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Purple Rain (1984)

 -  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 ...
Jill
Charles Huntsberry ...
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Sandra Claire Gershman ...
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Kim Upsher ...
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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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Albert Magnoli filmed a second love scene that was not included in the final cut of the film. This scene has special meaning because it contains the actual illusion of the purple rain. A snippet of this scene is included in the theatrical trailer for the film as well as the When Doves Cry montage. This scene, as well as the other deleted footage that led up to it, is also outlined in the film's screenplay found on various websites. It is rumored that this second love scene almost earned the film an X-rating although it's unclear as to whether this scene was actually included in early edits of the film or actually submitted to the MPAA. Director Albert Magnoli has stated that he never shot anything that could have given the movie a X-rating. See more »

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In the "Lake Minnetonka scene after Apollonia starts to redress from getting wet, her makeup is noticeably perfect. Also, when Apollonia gets back on Prince's motorcycle, Prince replies "don't get my seat all wet". She kisses him and before they ride off you can see hair is still wet, and unstyled. In the next shot filmed from behind, her hair is totally dry, and restyled as if it was never wet. See more »

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First Avenue M.C.: Ladies and gentlemen... The Revolution!
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Referenced in Simon & Simon: Almost Completely Out of Circulation (1984) See more »

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