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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: Drama, Romance, Musical

Production Co: Warner Bros., Purple Films

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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]

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

  • Magnoli’s professional, downright neorealistic approach to filming the concert clips almost disguises how audacious a structural conceit is the film’s climax: nearly a half-hour of musical numbers that render the solipsism of Prince’s vanity project entirely justifiable. show more

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