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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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Morris Day uses the same dialogue in the song Chili Sauce on the album Ice Cream Castles that he uses with Apollonia in the club scene before Prince sings The Beautiful Ones. See more »

Goofs

When Prince is doing ventriloquism backstage, he's clearly not saying anything. See more »

Quotes

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

"May u live 2 see the dawn" 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 »


Soundtracks

Purple Rain
Words and Music by Prince
Performed by Prince and the Revolution
© 1984 Controversy Music
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A Fun Film
17 August 2001 | by The DoomiteSee all my reviews

When I first saw this video in the video store, I didn't know what to make of it, being from Prince and all. Being an adventurous soul, I rented it anyway. Good decision! From the very first synthesizer-soaked note of "Let's Go Crazy," this movie takes hold of your attention, and doesn't let go until the ending credits. All the music has that '80s new-wave synthesizer sound goin' for it, but hey, it's an '80s movie! Besides, Prince's songs have a timeless quality that cannot be ignored. Some people may have their opinions of the Purple One, and I understand, but as for me, I think he's awesome! The movie as a whole is cool, with great performances by Morris Day and the Time, Apollonia (Sex Shooter) 6, and of course, Prince and The Revolution. Check this one out on a rainy afternoon!


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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:

$70,263,155
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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