What's Love Got to Do with It

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Brian Gibson
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

Reggie gonna meet me there

and wait for me till I'm ready to go.

- I want you to take Anna.

- Mama, I got to work.

- Reggie don't want nobody...

- Well, I have a date.

Go on, Anna Mae.

Put on a dress.

I need some privacy.

And, Anna Mae, look a-here.

Don't you get any ideas,

baby girl.

I'm the only sinner in this house.


Well, I got a girl, she

lives up on the hill


Come on, Anna Mae.

Well, I got a girl, she

lives up on the hill

Excuse me! Girl!

Well, she moves mighty quick

Lord, but I love her still

Oh, boy

Gonna jump for joy

Yeah, man, have you

had your baby, boy

My baby bought me a

brand new choo-choo toy

There you are.

Anna Mae, this is Fross.

This is Spider.

- You already met Reggie.

- Spider?

Yeah, Spider.

- I play piano for the revue.

- Anna Mae Bullock.

Anna. That's a pretty

name, little girl.

He's back! That's right,

Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm.

All right!

Hear of jalopies

and the noise they make

Let me introduce

my Rocket 88

Yes, it's great

just one wing

Everybody love

my Rocket 88

Gonna ride in style

movin' all along

It's got the V-8 motor

with a modern design

Convertible top

and the girls don't mind

Rollin' with me ridin'

all around town for joy

Play that thing.

Come on, step in my rocket

don't be late

Baby, we're pullin' out

'bout half past eight

We're goin' around the corner

and get us a fifth

Everybody in my car

gonna take a little nip

Movin' on out

boozin' and cruisin' along

All right!

I know you love me, baby


But you never tell me so

- Yeah, over here!

- Here, Ike!

I know you love me, baby

But you never tell me so

If you don't tell me you love me

- Swing it.

Oh, yeah, swing it.

I'm gonna pack my rags and go

All right now, who's gonna

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Kate Lanier

Kate Lanier is an American screenwriter best known for such films as CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, What's Love Got to Do with It, Beauty Shop, Glitter, The Mod Squad and Set It Off. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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