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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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Albert Magnoli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Prince ... The Kid
Apollonia Kotero ... Apollonia
Morris Day ... Morris
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Mother
Clarence Williams III ... Father
Jerome Benton Jerome Benton ... Jerome
Billy Sparks Billy Sparks ... Billy
Jill Jones Jill Jones ... Jill
Charles Huntsberry Charles Huntsberry ... Chick
Dez Dickerson Dez Dickerson ... Dez
Brenda Bennett Brenda Bennett ... Brenda
Susan Moonsie Susan Moonsie ... Susan (as Susan)
Sandra Claire Gershman Sandra Claire Gershman ... Beautiful Babe
Kim Upsher Kim Upsher ... Kim
Alan Leeds Alan Leeds ... Stage Hand
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baran-e Banafsh See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,766,201, 29 July 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$68,392,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Apollonia's application card says she is at the Royal Hotel. Later in the film, when Prince reads the card, which is pinned to the notice board, her address is the Huntington Hotel, the handwriting is completely different, and the notice board pin is in a different position. When The Kid then walks away from the notice board, the card is one seen earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Soundtracks

The Bird
Words and Music by Morris Day & Jesse Johnson
Performed by Morris Day and The Time
© 1984 Controversy Music
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Absolutely utter tripe.
4 April 2010 | by ConStar8788See all my reviews

There are good movies, there are bad movies and then there is this, which makes "Grease 2" look like "West Side Story" and should be the go-to movie critics use when explaining to musicians with overactive egos why it's a bad idea to pretend to be an actor when one is not.

Finding a starting place for criticism is as hard as limiting the criticism to an amount that would fit into a single review. As a lead, Prince only is believable when on stage -- which is, of course, where he belongs, not trying to play the part of a tortured musical savant.

Prince's method of walking deserves its own special criticism, as he seems to move from step to step as if trying to plan the next flip of his hair or fluff of his coat. Never mind the fact that he is not likable in his role as protagonist.

The supporting cast is plenty awful in their own right. Poor Clarence Williams III almost buckles under the weight of trying to carry this collection of drama school dropouts from scene to scene. Things get so bad that some reviewers actually seem to think Morris Day and Jerome Benton can act; more accurately, they simply stink less than what surrounds them.

This movie is clearly just a vehicle for the ego-absorbed Prince to preen and sneer his way through badly-written, badly-directed and poorly-lit material. The best part of the movie are clearly the songs, and if you take this movie as one long music video, perhaps it works. But unless you like watching a good musician who happens to be a hack actor spend a couple of hours trying to overcome Short Man's Syndrome on film, skip this and watch something else.


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