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Purple Rain ()


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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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The Kid
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Apollonia
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Morris
Olga Karlatos ...
Mother
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Father
Jerome Benton ...
Jerome
Billy Sparks ...
Billy
Jill Jones ...
Jill
Charles Huntsberry ...
Chick
Dez Dickerson ...
Dez
Brenda Bennett ...
Brenda
Susan Moonsie ...
Susan (as Susan)
Sandra Claire Gershman ...
Beautiful Babe
Kim Upsher ...
Kim
Alan Leeds ...
Stage Hand
Israel Gordon ...
Taste M.C.
Gil Jacobson ...
Cop in Basement
Joseph A. Ferraro ...
First Avenue M.C.
Joseph E. Ferraro ...
First Avenue M.C.
James French ...
Cabbie
Wendy Melvoin ...
Wendy - The Revolution (as Wendy)
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Lisa - The Revolution
Bobby 'Z' Rivkin ...
Bobby Z - The Revolution (as Bobby Z.)
Matt Fink ...
Matt Fink - The Revolution
Brown Mark ...
Brown Mark - The Revolution
Garry Johnson ...
Jellybean - The Time
Mark Cardenas ...
Mark - The Time
Gerald E. Hubbard Jr. ...
Gerry - The Time
Paul Peterson ...
Paul - The Time
Jesse Johnson ...
Jesse - The Time
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tina Hillstrom ...
(uncredited)
Erick Lewis ...
Himself (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Tom Tangen ...
Hiker #1 (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ...
Club Techie (uncredited)

Directed by

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Albert Magnoli

Written by

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Albert Magnoli ... (written by) &
William Blinn ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Cavallo ... producer
Steven Fargnoli ... producer
Joseph Ruffalo ... producer

Music by

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Michel Colombier ... (music score by)
Prince ... (original songs composed by)

Cinematography by

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Donald E. Thorin

Film Editing by

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Albert Magnoli
Ken Robinson ... co-film editor

Editorial Department

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Sonny Baskin ... additional film editor
Warren Chadwick ... additional film editor
George Davis ... post-production assistant
Anthony DiMarco ... executive in charge of post-production
Aubrey Head ... color timer
George Richardson ... post-production assistant
Allan Schultz ... additional film editor
Mitchell Sinoway ... additional film editor
David Taylor ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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David Graham

Production Design by

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Ward Preston

Art Direction by

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Maria Caso

Set Decoration by

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Anne D. McCulley ... (as Anne McCulley)

Costume Design by

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Marie France
Louis Wells

Makeup Department

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Richard Arrington ... supervising makeup artist
Susan Caldwell ... hair stylist
Jayson Jeffreys ... key makeup artist
Earl Jones ... hair stylist
Susan V. Kalinowski ... hair stylist
Alberto Machuca ... assistant makeup artist
Todd Prost ... hair stylist
Lee Romanoff ... key makeup artist
Susan Wenzel ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Mike Frankovich Jr. ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anthony Brand ... first assistant director
Britt Lomond ... first assistant director
Don Wilkerson ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Thomas Anderson ... shop foreman
Keane Bonath ... assistant props (as Keen Bonath)
Clare M.S. Fishman ... assistant props (as Claire Fishman)
Jim Johnson ... property master
Howard McCormick II ... lead man
Robert Scaife ... construction coordinator (as Bob Scaife)
Wayne Smith ... painter
Gregory Tetrault ... swing gang
Dane Pizzuti Krogman ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James Beshears ... sound editor
Bruce Bisenz ... sound mixer
Noah Blough ... assistant sound editor
Neil Brody ... re-recording mixer
Jim Cook ... sound re-recording mixer: dialogue
Mike Dobie ... sound editor (as Michael Dobie)
Richard C. Franklin ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Robert L. Harman ... re-recording mixer
David Kern ... sound editor
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Susan Rogers ... sound technician
Douglas J. Schulman ... boom operator (as Doug Schulman)
Marshall Winn ... sound editor
David Yaffe ... sound utility
John Asman ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)

Stunts

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Al Jones ... stunt coordinator
Kathleen O'Haco ... stunts
Ron Oliney ... stunts
Brad Orrison ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Leroy Bennett ... special lighting: musical numbers
James F. Boyle ... chief set electrician (as Jim Boyle)
Ted Churchill ... panaglide operator
Tom Countryman ... crane operator (as Thomas Countryman)
Peter Davidian ... best boy
Craig Denault ... camera operator
Michael Dugan ... helicopter camera operator: second unit
Bill Fleming ... best boy
Dennis A. Frank ... electrician (as Frank Dennis)
Jack Lee Gary ... assistant camera (as Jack Gary)
Bob Guthier ... electrician
Dean Hassen ... lighting technician
Dave Hetschiesch ... lighting technician
Gerald Hoy ... grip
John Huddleston ... lighting technician
Daniel R. Jordan ... key grip (as Danny Jordan)
Neal Karlen ... grip (as Neal Dalen)
Craig Kinchel ... grip
Edward R. Nedin ... electrician
Jeffrey W. Petersen ... electrician (as Jeffrey W. Peterson)
Robert W. Peterson ... lighting technician (as Bob Petersen)
Matthew Quast ... playback operator
Robert Reiff ... still photographer
Joe Rice ... grip
Matt Rice ... electrician
Donald Schmitz ... dolly grip
Chris Squires ... assistant camera (as Christopher Squires)
Steve van Osdale ... grip
Judah Hannah ... video assist operator (uncredited)
Jerry Pope ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Lee Daniels ... casting assistant
Peter Golden ... casting: New York
David Graham ... casting: Los Angeles
Riki Wuolle ... casting: Minneapolis

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sonja Berlovitz ... costumer: men
Jimmell Mardome ... costumer: men
Vaughn Terry ... stylist
Louis Wells ... stylist

Location Management

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John Aton ... location auditor
John Dolan ... location projectionist
Kirk Hokanson ... location manager

Music Department

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Jim Harrison ... supervising music editor
Craig Huxley ... Blaster Beam, Synclavier, Synthesizer
Franklin Jones Jr. ... score mixer (as Frank Jones)
Jerome Benton ... chorus (uncredited) / musician: percussions (uncredited)
Mark Cardenas ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Lisa Coleman ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Morris Day ... singer (uncredited)
Matt Fink ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Gerald E. Hubbard Jr. ... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Garry Johnson ... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)
Jesse Johnson ... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Brown Mark ... musician: bass guitar (uncredited)
Wendy Melvoin ... musician: lead guitar (uncredited)
Paul Peterson ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Prince ... musician: guitar & keyboard (uncredited) / singer (uncredited)
Bobby 'Z' Rivkin ... musician: drums & percussions (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jack Sander ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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William Campbell ... production assistant
Kim Christensen ... caterer
Maxine Davis ... production coordinator
Billy Graff ... production associate
'Hawkeye' Hendricksen ... technical advisor
Charles Huntsberry ... security officer (as 'Big Chick' Huntsberry)
Dawn Renee Jones ... assistant: Mr. Magnoli
Alan Leeds ... coordinator
Dona Lien ... production secretary
Tammy Maples ... jungle exotic
Kerry Lyn McKissick ... script supervisor
Paul J. Memmi ... translator
Bonnie Metzger ... unit publicist
Fred Moultrie ... production accountant (as Fred S. Moultrie)
Sheryl Mousley ... production staff
Donald Peake ... production accountant (as Donald L. Peake)
Craig Laurence Rice ... production assistant
Geri Rosenberg ... production secretary
Laila Schirrmeister ... assistant: Anne McCulley
Barbara Sobocinski ... production secretary
Timothy Stark ... production assistant (as Tim Stark)
Jennifer Walton ... secretary to the producers
Jonathan Wolf ... production accountant (as Jonathan D. Wolf)
Millicent A. Wood ... jungle exotic

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Bíboreső (Hungary)
  • Принц: Пурпурный дождь (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Пурпурен дъжд (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Lluvia púrpura (Mexico)
  • Viva a Música (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,200,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,766,201, 29 Jul 1984
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $80,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Scenes of Wendy and Lisa kissing, suggesting a same-sex relationship, were deleted from the final version. They had a lesbian relationship in real life. See more »
Goofs When Jerome and Morris are walking around the block, discussing the problems with the girls' group, Morris says "That Apollonia babe we saw last night," and his lips don't move in sync with the dialogue. He's actually mouthing "Vanity" instead of "Apollonia", indicating that the scene was filmed before Vanity backed out of the shoot. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Let's Go Crazy See more »
Crazy Credits "May u live 2 see the dawn" See more »
Quotes Apollonia: Will you help me?
The Kid: No.
Apollonia: Pardon me?
The Kid: Nope... Wanna know why?
Apollonia: Nope.
The Kid: Because you wouldn't pass the initiation.
Apollonia: What initiation?
The Kid: Well, for starters, you have to purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.
Apollonia: What?
The Kid: You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka.
[She strips down, and runs towards the lake]
The Kid: Hey! Wait a minute! That's...
[She jumps in. She gets out shivering]
The Kid: Uh, hold it...
Apollonia: What?
The Kid: That ain't Lake Minnetonka.
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