What's Love Got to Do with It (film)

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What's Love Got to Do with It?
Whats love got to do with it poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian Gibson
Produced byDoug Chapin
Barry Krost
Screenplay byKate Lanier
Based onI, Tina 
by Tina Turner
Kurt Loder
StarringAngela Bassett
Laurence Fishburne
Khandi Alexander
Jenifer Lewis
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly
Chi McBride
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • June 9, 1993 (1993-06-09)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$39,100,956
 
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What's Love Got to Do with It?
Whats love got to do with it poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian Gibson
Produced byDoug Chapin
Barry Krost
Screenplay byKate Lanier
Based onI, Tina 
by Tina Turner
Kurt Loder
StarringAngela Bassett
Laurence Fishburne
Khandi Alexander
Jenifer Lewis
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly
Chi McBride
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • June 9, 1993 (1993-06-09)
Running time118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$39,100,956

What's Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 American biopic film directed by Brian Gibson, loosely based on the life of Tina Turner. It stars Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner.

The screenplay was adapted by Jade Takacs from the book I, Tina written by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder and both Ike and Tina Turner assigned rights to Takacs for their lives to be dramatized in the film. The film's soundtrack featured the hit song "I Don't Wanna Fight", which went to number one in seven countries. In the United States, the film grossed almost $50 million and around $20 million in rentals. In the United Kingdom, it grossed nearly £10 million.

Storyline[edit]

Born and raised in the small Tennessee town of Nutbush, Anna Mae Bullock (Tina's original name) grows up in an unhappy family, with her parents later leaving and abandoning her and taking only her sister. Following her grandmother's death, she relocates to St. Louis, reuniting with her mother and close sister Alline. Anna Mae pursues a chance to be a professional singer after seeing charismatic bandleader Ike Turner perform one night. Later she wins her spot in Turner's band after singing onstage and he begins mentoring her. In time, an unexpected romance develops between the two after she moves into Ike's home. Shortly afterwards, they marry and begin having musical success together as Ike and Tina Turner.

The marriage quickly turns violent when Ike Turner starts physically dominating her, leaving her no chance to escape. In public, Tina Turner rises from local St. Louis phenomenon into an R&B superstar with Ike Turner growing increasingly jealous of the attention given to her. Ike turns to drugs and his abusive behavior worsens. As Tina seeks solace in her chaotic life, a friend turns her on to Nichiren Buddhism, eventually convincing her that it will help "change her life". Tina grows increasingly confident afterwards and in a final fight with Ike finally musters the courage to defend herself, eventually leaving Ike after they arrive at a hotel.

Winning the right to retain her stage name after their divorce, Tina continues working to pay bills. She gets a break after meeting Roger Davies, who eventually helps her realize her dreams of rock stardom. Despite Ike's attempts to win her back, Tina Turner eventually prevails and finds solo success, accomplishing her dreams without Ike.

Cast[edit]

Differences from noted events[edit]

Though the film took its story from Tina Turner's autobiography, I, Tina, it was determined to be only loosely based from the book, meaning certain events in the film were "fictionalized for dramatic purposes".[1] Examples of the fictionalized scenes include:

Awards and nominations[edit]

Bassett won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture. Laurence Fishburne was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Bassett was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The film won an American Choreography Award for one of its dance sequences.

Production[edit]

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

Halle Berry, Whitney Houston, Robin Givens, Pam Grier, Vanessa L. Williams and Janet Jackson were all considered for the role of Tina Turner.[3] It was Whitney Houston who was actually offered/received the role, but had to decline due to imminent maternity. Jenifer Lewis, who plays Tina's mother in this film, originally auditioned to play Tina Turner. Lewis is only one year older than Bassett.

Laurence Fishburne was offered the role of Ike Turner five times and turned it down each time. When he found out that Angela Bassett was cast as Tina Turner, he changed his mind.[4]

All the Ike and 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, including the Phil Spector-produced "River Deep - Mountain High".

In his autobiography Taking Back My Name, Ike Turner claims the movie damaged his reputation immensely and attacks many of the scenes for being either not strictly accurate or completely fabricated.

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.

Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway, who plays the fictional character of Jackie, was wary of chanting the Buddhist words because of her strong Christian faith. Director Brian Gibson allowed her to form the words with her lips silently during filming and added the words with a voice double in post-production. She also appeared alongside Tina in the music video of "What's Love Got to Do with It".

Reception[edit]

The movie gained a mostly positive reception from critics.[5][6][7][8] It currently holds a 96% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 49 reviews with the consensus: "With a fascinating real-life story and powerhouse performances from Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, What's Love Got to Do with It is a can't miss biopic." Ike Turner complained it was an inaccurate portrayal of him.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SUMMER SNEAKS : Tina Turner's Story Through a Disney Prism : The singer's film biography, 'What's Love Got to Do With It,' focuses on her turbulent relationship with her mentor and ex-husband Ike Turner as well as her triumphant comeback - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1993-05-16. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  2. ^ Seymour, Gene (1995-12-22). "Angela Bassett: Grounded--and Soaring as an Actress : After Vampires, Strange Days, the Film Star Can 'Exhale'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  3. ^ "SUMMER SNEAKS : Tina Turner's Story Through a Disney Prism : The singer's film biography, 'What's Love Got to Do With It,' focuses on her turbulent relationship with her mentor and ex-husband Ike Turner as well as her triumphant comeback - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com/2. 1993-05-16. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  4. ^ "SUMMER SNEAKS : Tina Turner's Story Through a Disney Prism : The singer's film biography, 'What's Love Got to Do With It,' focuses on her turbulent relationship with her mentor and ex-husband Ike Turner as well as her triumphant comeback - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com/2. 1993-05-16. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Tina turns tumultuous life into 'Love' - Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. 1993-06-18. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Tina Turner Story Tunes In To The Rhythms Of Real Life - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 1993-06-11. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  7. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW : 'Love': Playing It Nice and Rough : Exceptional Acting Powers Story of Up and Downs of Ike and Tina Turner - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1993-06-09. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  8. ^ Rickey, Carrie (1994-03-24). "For Pop Queen Tina Turner, Life Was Never, Ever Nice And Easy - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Q&A WITH IKE TURNER : 'I Was the One Who Turned Her Into Tina Turner' - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1993-06-24. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 

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