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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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Apollonia
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Olga Karlatos ...
Mother
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Father
Jerome Benton ...
Jerome
Billy Sparks ...
Billy
Jill Jones ...
Jill
Charles Huntsberry ...
Chick
Dez Dickerson ...
Dez
Brenda Bennett ...
Brenda
Susan Moonsie ...
Susan (as Susan)
Sandra Claire Gershman ...
Beautiful Babe
Kim Upsher ...
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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27 July 1984 (USA)  »

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Bíboreső  »

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$7,200,000 (estimated)
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The audio from the three songs in the climatic final concert of the film, which included "I Would Die 4U", "Baby I'm A Star", and the title song "Purple Rain" were recorded live on August 3, 1983 at the First Avenue club in Minneapolis as part of a fund raiser for the Minnesota Dance Theater. It also marked the official debut of Princes new band The Revolution. The concert scenes were re-enacted later. See more »

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The notecard application Apollonia fills out in the first club scene lists her experience as "Singer & Dancer," yet when it is posted on the board in later scenes this section is blank. See more »

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[first lines]
First Avenue M.C.: Ladies and gentlemen... The Revolution!
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"May u live 2 see the dawn" See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Special Edna (2003) See more »

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Father's Song
Written by John L. Nelson
Performed by Prince
© 1984 Controversy Music
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I love this movie!
19 July 1999 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Ok, so it may not be the award-winning "movie of the year" type-film (apart from the brilliant soundtrack that I think won a few awards), but it is a really great film about 'The Kid' (Prince / O( take your pick) and the happenings around him living in Minneapolis, playing his music. The music is absolutely superb, in my opinion you HAVE to own this soundtrack, it is truly a classic and sums up the eighties sounds and feel in a wonderful fashion. And the movie itself plays out a nice plot, it's worth seeing over and over again, espeically if you like Prince / O (which I do) of course.


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