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Purple Rain
Purple Rain
Actors: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III
Director: Albert Magnoli
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, African American Cinema
R     1997     1hr 51min

Take a richly-human story of survival and triumph, a now soundtrack by the hottest bands around and the startling presence and musicality of rock superstar Prince - the man who lived the music - and you've got what may be ...  more »

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Actors: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Olga Karlatos, Clarence Williams III
Director: Albert Magnoli
Creators: Donald E. Thorin, Albert Magnoli, Joseph Ruffalo, Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, William Blinn
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Musicals, African American Cinema
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/25/1997
Original Release Date: 07/27/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 07/27/1984
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 1hr 51min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 12/23/2022...
The music and club style playing of Prince and Morris Day was the best. The acting was not so especially from the musicians. A must for Prince, Purple and Let's Go Crazy fans!
Bobby T. from GOODYEAR, AZ
Reviewed on 5/29/2019...
Prince is still with us.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michelle A. (mjlj1016) from BUTLER, TN
Reviewed on 10/19/2009...
I loved it. The best movie ever
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Purple Rain 20 years later
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I remember when I recently saw Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back,Jay showed his affinity towards Morris Day and the Time.Then some teenagers called Purple Rain "a crappy 80's movie".Although most of Y generation view Purple Rain like the second coming of Grease 2,Purple Rain rocked back in '84 with people actually dancing in the isles.
This movie finally brought Prince into the mainstream and showed the genius that he was.Although he'd been making records since 1978,he made his mark with such albums as Dirty Mind, Controversy,and 1999(his breakout album with his first top ten hit Little Red Corvette)but only to a limited R&B and underground market.But once Purple Rain hit,things were never the same.The movie also brought Morris Day and The Time to the mainstream which unfortunately they would soon break up to never enjoy the fruits.
The movie is pretty much about a musician called The Kid (Prince) who dreams of making it despite his troubled homelife and a rival band, The Time.The movie has it's fair share of bad acting as well as misogyny ("That ain't Lake Minnitonka")it's the musical numbers as well as Morris Day's comic timing that steals the show.The music still sounds fresh, especially the minimalist When Doves Cry which could even be released today.
Hopefully Warner brothers will release a 20th anniversary edition DVD with loads of extras as well as deleted scenes which were featured in the trailer.And with Prince's comeback in 2004 including his Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction, Grammy performance and tour,it would really be the year of Prince."
Great movie....not so great DVD unfortunately...
M. Gilkey | 07/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Purple Rain and Prince 's (the artist) music, but this DVD was kind of disappointing. The video quality of the transfer looks pretty good for its age, but why isn't there a widescreen version? The production notes that Warner puts on their DVDs are annoying and glare off the TV. Oh, and a trailer. I know this isn't a special edition, but there was so much stuff that could have been used. I guess you get what you pay for though. The movie gets 5 stars, but the DVD gets a 2/5."
Great movie, but the DVD? POOPSTAR!
SpookyChick | in tha' world! | 08/27/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, okay, okay-- only 3 stars for one of the greatest rock movies ever made... but it received very poor DVD treatment. This was one of the highest grossing theatrical releases of 1984. It took everyone by surprise that summer, and made Warner Bros. a LOT of money. So are there any music videos as bonus materials? NO. Are there any interview clips, new or old? NO. Is there any commentary from director or screenwriter? NO. IS THE MOVIE PRESENTED IN WIDESCREEN FORMAT?? Inexplicably, NO!! This was an OSCAR winning film (Best Song Score). Yes, it is relatively inexpensive, but c'mon-- it could have at least been letter boxed!! The only features are some production notes and a trailer. I wouldn't recommend purchasing this, especially if you already own the VHS version. The movie? For what it is, 5 stars. The DVD? 1 star. I split the difference. Hopefully Warner Bros. will wise up and release all four of Prince's films in a deluxe box set."