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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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R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purple Rain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,766,201, 29 July 1984

Gross USA:

$70,261,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,261,906
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Morris Day apparently had a substance abuse problem throughout production, and was high during most of filming. He often had to be almost literally dragged out of his room to the set. See more »

Goofs

When Prince is doing ventriloquism backstage, he's clearly not saying anything. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Avenue M.C.: Ladies and gentlemen... The Revolution!
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Crazy Credits

Credits roll against a purple background. See more »

Alternate Versions

Network TV versions omit the song "Baby, I'm a Star", and simply have it playing over the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 22 April 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby I'm A Star
Words and Music by Prince
Performed by Prince and the Revolution
© 1984 Controversy Music
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Prince has gained 4 new fans!!
1 September 2008 | by LnineBSee all my reviews

My girlfriends and I went out last night to our local theater's retro night. They show movies like pulp fiction, blade runner, and others for five dollars.

We went out to have dinner and some drinks and caught the 8:00 pm showing of Purple Rain. Never been much of a Prince fan, but little by little WE ALL got sucked into the quirky and freaky world that he painted in this movie. We absolutely enjoyed it and came out of the movie singing Baby I'm a Star and Take me with you,,,etc. etc.

We went to another dance/bar because we were hyped up to dance after this movie but we were quickly reminded that that quality of music doesn't exist within our generation so we made a made dash to some local stores to try to find the DVD. We were going to literally get it and go home and PARTY with the movie again. No stores were open but WALMART so we step in their and didn't find the DVD but found the soundtrack. We stayed out til 3:00 am driving around downtown in my girlfriends convertible blasting that whole soundtrack to whoever would listen.

All I have to say is that the movie made Prince 4 new 20 year old fans! We all wished we were teens during that era. My god you 30 somethings are so lucky. Prince, Madonna, U2, Sting, The Police. The music was so good back then.

Well I just want to share this story to all the original fans out there. I found the DVD @ borders and will be buying more of his music SOON.

Might Not Know it Now, But Baby I tell ya I'm A STAR!


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