Purple Rain

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A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.


  • Prince
  • Apollonia Kotero
  • Morris Day
  • Olga Karlatos
  • Clarence Williams III
  • Jerome Benton
  • Billy Sparks
  • Jill Jones
  • Charles Huntsberry
  • Dez Dickerson

Did You Know?


  • Purple Rain was shopped around to numerous production companies, including Indigo Films, which was owned by Jim Brown and Richard Pryor. Brown himself expressed his disappointment about not acquiring the project in the Spike Lee documentary Jim Brown: All American (2002).
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  • The note card application Apollonia fills out in the first club scene lists her experience as "Singer & Dancer." When it's posted on the board in later scenes, that section is blank.
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    • Morris: Your lips would make a lollipop too happy.
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5.0 out of 5
Verified Review

Awesome to see Purple Rain again on the big screen. Definitely found myself tearing up during the last concert segment, thinking of the genius otherworldly being, Prince, leaving this earthly plane way too soon. Best movie soundtrack out of the 80’s and one of the best of all time.

melanie S



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.

Metacritic review by Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter

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]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

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

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle