• Frys.com #5265357
  • Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
  • UPC #085391157045
  • Model #115704


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    Detailed Description
    (Manufacturer # 115704 )

      Purple Rain, the first starring film for Prince, is the story of an arrogant, young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The dramatic complications include "The Kid's" (Prince) miserable home life, where he suffers the brutalities of his father (well played by Clarence Williams III) and the youth's efforts to win the love of the beautiful Apollonia. Despite the misogynistic undercurrents in Purple Rain, the film's biggest fans were young women. Gorgeously photographed by Donald Thorin, Purple Rain is essentially a glorified music video, highlighted by a catalogue of Prince's hits, including I Would Die 4 U, When Doves Cry and Let's Go Crazy; the score deservedly won an Academy Award and a Grammy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Drama, Romance
    Movie Level Themes
      Ladder to the Top, Musician's Life
    Movie Level Tones
      Quirky, Sexy, Slick, Stylized, Flashy, Atmospheric

    DVD Features

    • Commentary by director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin
    • First Avenue: The road to pop royalty - Visit the nightclub where Prince started
    • Purple Rain backstage pass: Behind the scenes
    • Riffs, ruffles and a revolution: The impact and influence of Purple Rain
    • MTV Premiere Party original broadcast
    • 8 music videos: Let's Go Crazy, Take Me With U, When Doves Crry, I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star, Puple Rain, Jungle Love, The Bird and Sex Shooter
    • Prince movies trailer gallery
    • 1984--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Prince-Nominee
    • 1984--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Prince-Winner
    AMG Rating


      What doesn't matter about this semi-autobiographical musical drama is that it is pretentious, misogynistic, ludicrous, and dumb. What does matter is that it is very entertaining and features an absolutely terrific musical score, one of the few to cop both an Oscar and a Grammy. Prince is the star and performs most of the songs, but the film's highlight is a delightful comic performance by Morris Day (whose group, The Time, does "Jungle Love" and "The Bird") as Prince's rival. Day steals every scene in which he appears with a cackling, tongue-in-cheek hubris that is a perfect antidote to Prince's pompous self-importance. Basically a fast-moving, carefully crafted music video, Purple Rain is fun despite its flaws. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi


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