Purple Rain 1984

Purple Rain

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Purple Rain makes for undeniably uneven cinema, but it's held together by its star's singular charisma -- not to mention a slew of classic songs.

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A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.

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Prince
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Albert Magnoli
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William Blinn
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Michel Colombier
Original Music
John L. Nelson
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Prince
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Donald E. Thorin
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Critic Reviews for Purple Rain

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (17)

  • Purple Rain became a generational manifesto, while providing the largest megaphone yet for one of the greatest geniuses in pop music.

    November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Eric Deggans

    NPR
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  • Even those who aren't Prince fans are likely to be captivated by its energy, enamored with its simple, often poignant storyline.

    August 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Catharsis on the cheap; there's no reason to accept the pretense that the hero has suffered much and changed for the better unless you're predisposed to get swoony over Prince himself.

    April 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.

    April 21, 2016 | Full Review…

    Cynthia Kirk

    Variety
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  • Prince's 1984 movie debut seems more like his deification, with an aggressively stupid plot line that serves only to set him up as a paragon of artistic integrity, sexual prowess, and superhuman sensitivity.

    April 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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  • Jul 17, 2014
    Along with Rattle and Hum, this was the movie to see heading into high school and everyone saw it other than myself. Finally I gave it a go and I regretted it. Prince is terrible. Everyone is terrible. Only someone in grade 8 would see anything really poignant. Maybe that is why it was so popular at the time.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2013
    Purple Rain is a surprisingly average musical drama starring Prince. I had heard countless things about this film, and I finally checked it out. Well, it's not a great film by any means, and the film is more famous for its soundtrack, which is quite good. The film has its fair share of faults, but manages to be entertaining due to an interesting performance from Prince. I enjoyed the film, but I felt it could have been better. The songs are obviously the standout aspect about the film, and the plot is a bit cliché as it's something we've seen many times before. Those interested in this genre of film will surely enjoy this one; others will find it not quite enjoyable. By today's standards it's quite dated, but it is a far better film than the remake of Hairspray and Rock of Ages. Some elements on-screen work well, but others don't and you clearly see where the film fails. Purple Rain should have been a great dramatic musical, but it only touches the surface in many ways. In the end, you are left wanting more than just a good soundtrack. Prince has done some stellar work in terms of music, but as an actor, he just isn't cut out for it. At least the songs he has written for the film are memorable, and that's the main reason to see this film. I'm not normally one to enjoy this type of music, I'm more into Heavy metal, but the tunes here are timeless and it is fun to see Prince perform them. The plot could have been reworked a bit as well, but overall this is a good film to watch when you have nothing else better to do.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2010
    This movie is about the music and watching Prince perform.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2009
    Purple Rain: the tale of his royal badness' upbringing in the mean streets of Paisley Park Minnesota. What dangers await the Purple One? Will he succeed in outfunking the dreaded Morris Day? Will Apollonia ever learn what it truly means 2 purify hrself in the waters of lake Minnetonka? Is the water warm enough 4 Wendy and Lisa? Who's the weird doctor guy on keyboards? FIND OUT all these answers and MORE in Prince's Purple Rain!
    Brett W Super Reviewer

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