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Purple Rain (1984)

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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
Morris Day ...
Olga Karlatos ...
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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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The original screenplay, found on various websites, contained an extremely explicit sex scene between Vanity and The Kid during the "ride of rage" sequence. It's unknown if the scene was actually filmed when Apollonia replaced Vanity as the leading lady. This adds to the mystery of a long rumored early edit of Purple Rain that was given an X-rating by the MPAA. See more »

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When Appollonia fills out the postcard, she lists her height as 5'7". However, the following day, a closeup of the postcard shows her height as 5'6". See more »

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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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Words and Music by Apollonia 6 and Prince (as The Starr Company)
Performed by Apollonia Kotero, Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie as (Apollonia 6)
© 1984 Controversy Music
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A trip back in time.
6 August 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

So there I am at the Landmark Uptown Theater in Minneapolis about a mile away from the legendary First Avenue nightclub. It is midnight and they are showing Purple Rain on the big screen. I sit patiently in my usual seat (fifth row, center, one seat to the right) waiting for this movie from my youth to come on. The lights dim and the Paramount mountain and stars appear and then it starts. `Dearly beloved; we are gathered here today…' Then it cuts to Prince up on stage. The title `Purple Rain' appears across the front with Prince behind it. You can almost smell the smoke in First Avenue because the song inspires me to remember back to my MTV days. When Prince says `Go Crazy!' a couple of girls run to the front of the theater and start dancing. I almost felt like getting up there with them but I was much too shy.

This is a badly acted film with a decent story but it's true strength is the energy it conveys through it's music. That opening number is makes you feel so many things and that's what we go to the movies for. To feel. My favorite song in the film is probably `Take Me With You'. Whenever I hear it, I always think of Prince and Apallonia facing each other and singing together. We all have those songs that take us somewhere special. `Take Me With You' is mine.


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