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What's Love Got to Do with It? Details


What's Love Got to Do With It? is the filmed biography of R&B/pop 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, TN, 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Release date:June 9, 1993


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Angela Bassett Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1993 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Angela Bassett Best Actress 1993 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laurence Fishburne Best Actor 1993 Nominee


Angela Bassett
as Tina Turner
Laurence Fishburne
as Ike Turner
Vanessa Bell Calloway
as Jackie
Jenifer Lewis
as Zelma Bullock
Phyllis Stickney
as Alline Bullock
Khandi Alexander
as Darlene
Pamela Tyson
as Leanne
Robert Lesser
as Fairmount MC
Gregory Cook
as The Revue
John Fink
as Anna's Lawyer
O'Neal Compton
as Ramada Inn Manager
Kate Lanier
as Stripper on Balcony
Mayah McCoy
as Young Hairdresser
David Fresco
as Old Man #3
Rosemary Jackson
as 5th Ikette
Michael Monks
as Hotel Porter
Wynonna Smith
as 4th Ikette
Virginia Capers
as Choir Mistress
Michael Colyar
as Apollo Announcer
Tina Turner
Oren Waters
as Choir Member
Jennifer Leigh Warren
as Woman in Audience
Reuben Cannon
Barry "Shabaka" Henley
as El Paso Doctor
Richard T. Jones
as Ike Turner Jr.
Terrence Evans
as Bus Driver
Lorna Scott
as Nurse
Kenny Moore
as Piano Player
Terrence Riggins
as Spider
Cora Lee Day
as Grandma Georgiana
Rob La Belle
as Phil Spector
Sharon Kane
Barry O'Neill
Robert Miranda
Rudolph Willrich
as Judge
James Ralston
as Guitarist
Michael Smith
as The Revue
Scott Irish
as Old Woman #1
Herb Muller
as Old Man #2
Owen Bush
as Old Man
Richard Stay
as Party Goer #1
Damon Hines
as Ronnie Turner
Sherman Augustus
as Reggie
Sonia Hensley
as Audience Female #2
Summer Rose
Jacqueline Woolsey
as Boutique Clerk
Page Moseley
as Ritz Announcer
Eartha Robinson
as Woman in Audience
Shavar Ross
as Michael Turner
Morris O'Connor
as Kings of Rhythm
Suli McCullough
as Craig Turner


Brian Gibson
Doug Chapin
Mario Iscovich
Barry Krost
Kate Lanier
Tina Turner
Book Author
Kurt Loder
Book Author
Jamie Anderson
Stanley Clarke
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart H. Pappe
David Rawlins
Stephen Altman
Production Designer
Pat Kehoe
Production Designer
Richard L. Johnson
Art Director
Pat Kehoe
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Michael Peters
Al Laverde
Key Grip