Following the breakaway success off Prince’s album 1999, the singer told his managers he’d only renew their contract if they made him a movie star. Aided by its smash-hit soundtrack, Purple Rain did just that: Prince’s otherworldly charisma, his never-better band and the comic chemistry of The Time’s Morris Day & Jerome Benton brought audiences much more than the expected vanity project, and beneath the film’s silly fictional gleam is a crucial document of the famous First Avenue Club and its adjacent “Minneapolis sound.”
“Like East of Eden replayed as a hyperbolic rock fever dream… the rare pop movie that works the way a great rock & roll song does: It tells a simple, almost elemental tale and uses the music to set it aflame.” – Entertainment Weekly
A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid’s spotlight — and his girl.
“A rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre.” – Variety