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Encyclopedia > What's Love Got to Do with It (film)
What's Love Got to Do with It?
Directed by Brian Gibson
Produced by Doug Chapin
Roger Davies
Mario Iscovich
Pat Kehoe
Written by Tina Turner (book)
Kurt Loder (book)
Kate Lanier (screenplay)
Starring Angela Bassett
Laurence Fishburne
Khandi Alexander
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) June 9, 1993 (USA)
Running time 118 mins
Language English
Budget $15,000,000 (est.)
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What's Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 biographical film which tells the life story of Tina Turner. This film is directed by Brian Gibson, starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. Whats Love Got to Do with It? can refer to: Whats Love Got to Do with It? (song), the 1984 hit song by Tina Turner Whats Love Got to Do with It? (album), the 1993 album which features the hit song Whats Love Got to Do... Image File history File links WhatsLoveMoviePoster2. ... Brian Gibson (September 22, 1944 _ January 4, 2004) was a film director. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Promotional photo of Kurt Loder Kurt Loder (born May 5, 1945) is a film critic, author, and television personality. ... Bassett and husband Courtney Vance Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who has built her career with biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer, choreographer, and film and television actress. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Brian Gibson (September 22, 1944 _ January 4, 2004) was a film director. ... Bassett and husband Courtney Vance Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who has built her career with biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ...


The screenplay was adapted by Kate Lanier from the book I, Tina written by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder. The film paints a dark picture of Tina's relationship with her then mentor and husband Ike Turner. The film's soundtrack featured the hit song "I Don't Wanna Fight." The movie grossed over 39 million in US alone and produced around 20 million in the US rentals. I, Tina is a 1986 autobiography by rock singer Tina Turner, co-written by MTV news correspondent and music critic Kurt Loder. ... Promotional photo of Kurt Loder Kurt Loder (born May 5, 1945) is a film critic, author, and television personality. ... Izear Luster Turner (born November 5, 1931) is an African American musician (piano, guitar), bandleader, talent scout and record producer, best known for his work with his former wife Tina Turner. ... Whats Love Got To Do With It? is the twelve album by Tina Turner, released in 1993. ... I Dont Wanna Fight is a popular song by Tina Turner, which was released as the title track for her autobiographical movie Whats Love Got To Do With It. It reached #9 on the BillBoard Hot 100 and #7 on the UK Singles Chart. ...


The familiar Buddhist chant, "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo," from this film has been used in various comedy bits and has become synonymous with the movie among African Americans.[citation needed] Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō (南無妙法蓮華經, also transliterated Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō) is a mantra that is chanted as the central practice of all forms of Nichiren Buddhism. ...

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Plot summary

What's Love Got to Do With It is the filmed biography of rock singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett), documenting her efforts to break away from her abusive husband Ike (Laurence Fishburne). After a few scenes detailing Tina's life as a young singer in Nutbush, Tennessee, she's discovered by Ike Turner, an already established songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Ike takes Tina under his wing and makes her a star, but her fame makes him jealous and abusive, and she has to struggle to break free of his domination. Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Bassett and husband Courtney Vance Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who has built her career with biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... Grocery store in Nutbush Nutbush, Tennessee is an unincorporated rural community in western Tennessee that has been considered part of Brownsville, in Haywood County, and Ripley in Lauderdale County, United States. ... Izear Luster Turner (born November 5, 1931) is an African American musician (piano, guitar), bandleader, talent scout and record producer, best known for his work with his former wife Tina Turner. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ...


Eventually, Tina frees herself from Ike and tries to create a solo career. She meets mega-famous manager Roger Davies (who worked with Olivia Newton-John at the time). The movie ends with a final confrontation between Ike and Tina before Tina's major show at the Ritz, where Ike pulls a gun on Tina, but ultimately doesn't harm her. Tina proceeds to the stage to sing her new song "What's Love Got To Do With It" that historically went on to be a huge hit and established Tina Turner as one of the most successful acts in the world and an entertainment icon for the ages. Roger Davies began his career as a roadie with cult Australian band Company Caine. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born 26 September 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. ... Whats Love Got to Do with It was a #1 hit album in America that saw US singer Tina Turner regain massive international success. ...


Awards and nominations

Angela Bassett, nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner

Angela Bassett won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical as well as an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 415 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (706 × 1019 pixel, file size: 747 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 415 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (706 × 1019 pixel, file size: 747 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Bassett and husband Courtney Vance Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who has built her career with biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ...


Both Fishburne and Bassett were nominated for an Oscar, he for Best Actor in a Leading Role and she for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


The film won an American Choreography Award for one of the dance sequences. The American Choreography Awards were founded in 1994 to recognize outstanding achievements in Film, Television, Commercial, and Music Video. ...


Production notes

Halle Berry, Whitney Houston, Robin Givens and Janet Jackson were all in the running for the role of Tina Turner. It was Whitney Houston who was actually offered/received the role, but had to decline due to imminent maternity. Laurence Fishburne turned down the role of Ike Turner five times. When he learned that Angela Bassett had won the role of Tina Turner, he changed his mind. Both Fishburne and Bassett were previously seen together in the John Singleton film Boyz N The Hood. In 2006's Akeelah and the Bee and the stage play Fences, the acting duo starred together again for the first time since this film. Halle Maria Berry (IPA: ) (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Robin Givens (born November 27, 1964 in New York, New York) is an American actress. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, and pop icon. ... Laurence John Fishburne III[1] (born July 30, 1961) is an American Academy Award-nominated, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, as well as playwright, director, and producer. ... Izear Luster Turner (born November 5, 1931) is an African American musician (piano, guitar), bandleader, talent scout and record producer, best known for his work with his former wife Tina Turner. ... Bassett and husband Courtney Vance Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe winning American actor who has built her career with biographical film roles portraying women in American culture. ... John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Boyz-n-the-Hood is a song by the late rapper Eazy-E as a part of N.W.A. Ice Cube originally intended the song to be for himself, but after he joined N.W.A., he wrote it for Eazy. ... Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 film written and directed by Doug Atchison. ... Fences is a play by August Wilson; it was his second play to go to Broadway. ...


Nearly all of the Ike & Tina Turner songs used in the film were newly re-recorded versions featuring Tina Turner covering her own songs. On "Proud Mary", Laurence Fishburne sings Ike Turner's parts. For Tina Turner's solo recordings, the original masters were used. The only Ike & Tina Turner song not re-recorded was the Phil Spector-produced epic "River Deep - Mountain High". Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... River Deep - Mountain High is a 1966 single by Ike & Tina Turner. ...


In his autobiography Taking Back My Name, Ike Turner denies beating and raping Tina in their home recording studio, and confronting her with a pistol back stage, scenes depicted in the film.


Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, who plays the fictional character of "Jackie", (the friend and former Ikette who shares principles of Buddhism with Tina) was wary of actually chanting the Buddhist words because of her strong Christian faith. So, director Brian Gibson allowed her to form the words with her lips silently during taping and added the words with a voice double in post-production. Vanessa Bell Calloway (born Vanessa Bell on March 20, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an African-American actress. ...


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