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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

The triumphant true-life story of Tina Turner! 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)

Gross USA:

$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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Trivia

Before filming this movie, Vanessa Bell Calloway was actually featured in Tina Turner's music video "What's Love Got to Do with It". 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

[LAST TITLE CARD]: Ike Turner was later arrested on drug related charges. He was convicted and served time in a California State Prison.
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Connections

Referenced in Once Upon a Time When I Tried Committing Suicide (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Wanna Fight
Written by Lulu, Billy Laurie and Steve DuBerry
Performed by Tina Turner
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Meet Anna Mae Bullock (aka. Tina Turner)
23 November 2017 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Yes. Even though this 1993 bio-picture was a somewhat exaggerated retelling of 22 years (1958-1980) in the turbulent life of famed pop singer, Tina Turner - It was still, without question, certainly well-worth a view.

Packed with plenty of brutally-fierce drama, and high-energy musical numbers - Both actress, Angela Bassett, and actor, Laurence Fishburne gave convincing, top-notch performances as a pair of dynamic performers and ill-fated lovers whose repeated head-on collisions with each other could only lead to one final conclusion.

All-in-all - I recommend this picture, highly.

*Trivia notes* - Angela Bassett's singing was all dubbed by Tina Turner.

Director, Brian Gibson died in 2004.


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