Two cousins from Miami are in the Mediterranean, enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women. One day, they read about a young woman set to inherit $50,000,000 from her father. At ... See full summary »
Kristin Scott Thomas
In Egypt, princess Maytes father is assassinated by 7 men, leaving her with the sacred three chains of gold. She decides to seek out the help of Prince in USA, and sends him a tape of her ... See full summary »
Prince and the Revolution perform in the music video for "Raspberry Beret" from the album "Around the World in a Day" recorded for Paisley Park Records. Prince and the band perform before a... See full summary »
In a deleted scene, Prince and The Time perform the song "The Latest Fashion", in what was supposed to be a round in the battle for the Glam Slam club. It was edited out due to time constraints, and it is unknown if the scene was supposed to take place before or after the "Shake"/"tick, tick, bang" sequences. The song, which is featured on the soundtrack, can still be faintly heard as the Kid drags his Telecaster guitar down the street before throwing it through the Glam Slam window. See more »
Are there really angels, or are they just in our minds? It all comes out in the wash... in time.
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The credits are spelled Prince-style, with "2" replacing "to" and "4" replacing "for" at every occasion. See more »
Back in the '80s and early '90s, I was one of Prince's many fans, buying or listening to virtually all the products he and his proteges released. This film changed that irrevocably. I have no doubt Prince still makes great music, but this movie proved that sometimes he's simply too weird for even my tastes.
I distinctly remember seeing the film with a friend of mine and both of us walking out silently. In a few minutes, my friend muttered, "That was the *worst* film I've ever seen in my life." I agreed; we'd both seen some real stinkers in our lifetimes too.
The problem? As others have noted, this is a film that is more like an extended music video than anything else. "Purple Rain's" had the normal, thin, classic "I'm gonna make it in showbiz" plot seen in countless films before it, so it wasn't exactly a cerebral treat either. *But* it looked realistic, the editing was tighter (thereby covering up a few of the plot holes), and you could believe it.
"Graffiti Bridge" fails on all counts above. It was shot completely in Prince's private studio, and it shows. Everything *looks* like a soundstage. I realize, of course, that this was supposed to be an elaborate fantasy, but the best abstract fantasies should at least be somewhat believable.
Are there good parts? Yes, there are a few shining moments. Morris Day and Jerome rekindle a bit of the chemistry they had in "Purple Rain" and young(er) Tevin Campbell's performance is remarkable. Prince, however, directs and edits most of the film's potentially best moments so that the life is taken out of them.
If Prince/O ever decides to make another film, he should hand over all but the musical and some of the conceptual reins to someone else.
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