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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate Prince Nelson Rogers. Purple Rain is everything you could want from a rock film, and more – it’s sexy, sassy, slick and it captures the young Prince in the raw. Admittedly in terms of story there’s not a lot of sophistication here; it’s almost on a par with one of those films Elvis cranked out by the bucket load. But director Albert Magnoli had the good fortune to capture a electrifying talent at the very moment he is becoming a star (this is the smash hit movie that propelled Prince to the top of the charts).

Prince is “The Kid”, ruffle-shirted lead singer of bar band The Revolution, a know it all and a sexist pig on top, bearing the scars of an abusive home environment. (Worth noting, this was not a reflection of Prince’s own middle class upbringing, even if the movie does give us a vivid impression of the Minneapolis music scene.) Enter Apollonia, an aspiring musician herself, and also potential competition, and also very hot. She thinks he’s hot too, which is just as well, because that makes two of them. He’s also contending with rival Morris Day’s band, The Time, who have it going on and who know how to be professional. The Kid hasn’t got it all down yet. But on stage, The Revolution is coming and, baby, he’s a star..

Purple Rain is not a living room kind of movie. It demands to be experienced in all its awesomely ridiculous glory on the biggest screen, with the biggest speakers and the biggest crowd.

Odie Henderson, rogerebert.com

A hyperbolic rock fever dream… this is 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.

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

A time capsule of style and attitude. It does what musicals are supposed to do: It rides the underlying currents of its moment and renders them glorious.

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Director

Albert Magnoli

Cast

Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day

Credits
Country of Origin

USA

Year

1984

Language

English

19+
111 min

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Tuesday February 14

6:20 pm
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Credits

Producer

Robert Cavallo, Steven Fargnoli, Joseph Ruffalo

Screenwriter

Albert Magnoli, William Blinn

Cinematography

Donald E. Thorin

Editor

Albert Magnoli, Ken Robinson

Original Music

Prince and The Revolution, Michel Colombier

Production Design

Ward Preston

Art Director

Maria Caso

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