1984 – The Prince film “Purple Rain” premieres.
Purple Rain is a 1984 feature film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. Prince stars in this movie, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film was very successful earning nearly US$100 million at the box office.
A sequel titled Graffiti Bridge, was released in 1990.
The movie idea was apparently developed by Prince during his “Triple Threat” tour. Initially the script was to be darker and more coherent. Prince intended to play opposite his girlfriend Vanity until their relationship ended. Her role was initially offered to Jennifer Beals (who turned it down because she wanted to concentrate on college) before going to Apollonia Kotero, a virtual unknown at the time.
Prince plays “The Kid”, an aspiring and talented Minneapolis musician with a difficult home life. He meets a beautiful singer named Apollonia, and they become involved in an untidy romance. The plot centers on Prince trying not to repeat the pattern of his abusive father (Clarence Williams III) and keep his band, The Revolution, and his relationship with his girlfriend, together. His main antagonist is fellow musician Morris Day and his group The Time. Excluding Prince and his on-screen parents, almost every actor in the movie uses his/her actual name for his/her character. cv
Filmed almost entirely in Minneapolis, the film features many local landmarks, including the Crystal Court of the IDS Center (also shown in segments of the opening credits to The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and the legendary First Avenue nightclub. A notable geographic error in the film shows Apollonia running up (and bailing on) a $37.75 cab fare going from the Greyhound Station to the nightclub. In reality, they were just across the street from each other.