->''"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life..."''

''Purple Rain'' is a 1984 movie starring Music/{{Prince}}. He plays The Kid, lead singer for Minneapolis rock band The Revolution, and we see him navigate his relationship with the singer Apollonia, [[CallingTheOldManOut deal with family trouble]], and compete against [[OpposingSportsTeam rival band]] The Time.

The film is generally seen as SoBadItsGood, [[BreakawayPopHit but the soundtrack is critically acclaimed.]] It went Diamond (meaning it sold 10 million copies) and is considered to be one of the best albums of all time, as well as Prince's MagnumOpus.

A sequel, ''Graffiti Bridge'', was released in 1990. [[FanonDiscontinuity Most fans like to pretend it never happened]].
!!Tracklist for the soundtrack album:
# "Let's Go Crazy" (4:40)
# "Take Me With U" (3:54)
# "The Beautiful Ones" (5:14)
# "Computer Blue" (3:59)
# "Darling Nikki" (4:14)
# "When Doves Cry" (5:53)
# "I Would Die 4 U" (2:49)
# "Baby I'm a Star" (4:25)
# "[[TitleTrack Purple Rain]]" ([[EpicRocking 8:41]])
!!Purple Tropes:
* TheEighties
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: The song "The Beautiful Ones"
* AutobiographicalRole: At any rate, Prince is playing an AuthorAvatar in a film {{inspired by}} his own life story to that point.
* {{Camp}}: Chock-full of it. There's even a scene with The Kid talking through a hand puppet!
* CoolBike: The Kid tools around on a modded 400A Honda Automatic. As the page image indicates, it certainly fulfills the "cool" part.
* CreatorBreakdown: Invoked. The Kid goes through a lot of this.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The song "Darling Nikki".
* EasilyForgiven: The Kid is a jackass to his band and to his love interest throughout the movie. One awesome ballad later, all is forgiven!
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Kid. Explained (kinda-sorta), in that his father was said to be a talented local musician who was never able to crack the big time, and The Kid is viewed as headed down the same path.
* {{Expy}}: In 2014 Christopher Kirkley took the ''Purple Rain'' story and migrated it to the West African world. ''Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai'',[[note]]literally, "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It" since there's no specific word for "purple" in the Tuareg language[[/note]] originating in Niger, is pretty much ''Purple Rain'' [[RecycledInSpace in the desert]].
* FaceOnTheCover: Prince on a motorcycle, both on the album cover and film poster.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: ''I Would Die 4 U'' fades into ''Baby I'm A Star'', and are performed concurrently in the movie.
* GrayRainOfDepression: The song "Purple Rain".
* {{Jerkass}}: The Kid. Let's see: he treats his band like crap, acts like an asshole to his love interest and generally prances around being an InsufferableGenius. Small wonder people prefer the soundtrack CD...
* JukeboxMusical: It's basically a bunch of musical sequences (it even starts with "Let's Go Crazy" being played) with a {{melodrama}}tic plot in-between.
* KickTheDog: Morris's "How's the family?" after [[spoiler: The Kid's father tries to kill himself]]. Even Morris felt remorseful moments after saying that.
* MomentKiller: [[spoiler:"I'm joining Morris' group."]]Even the music stops playing minutes after this.
* MsFanservice: Apollonia sure spends a lot of time underdressed, or in skin-tight leather, or tiny dresses....
* NonActorVehicle: And given Prince is basically playing himself, it works. The rest of his movie career, on the other hand...
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Prince's character is known as The Kid.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Meta-example. The Kid playing "Darling Nikki" is supposed to be a self-indulgent disaster that leaves the audience cold. Editing magic was needed because the extras were going crazy for it.
* TelevisionGeography: A cab ride from the Greyhound Station to the First Avenue nightclub comes to $37.75, when in reality they're across the street from each other. Particularly weird considering Prince, his band members and the director were Minneapolitans. Probably an inside joke.
* UsefulNotes/TwinCities: The main setting, as CreatorProvincialism.
* WhosOnFirst: "The password is what?"
* YeahShot: The film ends with the Kid climbing atop a row of speakers and dramatically looking over his shoulder at the audience as the screen freezes.