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Purple Rain (1984)

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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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Albert Magnoli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Prince ... The Kid
Apollonia Kotero ... Apollonia
Morris Day ... Morris
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Mother
Clarence Williams III ... Father
Jerome Benton Jerome Benton ... Jerome
Billy Sparks Billy Sparks ... Billy
Jill Jones Jill Jones ... Jill
Charles Huntsberry Charles Huntsberry ... Chick
Dez Dickerson Dez Dickerson ... Dez
Brenda Bennett Brenda Bennett ... Brenda
Susan Moonsie Susan Moonsie ... Susan (as Susan)
Sandra Claire Gershman Sandra Claire Gershman ... Beautiful Babe
Kim Upsher Kim Upsher ... Kim
Alan Leeds Alan Leeds ... Stage Hand
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Storyline

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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purple Rain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,766,201, 29 July 1984

Gross USA:

$70,261,052

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,261,906
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original script, The Kid takes Vanity to a barn, and they make love during "When Doves Cry.' Rain patters strongly against the barn, and deep thunder rolls, the lyrical inspiration for the song "Raspberry Beret." The song is found on "Around the World In A Day," which was released after "Purple Rain." See more »

Goofs

The Kid's motorcycle has an automatic transmission. Sometimes when The Kid does crazy bike tricks, the clutch is visible, indicating a stunt rider on a manual bike. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
First Avenue M.C.: Ladies and gentlemen... The Revolution!
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Crazy Credits

Credits roll against a purple background. See more »

Alternate Versions

Network TV versions omit the song "Baby, I'm a Star", and simply have it playing over the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dossier Verhulst: Een nieuwe zet (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I Would Die 4 U
Words and Music by Prince
Performed by Prince and the Revolution
© 1984 Controversy Music
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I love this movie!
19 July 1999 | by Henrik79-2See all my reviews

Ok, so it may not be the award-winning "movie of the year" type-film (apart from the brilliant soundtrack that I think won a few awards), but it is a really great film about 'The Kid' (Prince / O( take your pick) and the happenings around him living in Minneapolis, playing his music. The music is absolutely superb, in my opinion you HAVE to own this soundtrack, it is truly a classic and sums up the eighties sounds and feel in a wonderful fashion. And the movie itself plays out a nice plot, it's worth seeing over and over again, espeically if you like Prince / O (which I do) of course.


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