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"Purple Rain" Feature Film Premiere

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Prince's Purple Rain premiered in theaters June 25th, 1984. The film stars Prince in his acting debut playing "The Kid", a character which was based in part on Prince himself. The film was developed to showcase Prince's talents, and contains several concert sequences.

The film was budgeted at a mere $7.2 million and ultimately grossed more than $68 million at the box office in the United States and over $80 million worldwide, and also won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score.

Purple Rain is also the sixth studio album by American singer, songwriter, producer, and musician which was released on June 25 1984 by Warner Bros. Records. It is the first to feature the billing of his band the Revolution, and is the soundtrack of the film.

Here is the original theatrical trailer:

Originally, prince intended to cast Vanity, leader of the girl group Vanity 6, but she left the group before filming began. 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.

Probably the most memorable moments from the film are the songs from the soundtrack. Here is the official video for "Let's Go Crazy":

Ten Things You Never Knew About Purple Rain:

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