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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, 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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Not just the story of a life - The movie of a lifetime. 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 »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Angela Bassett was injured while filming the first spousal abuse sequence. She fell off the back of a high-rise sofa, put her hands out to reduce the impact, and suffered a hairline fracture of her right hand. She only tried the stunt fall once, and footage leading up to the mishap appears in the film. See more »

Goofs

A theater marquee announces a 1960 show starring "Otis Redding, Martha and the Vandellas, Ike and Tina Turner." The Vandellas were known as The Del-Phis until 1962. Otis Redding became a solo act the same year. 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 Angie (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Me Baby
Written by B.B. King (as Riley King) and Joe Josea
Performed by Tina Turner
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great performances, powerful film
28 September 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

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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