Purple Rain

Purple Rain

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Director: Albert Magnoli

Cast: Albert Magnoli, Prince, Apollonia, Morris Day

     
 

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Purple Rain, the first starring film for Prince, is the story of an arrogant, young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The dramatic complications include "The Kid's" (Prince) miserable home life, where he suffers the brutalities of his father (well played by Clarence Williams III) and the youth's efforts to winSee more details below

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Overview

Purple Rain, the first starring film for Prince, is the story of an arrogant, young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The dramatic complications include "The Kid's" (Prince) miserable home life, where he suffers the brutalities of his father (well played by Clarence Williams III) and the youth's efforts to win the love of the beautiful Apollonia. Despite the misogynistic undercurrents in Purple Rain, the film's biggest fans were young women. Gorgeously photographed by Donald Thorin, Purple Rain is essentially a glorified music video, highlighted by a catalogue of Prince's hits, including "I Would Die 4 U," "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy"; the score deservedly won an Academy Award and a Grammy.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
When this dynamic musical drama hit movie screens in 1984, it raised Prince Rogers Nelson’s profile from critical favorite to legitimate phenomenon in a single two-hour stroke. And while the eccentric, flamboyant star’s career has had its ups and downs in the intervening years, Purple Rain remains every bit as compelling now as then. At that time Prince had already dazzled critics, audiences, and peers with his unique pop-music stylings, but the film's critical and commercial success surprised nearly everyone. At least partially autobiographical, Purple Rain stars Prince as a young musician in Minneapolis, struggling to win acceptance for his music while dealing with numerous crises in his personal life. Reluctant to indulge in relationships lest he lose his focus, he nonetheless falls for a sassy dancer (Apollonia Kotero, at the time Prince’s real-life girlfriend) with ambitions of her own. Morris Day and the Time appear as Prince’s chief competitors in a battle of the bands, and Clarence Williams III is remarkably effective as the young musician’s abusive father. But it's the kinetic concert sequences that made Purple Rain an instant classic: the opening party anthem, "Let's Go Crazy," the Time's "Jungle Love," and the soaring closer, "Purple Rain," are just a few of the film's many musical highlights. Very much a product of its time and place, Purple Rain clearly isn’t a musical in the tradition of Singin’ in the Rain or My Fair Lady, yet to many viewers this fun and fascinating cinematic memoir represents no less a pinnacle in musical moviemaking.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
What doesn't matter about this semi-autobiographical musical drama is that it is pretentious, misogynistic, ludicrous, and dumb. What does matter is that it is very entertaining and features an absolutely terrific musical score, one of the few to cop both an Oscar and a Grammy. Prince is the star and performs most of the songs, but the film's highlight is a delightful comic performance by Morris Day (whose group, The Time, does "Jungle Love" and "The Bird") as Prince's rival. Day steals every scene in which he appears with a cackling, tongue-in-cheek hubris that is a perfect antidote to Prince's pompous self-importance. Basically a fast-moving, carefully crafted music video, Purple Rain is fun despite its flaws.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
UPC:
0085391157045
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
16,890

Special Features

Commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin; First Avenue: The road to pop royalty - Visit the nightclub where Prince started; Purple Rain backstage pass: Behind the scenes; Riffs, ruffles and a revolution: The impact and influence of Purple Rain; MTV Premiere Party original broadcast; 8 music videos: Let's Go Crazy, Take Me With U, When Doves Crry, I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star, Puple Rain, Jungle Love, The Bird and Sex Shooter; Prince movies trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Prince The Kid
Apollonia Herself
Morris Day Morris
Olga Karlatos Mother
Clarence Williams Father
Jerome Benton Jerome
Billy Sparks Billy Sparks
Claire Gershman Beautiful Babe
David Graham Actor
Time Actor
Kim Upshur Kim
Jill Jones Jill
Charles Huntsberry Chick
Dez Dickerson Dez
Brenda Bennett Brenda
Susan Moonsie Susan
Alan Leeds Stage Hand
Israel Gordon Taste MC
Lisa Coleman Lisa
Jesse Johnson Jesse
Wendy Melvoin Wendy
Paul Peterson Paul

Technical Credits
Albert Magnoli Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Richard Arrington Makeup
Bruce Bisenz Sound/Sound Designer
William Blinn Screenwriter
Bob Cavallo Producer
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Dez Dickerson Songwriter
Steve Fargnoli Producer
Marie France Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Harman Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Jones Stunts
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Ward Preston Production Designer
Prince Songwriter
Joe Ruffalo Producer
Donald Thorin Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Purple Rain
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
38. Chapter 28

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