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Sign 'o' the Times (1987)

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

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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>

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

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20 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Prince - Sign O' the Times  »

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$3,000,000 (USA)
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Due to the "original" footage that was filmed from 2 live shows, ending up with poor video and sound quality, the final cut of the film was shot entirely at Prince's Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, in his 12,500 ft. soundstage. See more »

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"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 »

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Referenced in Shaun of the Dead (2004) See more »

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More than a concert film - a testament to the power of an artist
8 November 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

From the opening with the title song, you can feel the energy created by the cast of musicians, the star and the audience. This energy builds and flows from one exciting song to the next; even the slow ballads are so full of power that it is hard to sit still; this film is a testament to the power of Prince... it is the definitive demonstration of his awesome talent; the live versions of these songs, including a "Little Red Corvette" sing along, make the studio album sound sterile and that is something damned-near impossible to do to Prince (And only Prince could do it!) If you want to see him at his peak, this is it!! There is dancing, singing and music, music, music. The band includes some members of the Revolution and some future NPG members, but the real stand-outs are Cat, Sheila E. and Bonnie Boyer. If you have only heard the studio album, check this film out...so good it'll make you slap yo' mama!!


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