Purple Rain

Release Date: June 30th, 1993

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 1997

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Prince , Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Clarence Williams III, Olga Karlatos, Billy Sparks, Jill Jones

Director: Albert Magnoli

Genres: Romance , Musical , Drama

Production Co: Warner Bros., Purple Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Father , 1980s , Rivalry , Quest , Brooding , Mother , Love triangle , Love , Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Sensitive and highly visual, this Albert Magnoli-directed film is an accomplished and sophisticated example of storytelling. Even those who aren’t Prince fans are likely to be captivated by its energy, enamored with its simple, often poignant storyline. show more

  • 75
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    Remarkably, director Albert Magnoli is able to use a single moment of melodrama to give this story a measure of depth. And from that point on, Purple Rain is improbably successful at tugging on the heartstrings as well as shaking the rafters. It winds up a love story, and one with power. [27 July 1984, p.D1]

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Fresh music and silly dialogue - those aspects of Purple Rain haven't changed over the years. [Review of re-release] show more

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Awards

Winner Music (Original Song Score)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture