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Purple Rain
USA 1984
Directed by Albert Magnoli
Running time 111 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
David Michael Brown
4 stars

In the early 80s Prince Nelson Rogers produced a succession of albums that enjoyed critical success but somehow never quite hit big; Prince, Dirty Mind and Controversy all featured the rock-edged funkiness that he is renowned for but lacked that certain spark to send him to the big league. 1999 pushed him closer but no one could have foreseen the huge hit that Purple Rain, both the film and album, was to become. DMB

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