Purple Rain (1984) from Tuna

Purple Rain (1984) was requested by a longtime reader. 
I saw this film when it was first released on VHS, and was not overly impressed. I appreciated it much more this time. It is essentially a 111 minute rock video featuring Prince, with Apollonia Kotero as his love interest. 


Apollonia shows her breasts in a skinny-dipping scene, and shows major cleavage and legs that go all the way up in many of her costumes

DVD info from Amazon.

  • no widescreen

  • no meaningful features

  • The DVD  transfer is a little weak, but it is definitely colorful

While the film never strays far from the rock video format, it does manage to tell a coherent story. Apollonia comes to town to break into the music business. Prince is a talented guy whose career is being held back by personal problems and ego. They immediately fall for each other, but it is nearly not enough. Prince seems doomed to repeat all of his father's mistakes, including blowing a music career, and being abusive to his mate. When his father puts a gun to his head, Prince figures out that another path might be better.

The film won an Oscar for Best Original score. Indeed, if this is your music, you will like this film. Even if it isn't, it is not without merit, and was quite daring for 1984.  

The Critics Vote

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 5.4 
  • With their dollars ... has taken in $32 million in rental income over the years!
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C+.

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