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      Purple Rain

      R Released Jul 27, 1984 1 hr. 51 min. Musical Drama Romance List
      72% 57 Reviews Tomatometer 78% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 05 Buy Now

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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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      Kimberlee Best concert movie and artist of our time. Happy Birthday Prince! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/08/23 Full Review RarnChild First time I've seen this movie - I was busy having babies in the mid-80s. Prince was amazing - I think his death hit me harder than any other celebrity. I enjoyed this movie so much. I'm so glad I got to see it on the big screen. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/03/22 Full Review James H Prince rocks in his film debut as the kid with an oscar winning soundtrack Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/24 Full Review Valerie This movie resonates with me more than any other movie, probably because of the circumstances under which I saw the movie for the first time. I was with Rick James, Prince's nemesis. You see, Rick had a competitive thing with Prince... they would show up at each other's concerts... and try to one up each other. Rick really had a jealousy toward Prince (not sure why). Unbeknownst to Rick, I was, and had been a huge!!!! Prince fan! And here I was, on my way to Westwood Theatres with Rick to see Purple Rain! And, it didn't disappoint. I was in awe! I loved the music, The movie only solidified my love for Prince and his music. After, back at the hotel, Rick and his entourage all talked about the movie they were going to write... which never transpired. And now here I sit, some 40 years later... this movie just came on, and it all took me back to that day! It still holds up for me; its artsy, and so so so Prince! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/22/23 Full Review Koi P It is fresh, artistic, and Prince. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/24 Full Review Pear talks Its alright, not that great but the soundtrack is great of course with Purple Rain being one of the greatest albums of all time. Prince is a decent actor Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Eric Deggans NPR Purple Rain became a generational manifesto, while providing the largest megaphone yet for one of the greatest geniuses in pop music. Nov 28, 2019 Full Review Duane Byrge Hollywood Reporter Even those who aren't Prince fans are likely to be captivated by its energy, enamored with its simple, often poignant storyline. Aug 7, 2018 Full Review Gary Arnold Washington Post 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. Apr 23, 2018 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …a good example of how talent can flatter to deceive… Rated: 3/5 Jun 17, 2023 Full Review Rachel Wagner rachelsreviews.net I recommend it as a piece of 80s pop culture with some great music and corny romance. At the very least check out the soundtrack. It's legendary! Rated: 7/10 Sep 16, 2022 Full Review Sean Collier Box Office Prophets Not much about Purple Rain should work - and yet everything does. Rated: 9/10 Sep 28, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Albert Magnoli
      Screenwriter
      Albert Magnoli, William Blinn
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Purple Films, Warner Bros.
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Musical, Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 27, 1984, Wide
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Apr 22, 2016
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 15, 2008
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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