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Rock star Prince makes a spectacular feature film debut in this highly autobiographical blockbuster that won both an Oscar and a Grammy award. Headstrong, vulnerable young musician, The Kid (Prince) struggles with his own inner demons and with his alcoholic father who beats his mother. But the madness infects his music, fueling a sound that transforms the struggling, young rocker into a star.
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Critics Consensus: Purple Rain makes for undeniably uneven cinema, but it's held together by its star's singular charisma -- not to mention a slew of classic songs.
Rock star Prince makes an impressive feature film debut in Purple Rain, a rousing contemporary add...
June 25, 2017
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Prince's rock musical-drama has lots of sex, profanity.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Purple Rain is a 1984 semiautobiographical semi-concert film that now serves as a time capsule tribute to the late pop star Prince. The era is one of costumed excess -- big shoulders, big hair, and androgynous men in eye makeup, tight pants, and high heels -- and unabashed sexual references. Female guitarists wear lace garters on stage. Prince performs sweaty and shirtless. On-stage dances include sexually suggestive moves and an instance of simulated oral sex. Naked breasts are shown, and a couple engages in clothed foreplay with suggested intercourse. The back story features the cycle of domestic violence and its effects on the next generation. A violent and depressed character attempts suicide offscreen. Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "faggot," and "ass."
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- Release Date:July 27, 1984
- Audio Format:5.1
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