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Graffiti Bridge (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Musical | 2 November 1990 (USA)
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Graffiti Bridge is the unofficial sequel to Purple Rain. In this movie, The Kid and Morris Day are still competitors and each runs a club of his own. They make a bet about who writes the ... See full summary »

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Ingrid Chavez ...
Aura
Morris Day ...
Jerome Benton ...
Jerome
Michael Bland ...
Kid's Band
Phillip C ...
Kid's Band
Rosie Gaines ...
Kid's Band
Levi Seacer Jr. ...
Kid's Band
Damon Dickson ...
Kid's Band
Kirk Johnson ...
Kid's Band
Tony Mosley ...
Kid's Band
Miko Weaver ...
Kid's Band
Garry Johnson ...
The Time (as Jellybean)
Jesse Johnson ...
The Time
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The Time
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Graffiti Bridge is the unofficial sequel to Purple Rain. In this movie, The Kid and Morris Day are still competitors and each runs a club of his own. They make a bet about who writes the best song and the Kid's club is on the line. But the Kid has become a brooding character who writes letters to his dead father and ponders spirituality. Under the Graffiti Bridge in the park, he meets Aura, an angel-like poet with whom he falls in love. Once again, Morris tries to steal his girl, and in the end, she dies in a tragic accident. But not in vain, she has given the Kid his edge back, and Morris gives in and lets him keep the club after hearing the moving ballad the Kid composed. Written by David Haglund

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Music is the power. Love is the message. Truth is the answer.

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Drama | Music | Musical

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2 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Az irkafirka híd  »

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$4,562,778 (USA)
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Madonna was Prince's first choice for Aura, the Kid's angelic muse. She turned it down, calling the screenplay "a piece of shit". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Kid: Are there really angels, or are they just in our minds? It all comes out in the wash... in time.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are spelled Prince-style, with "2" replacing "to" and "4" replacing "for" at every occasion. See more »

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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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New Power Generation
Performed by Prince
Composed by Prince
© 1990 Controversy Music
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What exactly is going on in this movie?
30 June 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

That's the question I was asking myself as I watched it. Now, I know that it is a pseudo-sequel to the much-better and more coherent Purple Rain and it showed, especially with all the motorcycle trips out to the "graffiti bridge" (very similar in appearance to some of the lake sequences in the previous movie). And Morris Day and the Time are around again. That's really where any comparision ends.

Prince's character is hyped-up on spirituality (which of course, isn't popular with the club crowds in the film). But ever other spiritually-themed song is followed by one that is much more sexually-charged and with little if no connection to the theme the character is trying to get past. The phrase "in the Temple" is used way too often in way too many of the songs, and is often the only religious link in any of the tunes.

This movie seems to reflect the quagmire that was inside Prince himself at the time...He was trying new things but very disjointedly. The New Power Generation had replaced the Revolution, and there are many occurences of the symbol that would become his name (at least early forms of it).

The highlights of the film for me were the performances of Morris Day and the Time, Mavis Staples, George Clinton (even though he seemed to be performing a Prince tune instead of his own work) and the short dance number by Tevin Campbell.

If you like Prince, take a gander at the film...just don't expect Purple Rain. If you don't like Prince, don't bother.


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