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Purple Rain (1984)

A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.

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Charles Huntsberry ...
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Dez Dickerson ...
Dez
Brenda Bennett ...
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Susan Moonsie ...
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Sandra Claire Gershman ...
Beautiful Babe
Kim Upsher ...
Kim
Alan Leeds ...
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Storyline

A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father's self destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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27 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baran e Banafsh  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,766,201 (USA) (29 July 1984)

Gross:

$68,392,977 (USA)
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Trivia

Apollonia Kotero was actually married at the time of filming. She was sworn to secrecy about it, so people would really think she and Prince were a couple. See more »

Goofs

The Kid's motorcycle has an automatic transmission. Sometimes when The Kid does crazy bike tricks, the clutch is visible, indicating a stunt rider on a manual bike. See more »

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[first lines]
First Avenue M.C.: Ladies and gentlemen... The Revolution!
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Crazy Credits

"May u live 2 see the dawn" See more »

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Featured in I Love the '80s (2002) See more »

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Computer Blue
Words and Music by Wendy Melvoin (as Wendy), Lisa Coleman (as Lisa) and Prince
Performed by Prince
© 1984 Controversy Music
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That's not Lake Minnetonka...
23 June 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Not terribly different from many of the 1930s-era "backstage musicals," Purple Rain sports a contrived plotline that sees Prince (in the film referred to only as The Kid) battling rival musician Morris Day for the affections of new-in-town beauty Apollonia and a shot at stardom through a secure spot on the bill at legendary Minneapolis club First Avenue. A secondary narrative thread concerns The Kid's violent home life and his attempts to protect his mother from his raging, abusive father. Anyone looking for nuance and subtlety won't find it in the acting or the direction, but Prince's stage presence is commanding, and the musical numbers are electrifying. The Academy Award winning song score (irrefutably one of the best rock albums of the 1980s) and Prince's enigmatic, magnetic personality are undoubtedly the chief components in Purple Rain's sturdy cult, but for viewers of the right age, the youthful angst, flip attitude, and bold sexuality of the film will prove to be irresistibly attractive.


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