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Purple Rain (1984)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  27 July 1984 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jill Jones ...
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Charles Huntsberry ...
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Dez Dickerson ...
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Sandra Claire Gershman ...
Beautiful Babe
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Kim
Alan Leeds ...
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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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SEK 2,121,738 (Sweden)
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William Blinn's first draft of the script was titled "Dreams". Prince didn't like the story and wanted the word "purple" in the title. See more »

Goofs

When Jerome and Morris are walking around the block, discussing the problems with the girls' group, as Morris says: "That Apollonia babe we saw last night" his lips don't move in sync with the dialogue dub. He's actually mouthing "Vanity" instead of "Apollonia", indicating that this scene was filmed before Vanity backed out of the shoot. See more »

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

Take Me With U
Words and Music by Prince
Performed by Prince and Apollonia Kotero (as Apollonia)
© 1984 Controversy Music
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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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