Purple Rain follows the rivalry between two Minneapolis bands vying for stage time at a downtown nightclub, but really, it follows the legendary little purple Prince and his bad ass antics. Prince plays The Kid, an incredibly talented muso with a turbulent home life; a physically and verbally abusive father, and an emotionally abusive mother. The Kid regularly escapes from home to practice with his band, using his angst to fuel his art. Not sure why there’s a doctor playing keyboard in his backing band The Revolution but NO ARGUING with Prince! A love affair ensues with a new young lady in town (Appollonia), and the bad guys featured are Morris Day and The Times, another entertaining band and an interesting artistic counterpoint to Prince and the Revolution.
Why You Should See This Film
Debates have surely raged in many bar rooms (and perhaps bathhouses) over which Prince career highlight was the best, but his 1984 Purple Rain album is pretty much flawless, and this accompanying film made him a true superstar. Though corny in parts, it features several live performances and plenty of Prince’s inexplicable, undeniable charm. The 5 foot 2 inch musical powerhouse was born and raised in Minneapolis (where this film is set), and his unbridled creativity has resulted in everything from changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol to presaging internet speak (Nothing Compares 2 U).
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- Year: 1984
- Rating: M
- Director: Albert Magnoli
- Cast: Prince
- Duration: 111 minutes
- Language: English