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Purple Rain

Purple Rain

4.3 12
Director: Albert Magnoli

Cast: 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 win


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.

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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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Warner Home Video
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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

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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Purple Rain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good movie.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Purple Rain is one of my favorite movies. Prince did an excellent job in his first motion picture. Not only do I love the movie, but this film is fill with music, drama, romance, and comedy. Apollonia Kotero who plays the Kid love interest is so beautiful, and I fell in love with her. Morris Day and Jerome Benton did their best Abbott and Costello like scene which Morris tells Jerome that if he sees Apollonia, he gives him a password which is WHAT. My favorite songs in the movie are Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, Take Me With U, and of course, the title track Purple Rain.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Purple Rain ah Prince the Legend a movie that has got to be the very best Prince at his best performance you can't beat Purple Rain its got Jungle Love ohh ohh ohh i think i wanna know ya my jungle love and the song i would die 4 you love that song oh Purple Rain!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prince is the almighty Purple one! He is excellent in this romantic musical. I loved every second of it. The movie shows the emotional and hostile side of Prince. I felt as if I was in the club during "Purple Rain". I actually started crying. His best movie despite all the critics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is soooo 80’s and watching this last night had me dying while bringing back some fond memories. This semi-biographical tale of Prince's struggling to make it in the music industry is hit and miss throughout. For those who haven’t already seen this the film is really nothing more than a feature-length music video marking Prince's acting debut he is essentially playing himself here, and is surprisingly charming. Prince is no actor...he mumbles his lines and resorts to melodrama in serious scenes...but his performance truly conveys a great deal of pain and conflict. For a musician in his first role, he is actually quite good. Morris Day is a virtual scene-stealer the "Time" leader plays, who else, Morris Day and his performance is inspired and funny. Prince's then-band mates Wendy and Lisa also shine as well as Apollonia who is adequate as The Kid's love interest. Clarence Williams III ("The Mod Squad") gives the best performance here as The Kid's father his rage, confusion, and guilt truly come through in a brilliant performance, and his role should have been bigger. "Purple Rain" is certainly an ego trip for its star. But Prince certainly deserves to have a big head because the music in "Purple Rain" is nothing less than awe-inspiring. He deservedly won an Oscar for his score, and the excitement of his live shows are truly on display here. The Time is also fun to watch "Purple Rain" includes their performances of two of their biggest hits, "The Bird" and "Jungle Love." "Purple Rain" is not without its imperfection. The film doesn't fully investigate The Kid's home life with the exception of a few throwaway scenes. Despite the charms of most of the performers, the acting is amateurish and often laughable. Despite its shortcomings, "Purple Rain" is a modern classic, the quintessential 80's picture. If you get a chance, rent or buy this DVD, the quality is great and the music is even better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The purple rain movie was very good. I really love the songs and prince in the movie was very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I rented this movie with some friends, I really began watching it thinking, Its just another artist who wanted to be a movie star. But, the truth is, Prince CAN do anything. He's one of the greatest artists of all time, and also an excellent actor. Purple Rain, was an amazing film that I would recommend to anyone.
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Watch Prince have Hissy fits and do wierd things (oh yea he does, just watch) He is the top attraction at a popular Nightclub in Minneapolis where I am sure Jesse Ventura went to have a few beers in his time,. His competition, MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME, One lesson to learn Ladies, If 2 clowns aproach you in an old 69 Yellow Cadillac??? and say that they can give you a good career, trust me that they dont have 2 nickels to rub together, and be sure that they are probably the telemarketers who are annoying you at this very minute. I would have more trust in some dude in a gray Ford pickup. Anyway, I didnt mean to get away from the moive, Enter Appolonia Kotera, the apple of Princes eye and also for that matter Morris Days, You will see the abusive home life that Prince has to endure but you will see him fight his way back to the top. The best action film since rocky