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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morris Day ...
Olga Karlatos ...
Jerome Benton ...
Billy Sparks ...
Jill Jones ...
Charles Huntsberry ...
Dez Dickerson ...
Brenda Bennett ...
Susan Moonsie ...
Susan (as Susan)
Sandra Claire Gershman ...
Beautiful Babe
Kim Upsher ...
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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Release Date:

27 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bíboreső  »

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$7,200,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "father's song" being played by his father as Prince walks up to him, after he beats his mother, is also heard later in the movie as the guitar solo in Computer Blue. See more »


Prince's motorcycle tire changes from a street tire to an off-road tire when he is near the river. See more »


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

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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »


Words and Music by Dez Dickerson
Performed by Dez Dickerson
© 1984 Dezsound
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Prince has gained 4 new fans!!
1 September 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

My girlfriends and I went out last night to our local theater's retro night. They show movies like pulp fiction, blade runner, and others for five dollars.

We went out to have dinner and some drinks and caught the 8:00 pm showing of Purple Rain. Never been much of a Prince fan, but little by little WE ALL got sucked into the quirky and freaky world that he painted in this movie. We absolutely enjoyed it and came out of the movie singing Baby I'm a Star and Take me with you,,,etc. etc.

We went to another dance/bar because we were hyped up to dance after this movie but we were quickly reminded that that quality of music doesn't exist within our generation so we made a made dash to some local stores to try to find the DVD. We were going to literally get it and go home and PARTY with the movie again. No stores were open but WALMART so we step in their and didn't find the DVD but found the soundtrack. We stayed out til 3:00 am driving around downtown in my girlfriends convertible blasting that whole soundtrack to whoever would listen.

All I have to say is that the movie made Prince 4 new 20 year old fans! We all wished we were teens during that era. My god you 30 somethings are so lucky. Prince, Madonna, U2, Sting, The Police. The music was so good back then.

Well I just want to share this story to all the original fans out there. I found the DVD @ borders and will be buying more of his music SOON.

Might Not Know it Now, But Baby I tell ya I'm A STAR!

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