Sunday, June 18, 2017

What's Love Got To Do With It (1993)

It wouldn't be right if Hollywood didn't do a biopic of a rock icon, especially one with a story like Tina Turner's.  Based on her autobiography I, Tina and named after her smash hit What's Love Got To Do With It (1984), the film chronicles her life as she rises to fame with Ike Turner and the tumultuous relationship that ensued.  Several performances were interspersed around the still-difficult-to-watch scenes where Ike beats the hell out the Private Dancer.  The soundtrack included several re-recordings of older songs as well as the single "I Don't Wanna Fight," which became Tina's last top 40 hit.  The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll staged one of the biggest comebacks in music history.  The film ends at the beginning of it, but Tina went on to win a slew of Grammy Awards, co-star with Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in addition to breaking concert attendance records, proving she really is The Best.      

What's Love Got To Do With It was filmed in Hollywood, Downey, Inglewood and Los Angeles, CA, St. Louis, MO and Nutbush, TN

Location: The Apollo Theater Interior, New York
Address: 478 W Sixth Street, San Pedro, CA   Warner Grand Theater

Ike and Tina woo the crowd with A Fool In Love inside the Warner Grand Theater...

Location: Ike & Tina's House
Address: 4263 Olympiad Drive, Los Angeles, CA

The address on the house was a nice clue in tracking it down.  This was also Ike and Tina's actual house that they lived in.  Very little has changed since filming and since the 60s...

Location: The Academy Theater
Address: 3100 Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA

When Tina and Ike go six rounds in the limousine, they pass The Academy Theater...

The hotel that they check into bloodied and bruised was The Ambassador Hotel located at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, which was torn down in 2005.

Location: The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Address: 607 South Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA   Park Plaza Hotel

Tina performs her ass off for future manager Roger Davies in the ballroom. The hotel is now used only for filming...

The Academy Awards ceremony from The Bodyguard (1992) and Julian's short-lived club from Less Than Zero (1987) were also filmed here.

Location: The Ritz Club, New York
Address: 1735 N Vine Street, Hollywood, CA   

Tina bids farewell to Ike and performs What's Love Got To Do With It inside the Avalon Hollywood...

Locations Visited: October 2016

Still Need To Visit:

Ike & Tina's First Date
The Cake Diner

Still Need To Locate:

Tina's Church
Tina's Childhood Home
St. Louis Locations
Jackie's Apartment
The Ritz Exterior

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