PURPLE RAIN (35mm)
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Prince plays “The Kid,” a young musician from Minneapolis tormented by his troubled home life; his physically abusive father and a verbally and emotionally abusive mother cause him to act out. The frontman of the band, The Revolution, the Kid constantly rehearses his own music during the day. Each night, he performs at the First Avenue nightclub alongside his rival, Morris Day and his group The Time. His bandmates, guitarist Wendy and keyboardist Lisa, are frustrated by the Kid’s rigidness and aversion to their compositions. Eventually, Morris turns the Kid’s bandmates and girlfriend, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero), against him to form an all-woman band. At first, this brings out the worst in the Kid, who emulates his parents’ abusive behavior towards Apollonia. He must work through his issues and find a way to compromise, make peace with his life situation, play his music from the heart and soul, and redeem himself. Purple Rain is written by Albert Magnoli and William Blinn, and directed by Magnoli.
Purple Rain grossed $68,392,977 at the domestic box office in the United States, and over $80,000,000 worldwide, on only a $7,200,00 budget. The Oscar-winning soundtrack also won the Grammy for Best Album of Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special, and Prince also won a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The album would become known as Prince’s masterpiece. Rolling Stone magazine ranks it at Number 76 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, and Number 2 on its 100 Best Albums of The 80s list behind The Clash’s London Calling.
1984. USA. 111 min. A Warner Bros. release.
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