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Purple Rain

HD   R Closed Captioning

Albert Magnoli

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About the Movie

Rock star Prince plays a headstrong, vulnerable young musician known as "the kid." He struggles with his own psyche and family pressures of an alcoholic father who beats his mother. He sees his father's madness infecting both his music and his own personal life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 47
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: [Purple Rain] is probably the flashiest album cover ever to be released as a movie. However, like many album covers, Purple Rain, though sometimes arresting to look at, is a cardboard come-on to the record it contains. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Apr 21, 2016

Fresh: A hokey but mesmerizing rock-video psychodrama. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Apr 21, 2016

Fresh: Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary addition to the classic backstage musical genre. – Cynthia Kirk, Variety, Apr 21, 2016

Fresh: 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, Apr 21, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Purify Yourself In Lake Minatonka

Classic 80s flick. Classic performances from Prince & The Revolution and The Time. If you've never seen this, you need to stop everything you are doing and rent it/watch it *right now*

Prince Classic

I loved this movie. It contains some of the greatest Prince tunes ever written. It is a little slow at times, but entertaining none the less. Rent it for the music, not the script. : )


This is a great movie from the 80's. But.....what? Is iTunes only going to allow us to rent movies now? I see no new movies to buy. I think they should give you the or buy. Anyway, good flick.

Purple Rain
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1985

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