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Albert Magnoli (written by) &
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Release Date:
27 July 1984 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Prince ... The Kid

Apollonia Kotero ... Apollonia

Morris Day ... Morris
Olga Karlatos ... Mother

Clarence Williams III ... 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 ... Stage Hand
Israel Gordon ... Taste M.C.
Gil Jacobson ... Cop in Basement
Joseph A. Ferraro ... First Avenue M.C.
Joseph E. Ferraro ... First Avenue M.C.
James French ... Cabbie
Wendy Melvoin ... Wendy - The Revolution (as Wendy)

Lisa Coleman ... Lisa - The Revolution
Bobby 'Z' Rivkin ... Bobby Z - The Revolution (as Bobby Z.)
Matt Fink ... Matt Fink - The Revolution
Brown Mark ... Brown Mark - The Revolution
Garry Johnson ... Jellybean - The Time
Mark Cardenas ... Mark - The Time
Gerald E. Hubbard Jr. ... Gerry - The Time
Paul Peterson ... Paul - The Time
Jesse Johnson ... Jesse - The Time
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erick Lewis ... Himself (uncredited)

Jenni Olson ... Extra (uncredited)
Tom Tangen ... Hiker #1 (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Club Techie (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Magnoli 
Writing credits
Albert Magnoli (written by) &
William Blinn (written by)

Produced by
Robert Cavallo .... producer
Steven Fargnoli .... producer
Joseph Ruffalo .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Colombier (music score by)
Prince (original songs composed by)
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin 
Film Editing by
Albert Magnoli 
Ken Robinson (co-film editor)
Casting by
David Graham 
Production Design by
Ward Preston 
Art Direction by
Maria Caso 
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley  (as Anne McCulley)
Costume Design by
Marie France 
Makeup Department
Richard Arrington .... supervising makeup artist
Susan Caldwell .... hair stylist
Jayson Jeffreys .... key makeup artist
Earl Jones .... hair stylist
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hair stylist
Alberto Machuca .... assistant makeup artist
Todd Prost .... hair stylist
Lee Romanoff .... key makeup artist
Susan Wenzel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mike Frankovich Jr. .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Brand .... first assistant director
Britt Lomond .... first assistant director
Don Wilkerson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Anderson .... shop foreman
Keen Bonath .... assistant props
Clare M.S. Fishman .... assistant props (as Claire Fishman)
Jim Johnson .... property master
Howard McCormick II .... lead man
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator (as Bob Scaife)
Wayne Smith .... painter
Gregory Tetrault .... swing gang
Dane Pizzuti Krogman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Beshears .... sound editor
Bruce Bisenz .... sound mixer
Noah Blough .... assistant sound editor
Neil Brody .... re-recording mixer
Jim Cook .... sound re-recording mixer: dialogue
Mike Dobie .... sound editor (as Michael Dobie)
Richard C. Franklin .... sound designer
Richard C. Franklin .... supervising sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer
David Kern .... sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Susan Rogers .... sound technician
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator (as Doug Schulman)
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
David Yaffe .... sound utility
John Asman .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Al Jones .... stunt coordinator
Kathleen O'Haco .... stunts
Ron Oliney .... stunts
Brad Orrison .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Leroy Bennett .... special lighting: musical numbers
James F. Boyle .... chief set electrician (as Jim Boyle)
Ted Churchill .... panaglide operator
Tom Countryman .... crane operator (as Thomas Countryman)
Peter Davidian .... best boy
Craig Denault .... camera operator
Michael Dugan .... helicopter camera operator: second unit
Bill Fleming .... best boy
Dennis A. Frank .... electrician (as Frank Dennis)
Jack Lee Gary .... assistant camera (as Jack Gary)
Bob Guthier .... electrician
Dean Hassen .... lighting technician
Dave Hetschiesch .... lighting technician
Gerald Hoy .... grip
John Huddleston .... lighting technician
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip (as Danny Jordan)
Neal Karlen .... grip (as Neal Dalen)
Craig Kinchel .... grip
Edward R. Nedin .... electrician
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician (as Jeffrey W. Peterson)
Robert W. Peterson .... lighting technician (as Bob Petersen)
Matthew Quast .... playback operator
Robert Reiff .... still photographer
Joe Rice .... grip
Matt Rice .... electrician
Donald Schmitz .... dolly grip
Chris Squires .... assistant camera (as Christopher Squires)
Steve van Osdale .... grip
Judah Hannah .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Jerry Pope .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Peter Golden .... casting: New York
David Graham .... casting: Los Angeles
Riki Wuolle .... casting: Minneapolis
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Berlovitz .... costumer: men
Jimmell Mardome .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Sonny Baskin .... additional film editor
Warren Chadwick .... additional film editor
George Davis .... post-production assistant
Anthony DiMarco .... executive in charge of post-production
Aubrey Head .... color timer
George Richardson .... post-production assistant
Allan Schultz .... additional film editor
Mitchell Sinoway .... additional film editor
David Taylor .... post-production assistant
Location Management
John Aton .... location auditor
John Dolan .... location projectionist
Kirk Hokanson .... location manager
Music Department
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor
Craig Huxley .... Blaster Beam, Synclavier, Synthesizer
Franklin Jones Jr. .... score mixer (as Frank Jones)
Jerome Benton .... chorus (uncredited)
Jerome Benton .... musician: percussions (uncredited)
Mark Cardenas .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Lisa Coleman .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Morris Day .... singer (uncredited)
Matt Fink .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Gerald E. Hubbard Jr. .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Garry Johnson .... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Jesse Johnson .... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Brown Mark .... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Wendy Melvoin .... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Paul Peterson .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Prince .... musician: guitar & keyboard (uncredited)
Prince .... singer (uncredited)
Bobby 'Z' Rivkin .... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jack Sander .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
William Campbell .... production assistant
Kim Christensen .... caterer
Maxine Davis .... production coordinator
Billy Graff .... production associate
'Hawkeye' Hendricksen .... technical advisor
Charles Huntsberry .... security officer (as 'Big Chick' Huntsberry)
Dawn Renee Jones .... assistant: Mr. Magnoli
Alan Leeds .... coordinator
Dona Lien .... production secretary
Tammy Maples .... jungle exotic
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Paul J. Memmi .... translator
Bonnie Metzger .... unit publicist
Fred Moultrie .... production accountant (as Fred S. Moultrie)
Sheryl Mousley .... production staff
Donald Peake .... production accountant (as Donald L. Peake)
Craig Laurence Rice .... production assistant
Geri Rosenberg .... production secretary
Laila Schirrmeister .... assistant: Anne McCulley
Barbara Sobocinski .... production secretary
Timothy Stark .... production assistant (as Tim Stark)
Jennifer Walton .... secretary to the producers
Jonathan Wolf .... production accountant (as Jonathan D. Wolf)
Millicent A. Wood .... jungle exotic

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111 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The songs were pre-recorded, but Prince and the Revolution played live along with the tracks to capture the feel of a true live performance.See more »
Boom mic visible: When Apollonia says "I'm thinking about buying a guitar", the boom mic is visible.See more »
[first lines]
First Avenue M.C.:Ladies and gentlemen... The Revolution!
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Spoofed in The Auteur (2008)See more »
Take Me With USee more »


What did Prince pick up at the end and why did he throw it to Appolonia?
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Fun Film, 17 August 2001
Author: The Doomite ( from New Mexico, USA

When I first saw this video in the video store, I didn't know what to make of it, being from Prince and all. Being an adventurous soul, I rented it anyway. Good decision! From the very first synthesizer-soaked note of "Let's Go Crazy," this movie takes hold of your attention, and doesn't let go until the ending credits. All the music has that '80s new-wave synthesizer sound goin' for it, but hey, it's an '80s movie! Besides, Prince's songs have a timeless quality that cannot be ignored. Some people may have their opinions of the Purple One, and I understand, but as for me, I think he's awesome! The movie as a whole is cool, with great performances by Morris Day and the Time, Apollonia (Sex Shooter) 6, and of course, Prince and The Revolution. Check this one out on a rainy afternoon!

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