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32 years ago today (July 27th, 1984) Purple Rain opened in US movie theaters! Watch the trailer! 

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“He risked too much for the one thing that meant everything… his music,“ rumbled late voiceover master Don LaFontaine in the teaser for the film. “Prince, the story… the struggle… the movie… Purple Rain.”   Purple Rain is the feature film and acting debut of music icon Prince, co-starring Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III. The film directed by Albert Magnoli, and produced by Robert Cavallo, Stephen Fargnoli and Joseph Ruffalo (Prince’s management team), is the semi autobiographical account of musicians rise to fame. Prince develops ideas for the story prior to and during the “1999 Triple Threat” Tour” (circa 1982 – early 1983). He enlists the help of veteran television and film writer William Blinn (“Eight Is Enough”, “Roots”) and director Magnoli to craft his ideas into the final script. Filmed on a modest budget of only $7 million, it is shot on location in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, CA between November – December 1983. Released through Warner Bros, the film opens on 917 screens across the US. “Purple Rain” tops the box office chart in its first weekend of release, taking in $7,766,201 (knocking “Ghostbusters” from the number one spot), going on…

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It is hard to believe that a month ago today we lost The Purple One, The Artist… Prince.

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I have been immersing myself (whenever I can) in his albums, his films, and his presence. It has been so interesting reading about him. He is fascinating and truly gifted in so many ways. It is such a treat to listen to his music that he blessed us with. Such eclectic, amazing music – from his soul in every way, from him writing and producing, to being able to play every instrument. And his films! I wish he would have done more movies. He didn’t just star in them, but could write and direct. Everyone knows about Purple Rain, but many didn’t know he also starred and directed in Graffiti Bridge and (my personal favorite) the amazing Under the Cherry Moon. What I really love about Prince is his intelligent, polite, playful and funny personality. Such a great sense of humor! I have the same wish as he sings: “I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain…” Love you Prince. Are you looking forward to Sunday’s very public (and somewhat controversial) tribute tomorrow at the Billboard music awards by Madonna? I think Madonna could do a cool tribute. They did collaborate and briefly date in the eighties,…

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Purple Rain (1984): Remembering The Artist Prince 

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Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. The film stars Prince, making his film debut playing a semi-autobiographical character. Purple Rain was developed to showcase his talents and hence contains several extended concert sequences. The film grossed more than US$68 million at the box office. Purple Rain is the only feature film starring Prince that he did not also direct. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, currently the last to receive the award. A semi-sequel, Graffiti Bridge, was released in 1990. [X] Synopsis: A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn’t all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father’s self destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues. [IMDB]

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