives an Oscar-winning performance as Tina Turner. Laurence Fishburne is very powerful as Ike Turner, her abusing husband who drove her career with an iron fist, including a fist to her face one too many times. The story begins with Tina as a young girl being left by her mother, a few years later she joins her mother and sister in Tennessee. Her sister works in a jazz club, so by chance she sings one night. Surprise, she is a wonderful singer! There she is discovered by Ike Turner and his band. The career is rolling. She and Ike have a child, and they get married. Then, they are know to the world as Ike and Tina Turner. Over the years, there is abuse, rape, and beatings. A gripping tale of abuse and broken promises. Both stars give Oscar worthy performances. My heart goes out to the real Tina Turner, who put up with so much for so long. An emotional tale of a life in the public eye. Brilliant in every way! A wonderful film.


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