Purple Rain Movie Review

Purple Rain

When Doves Cry
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Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jill Jones

Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III, Jerome Benton, Billy Sparks, Charles Huntsberry, Dez Dickerson, Brenda Bennett, Susan Moonsie Update Cast

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Prince is the only artist since The Beatles to have a number one movie (Purple Rain), album (it's soundtrack) and single (When Doves Cry) all at the same time! What an accomplishment!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota doesn't sound like a very exciting place, does it?

Wrong! It is a very exciting place, especially if you are an aspiring musician or singer who would like to try their hand at making their dreams a reality at "First Avenue and 7th Street Entry"...

First Avenue is one of, if not the, most famous clubs in Minneapolis, known for it's cutting edge music and sensual performers. It's also the club where the band, The Revolution, performs. The band is headed by the iconoclastic Prince, who backs up the title of his band wearing costumery and hair styles which look like jazzed up versions of the outfits soldiers wore during the Revolutionary war.

Although on the outside stylish Prince, refered to as "The Kid" in the movie, seems to have it all together, his life is falling apart. He's a bi-racial young man from a low income side of town and his father is constantly physically abusing his mother. "The Kid" tries numerous times to fend for his mother, but the arguments only continue.

Aside from his home life, trouble is brewing in his band because he refuses to perform a song penned by his fellow bandmates Lisa and Wendy, titled "Purple Rain". His band seems on the edge of breaking up and other bands, such as The Time headed by Morris Day, are trying to edge themselves in.

Things seem tough in "The Kids" life, but he does have a saving grace. A sexy siren by the name of Apollonia who moved from New Orleans to Minnesota to try to make it big at the club. Prince is immediately attracted to her dark exotic looks, as is everybody else who sees her and starts up a relationship with her.

As the relationship escalates he finds himself falling in love with Apollonia, especially after she pawned her ankle bracelet to buy him the white guitar he'd been eyeing. Afterwards she tells him she's going to be in a band created by Morris from 'The Time', and "The Kid" slaps her across the face, his father has rubbed off on him. He tries to apologize but Apollonia leaves in tears.

Can Prince get Apollonia back? Will there be a happy ending? The only way to find out is to watch this movie which has a killer soundtrack. Songs include: "Let's Go Crazy", "When Doves Cry", "I Would Die 4 U", and much more! Have fun "dancing in the Purple Rain" to this awesome, music-filled 80s movie!

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Purple Rain is truly an 80's classic and definitly one of the greatest movies ever which starred an actual performer. I have a feeling Mariah Carey tried to capture Purple Rain when she made the movie "Glitter", but her film just didn't have the magic that Prince's film had.

I think Prince is a very gifted man who doesn't get half the credit he deserves. A true original, most male musicians would give their right eye to be as talented and as sexy.

What is cooler than Prince during his days with the Revolution? Nothing! Prince is the ultimate!
Umm, maybe guys wont be as interested in Prince's hot body as we girls are? But hey, you guys have got Apollonia!

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Key Crew

Director: Albert Magnoli
Writer: William Blinn, Albert Magnoli
Producers: Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, Joseph Ruffalo
Locations Manager: Kirk Hokanson

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Release Date: 27 Jul 1984
MPAA Rating: R
Studio: Warner Bros.
Production: Purple Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, Water
Genre: Dance / Music

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