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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.
- Release Date: July 27, 1984
- Genre: Drama, Musical
- Cast: Prince , Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
- Director: Albert Magnoli
- Producer: Joseph Ruffalo, Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli
- Screenplay: Albert Magnoli, William Blinn
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures