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421 Ratings

Purple Rain

Directed by Albert Magnoli
United States, 1984
Musical, Drama, Romance


Rock star Prince plays a headstrong, vulnerable young musician known as “the kid.” He struggles with his own psyche and family pressures of an alcoholic father who beats his mother. He sees his father’s madness infecting both his music and his own personal life.

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Purple Rain Directed by Albert Magnoli

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1985 | Winner: Best Music, Original Song Score

Golden Globes (USA)

1985 | Nominee: Best Original Song - Motion Picture

National Film Preservation Board

2019 | Winner: National Film Registry

Perhaps too singular and powerful a presence to excel in films in which he wasn’t the star, Prince left us with a filmography that is short and bittersweet. The film encapsulates the transcendent, spiritual side to his music, but also its undertow of violence and insouciant sexuality.
April 22, 2016
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for all its over-seriousness and overt silliness, all that really needs to be said about the 90 minutes draped so lovingly between those performance set pieces, is that it is still so much better than it ever had to be. Any film featuring the entirety of this album is already awesome by default, but Purple Rain is a better movie written for a song than most songs written for a movie.
December 17, 2010
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Unbearably campy in its daytime scenes and nearly sublime in the nighttime sequences (Donald Thorin, who shot this, was also the cinematographer on the greatest of all Night Movies, THIEF), PURPLE RAIN, Prince’s Albert Magnoli-directed Minneapolis Sound creation myth/excuse-for-concert-footage forms a strange counterpart to UNDER THE CHERRY MOON…
August 13, 2010
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