MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,260 this week

Sign 'o' the Times (1987)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 784 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 5 critic

A concert film with theatrical staging, featuring live performances by Prince and his band.

Directors:

, (uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Top 10 TV Shows

Brooke Anderson from "Entertainment Tonight" and Melanie McFarland take a look at the Top 10 TV Shows of 2014 in our new series "IMDb Countdown".

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3622 titles
created 23 Aug 2011
 
a list of 112 titles
created 18 Apr 2013
 
a list of 657 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 4 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sign 'o' the Times (1987)

Sign 'o' the Times (1987) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sign 'o' the Times.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Back to Back (1989)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Modern day western about two very different brothers, who join forces to clear their family name, from the shadow of their dead brother's blame for a bloody unsolved robbery.

Director: John Kincade
Stars: Bill Paxton, Todd Field, Apollonia Kotero
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Depeche Mode prepares for the 101st and final concert of its massive world tour at the Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California, while a group of fans who won a contest travel to the concert through the United States on a bus.

Directors: David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Andrew Fletcher, David Gahan, Martin Gore
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Directors: Prince, Scott McCullough
Stars: Robia LaMorte, Prince, Lori Werner
Street Knight (1993)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A former cop returns to challenge a plot to escalate gang violence in the streets of Los Angeles.

Director: Albert Magnoli
Stars: Jeff Speakman, Christopher Neame, Lewis Van Bergen
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary of Irish rock group U2's Fall 1987 tour of North America.

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Punk, New Wave, Reggae and Techno bands from Europe and the US recorded live in several locations in 1980. The biggest names on the bill are the Police and UB 40 but every performance is a ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Burbidge
Stars: Wall of Voodoo, Stan Ridgway, Marc Moreland
Action | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Minnesota Clay seeks revenge on the man who withheld evidence at his trial. There is a problem however, he is going blind.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Georges Rivière, Ethel Rojo
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An entertaining "rockumentary" about Radiohead that shows some of the tedium of being a rock star, as well as some of the fun stuff.

Director: Grant Gee
Stars: Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood
Dark Planet (1997)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Two sides, one known as the Alphas and the other the Rebels, struggle in a brutal war on Earth and in outer space. When a habitable planet is discovered in orbit around a star that is on ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Magnoli
Stars: Paul Mercurio, Harley Jane Kozak, Michael York
Partyman (1989)
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Albert Magnoli
Stars: Dr. Fink, Candy Dulfer, Prince
The Exile (1947)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Charles II, the King of England, finds himself in exile in Holland, where he falls in love with a beautiful farm-girl.

Director: Max Ophüls
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maria Montez, Rita Corday
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Parris Patton
Stars: Prince, Mayte Garcia, Mavis Staples
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Herself
Dr. Fink ...
Himself
Miko Weaver ...
Himself
Levi Seacer Jr. ...
Himself
Eric Leeds ...
Himself
Atlanta Bliss ...
Himself
Wally Safford ...
Himself
Gregory Allen Brooks ...
Himself
Boni Boyer ...
Herself
Cat ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

In front of a crowd at the Rotterdam Music Hall, Prince and his band perform 13 numbers, 11 of which are from his double album, "Sign 'o' the Times," and all but "Now's the Time" are his compositions. This is high energy stuff, with neon signs flashing above the stage, suggesting the honky-tonk district of a big city. Between a few of the numbers, there are vignettes of street life. Three women - Shiela E, Boni Boyer, and Cat - provide rhythmic, vocal, and physical pyrotechnics. Sheena Easton appears in a film within a film, her rock video "U Got the Look." In constant motion, never far from center stage, is Prince, Minnesota's charismatic pixy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you go to only one concert this year... the Prince movie is the one!

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prince - Sign O' the Times  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

"If your body gets tired, keep dancing 'cuz u gotta keep the blood flowing down 2 your feet. Brother Brooks will be 'round in a minute with a bucket filled in it squirrel meat. All thanks 2 God, may u live 2 see the dawn." See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
Composed by Prince
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

will convert ANYBODY to Prince-fan, I'm sure!

This live version of various tracks from arguably Prince's most ingenious work never fails to leave me gasping for air. If this isn't a good reason to give the diminunitive one's music a fair chance, I don't know what is. High points: The chilling title track, exploding into the eversunny Play In The Sunshine; the drop-dead dancing of Housequake; Charlie Parker's Now's the Time, which features fantastic jazz trumpeter Atlanta Bliss, red hot funkmeister Levi Seacer Jr.- with one of the sweetest bass solos this side of Larry Graham- and the PMT-busting Sheila E, wisely exploited here as one of the most exciting jazz and rock drummers around; the epic Forever in My Life with the class vocal-goddess that is the late boni boyer; and the jazztastic It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night featuring the hilarious "Table and the Chair" rap! Low points: pedantic, but the mis-matching film of Dr Fink's organ solo and the freeze-frame shot in Hot Thing really annoy me. but then that guitar sound makes up for it all. Watch this, and prepare to watch it again just to make sure that it really happened!


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Better than One Nite Only? joydeep3000
Definitive US Zone 1 release is crying out to be made! FeelingSoSad
Release DVD in The Netherlands rnmboon
Does Anyone Know What Happen To Cat 'Glover' gingles6969
Who's sexy butt? brainmon02
Setlist? mindspin311
Discuss Sign 'o' the Times (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page