Graffiti Bridge (1990)



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The sequel to Purple Rain, this film follows the conflict between The Kid (Prince) and Morris (Morris Day), as they struggle over the future of a nightclub and the love of an angelic woman (Ingrid Chavez).
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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as The Kid
Morris Day
as Morris Day
Jerome Benton
as Jerome
Mavis Staples
as Melody Cool
T.C. Ellis
as T.C.
Robin Power
as Robin
George Clinton
as Himself
Jill Jones
as Jill
Terry Lewis
as Terry Lewis
Jesse Johnson
as Jesse Johnson
Monique Mannen
as Featured
Levi Seacer Jr.
as Kid's Band
Rosie Gaines
as Kid's Band
Miko Weaver
as Kid's Band
Kirk Johnson
as Kid's Band
Tony Mosley
as Kid's Band
Damon Dickson
as Kid's Band
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Critic Reviews for Graffiti Bridge

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

Prince follows his disastrous Under the Cherry Moon with another lame film.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune
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With his doe eyes, sensitive face and amazing openness, he might even have the makings of a whole new kind of movie star. But if Prince is ever going to be that, he must find some decent behind-the-camera collaborators.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Orlando Sentinel
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Technically, the film is a compendium of stale MTV gimmicks -- dry ice, stylized sets. It's a neo-Expressionist tempest in a teapot.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Seattle Times
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The movie suffers from various technical difficulties -- like choppy editing and songs that get cut off mid-groove -- and in the end everything collapses in a heap.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune
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If, as has been reported, Graffiti Bridge is Prince's homage to the heyday of Hollywood musicals, he should have hired a director who looks at film as more than an extended music video.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Prince has had his follies, but never has he been associated with an album or film as lackluster as this one.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Graffiti Bridge

About 22 minutes into this, characters IN THE MOVIE starts walking out. Reminds me, that a friend of mine saw this in the theatre. He saw a dude sneak in to see it. Then saw him sneak back out. There's a legend that says Prince suffered from a bad Ecstasy trip back in 1988, which caused him to see devils chasing him. This prompted the last minute shelving of The Black Album, and the quick assemblage of it's replacement, Lovesexy. It's clear that he continued to work through his acquired demons even two years later, with '89's Batman soundtrack ignoring the movie and documenting his own spiral into insanity which brings us to this... this... work of therapy. The following decade would find him killing off Prince to become a symbol, so that he could learn to become Prince once again.

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

Graffiti Bridge, the follow up to Purple Rain is written and directed by Prince and comes off like an extended music video than a film. The songs are strunged together to a horrible plot and seriously bad acting. Prince once again plays Kid, co-owner of Gland Slam club along with his music rival Morris Day(whos buffoon act along with Jerome Benton was great in the first one is now irritating here.)He meets an angel-like woman named Aura(Ingrid Chavez, who makes Apollonia look like Meryl Streep.) Purple Rain was not a great film, what it lacked in story and acting made up with energy of Prince's stage performances and style, this film lacks the energy as Prince performs on stage the backup dancers are a hindrance rather then compliment him. They look like video rejects of MC Hammer and Bobby Brown and other artists of the day. Too add to the cheapness of it all is the fact its film entirely at Paisley Park studios, so the scenes at the bridge and the streets outside the clubs look incredibly fake. Kim Basinger(his then girlfriend.)turned down the role of the Kid's girlfriend. Basinger has made some questionable career choices but she wisely avoided this disaster. A swan song for Prince's film career

Orlando Diaz
Orlando Diaz

This film was definitely one of Prince's weirder trips captured on film. I loved the soundtrack when it came out and the music is great. The acting however, left a lot to be desired. Watchable if you're a big Prince fan (I am) but otherwise this sequel to "Purple Rain" ends up sleeping under a bridge.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

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