Directed by Albert Mognoli (USA, 1984, 111 min.). Digital.

Powered by Prince’s charisma and style, Purple Rain exploded onto the scene in 1984, becoming an immediate cult classic after it snagged an Oscar for Best Original Score. The film follows a Minneapolis musician called The Kid (Prince, in a quasi-autobiographical role), who escapes his tumultuous home life by hitting it big with his band, The Revolution. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid's spotlight—and his girl.

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