Purple Rain (1984)

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Critic Consensus: 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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The Kid 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 father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with singer, Apollonia. But, another musician, Morris, looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
Directed By: Albert Magnoli
Written By: Albert Magnoli , William Blinn
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast

Prince
as The Kid
Morris Day
as Morris
Claire Gershman
as Beautiful Babe
Alan Leeds
as Stage Hand
Israel Gordon
as Taste MC
Apollonia
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Purple Rain

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (7)

Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.

Full Review… | April 21, 2016
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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2016
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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It's probably best to think of the film as an extended music video, a watershed moment for movie sound tracks, and not much more.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Arizona Republic
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

[The plot] is all no more than fancy padding around the film's heart, which only starts to really pump when Prince is up on stage: a teasing, hot amalgam of Marc Bolan, Nijinsky and the Scarlet Pimpernel, as electric as his guitar.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Purple Rain

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 roy
Alex roy
½

Obviously the music and watching Prince perform it is the only good thing about the film. Update: Prince's live performances are legendary, "Computer Blue" is sick

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Classic stuff.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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