I just finished watching “Purple Rain” for the first time …WOW

Pretty much everyone involved in this film & album has gone onto great things. Prince is a powerhouse in the music industry and at the time was at his creative peak.

This film centers around Prince and his story but is stretched out into an 80’s funk/pop filled musical drama that captures the music revolution that was taking place at the time. Not a film for everyone, but I enjoyed it immensely. I think I liked it because it was a time when it was safe to be strange, and music was exciting — Prince let it be:

Purple Rain is a 1984 musical film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. Prince stars in this movie, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film earned US$68.4 million (2009 dollars US$140,017,340) at the box office and became an instant cult classic.

Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin

“The Kid” (Prince) is an aspiring and talented, but troubled Minneapolis musician with a difficult home life. He meets a singer named Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero), and they become involved in an untidy romance.

Prince is trying not to repeat the pattern of his abusive alcoholic father; played by Clarence Williams III (famous at the time for his role as Lincoln Hayes on The Mod Squad); and keep his band, The Revolution, and his relationship with Apollonia, together. His main antagonist is fellow musician Morris Day and his group The Time.

I bet you want this

The music and talent behind it all make this film truly amazing. Go get it! It is packed with loads of great special features such as 80s interviews and rare Prince music videos.

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~ by Fionnlagh on November 6, 2009.

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