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Sign 'o' the Times (1987)

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

Directors:

Prince, Albert Magnoli (uncredited)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Prince ... Himself
Sheila E. ... Herself
Sheena Easton ... Herself
Dr. Fink Dr. Fink ... Himself
Miko Weaver Miko Weaver ... Himself
Levi Seacer Jr. Levi Seacer Jr. ... Himself
Eric Leeds Eric Leeds ... Himself
Atlanta Bliss Atlanta Bliss ... Himself
Wally Safford Wally Safford ... Himself
Gregory Allen Brooks Gregory Allen Brooks ... Himself
Boni Boyer Boni Boyer ... Herself
Cat Cat ... Herself
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prince - Sign O' the Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night", someone (unseen) takes away Prince's microphone and stand. It's absent when he calls for the band to play "A-Train!" but returns right after. See more »

Crazy Credits

"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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Play in the Sunshine
Composed by Prince
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One of the greatest concerts ever filmed...
20 April 1999 | by theCute1See all my reviews

If you like concerts or never have seen one on film...Don't see this one because every other concert will have a hard time measuring up. Prince is definitely one of the best performers of the 20th century. Unlike some of the new cats playing music now in days, Prince's concerts have been known to go over 3 hours...and that is not an exception. You get your money's worth of funk, dance, and message. His music not only is loaded with talent but the lyrics offer hope, such as "The Cross", while others are pure dance like "Housequake". No one else in the 1990's offer this much funk. So if you are ready to see and experience a real genius you've got to see this movie.


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