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Purple Rain (movie)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Still reigns at 30

The premier of the Purple Rain movie was held at Graumann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 26 July 1984. The movie then opened at 900 theatres across the US. It is critically acclaimed and went on to gross $68.4 million and was one of the most successful films of 1984 (keeping company with The Terminator, Ghost Busters, Amadeus, Footloose, Beverly Hills Cop, and Indiana Jones 2, no less). The movie’s score won Prince an Oscar for Best Original Score, which he collected on 25 March 1985 in Music Center at the 57th ceremony of the Academy Awards.

The Purple Rain movie was released on VHS on 19 November 1984 and later reissued on DVD on 25 July 1997, then Blu-Ray on 24 July 2007. The sales have been certified Platinum by the RIAA.


The Purple Rain movie is about a young black club musician, the Kid, growing up in Minneapolis and struggling to find success with his band The Revolution, and in the backdrop of the violent breakdown of his parent’s marriage, and finding love with the sexy Apollonia Kotero. The owner of the club, First Avenue, tells the Kid that one act must go. The Revolution compete for their place with rival group, The Time, in their bid for stardom. A gritty film, which is very closely based on the experiences of Prince’s real life.

The DVD features the documentaries:

  1. First Avenue: The Road to Pop Royalty
  2. Purple Rain: Backstage Pass
  3. Riffs, Ruffles and a Revolution: The Impact and Influence of Purple Rain
  4. MTV Premier Party
  5. Eight Music Videos


Albert Magnoli
27 July 1984
Running Time
113 minutes
VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray

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