What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

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Singer Tina Turner rises to stardom while mustering the courage to break free from her abusive husband Ike.

"What's Love Got to Do with It" is a 1993 American biographical movie directed by Brian Gibson, adapted from Tina Turner's autobiography, "I, Tina". The heart-tugging drama co-stars Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner, delving into Tina's rise to fame and her abusive relationship with her other half, Ike. The title, stemmed from Turner's Grammy-winning hit song, completely captures the central conflict of the story.

Plot Summary
The film starts with Anna Mae Bullock (Tina Turner's genuine name) as a young girl in Nutbush, Tennessee, singing in the church choir. After her parents desert her, she transfers to St. Louis to cope with her sibling Alline and fulfills Ike Turner, a captivating artist. Impressed by her singing prowess, Ike invites her to sing for his band, the Kings of Rhythm. They soon begin carrying out together, with Ike renaming Anna Mae as 'Tina Turner'.

Tina's Rise to Fame and Relationship with Ike
As Tina's star increases, so does Ike's controlling habits. Ike's violent pattern of abuse commences that includes constant beatings and rapes, eventually causing Tina trying suicide. Nevertheless, Turner fights back to gain back control of her life. Despite whatever, Ike and Tina Turner become one of the most popular acts in music, fascinating audiences with their electric performances. They produce several hits, with "Proud Mary" accomplishing immense success.

Turning Point
In a mentally charged turning point, Turner leaves Ike after a particularly brutal pounding, carrying nothing more than thirty-six cents and a mobile gas card. The strength that Turner displayed during this destructive duration reveals through in the movie, providing a real life representation of getting rid of abuse and difficulty.

Tina's Transformation and Independence
Tina begins to rebuild her life, funneling her self-confidence to recover her music career, resulting eventually in her landmark album "Private Dancer". She transforms to Buddhism, discovering strength and peace in chanting. The film highlights Turner's determination as she carries out in smaller sized places and struggles for acknowledgment. We see her improvement from a suffering female to a worldwide recognized super star.

The film ends on a high note with the real-life Tina Turner performing "What's Love Got To Do With It", the titular song that symbolizes her musical return and personal freedom. The motion picture reestablished Tina Turner as a musical icon and showcased Bassett's compelling performance, for which she made an Academy Award nomination.

Important Acclaim
"What's Love Got to Do with It" received substantial vital success. Bassett and Fishburne's effective efficiencies were admired and earned them both Academy Award nominations, with Bassett winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress. In 2020, the film was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being culturally, traditionally, or visually significant.

In conclusion, "What's Love Got to Make With It" is a sobering, uplifting, and inspiring biopic that expertly showcases the talent, strength, and spirit of Tina Turner, whose life story is as grasping as it is inspiring. The movie is a testimony to the strength of a female who refused to let difficulty or abuse specify her, amplifying the voice of an icon who required respect against all odds.

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