is a 1984 movie starring Prince
. He plays The Kid, lead singer for Minneapolis rock band The Revolution, and we see him navigate his relationship with the singer Apollonia, deal with family trouble
, and compete against rival band
The soundtrack went on to become a massive pop hit.
A sequel, Graffiti Bridge
, was released in 1990. Most fans like to pretend it never happened
This film provides examples of:
- Anguished Declaration of Love: The song "The Beautiful Ones"
- Autobiographical Role: At any rate, Prince is playing an Author Avatar in a film Inspired By his own life story to that point.
- Creator Breakdown: The Kid goes through a lot of this.
- Cool Bike: The Kid tools around on a modded 400A Honda Automatic. As the page image indicates, it certainly fulfills the "cool" part.
- The Danza: Everyone except The Kid and his mother and father.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The song "Darling Nikki".
- Easily Forgiven: The Kid is a jackass to his band and to his love interest thrughout the movie. One awesome ballad laternote , all is forgiven!
- The Eighties
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: 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.
- Face on the Cover: Prince on a motorcycle, both on the album cover and film poster.
- Fanservice: Apollonia sure spends a lot of time underdressed, or in skin-tight leather, or tiny dresses....
- Gray Rain of Depression: The song "Purple Rain".
- Jerk Ass: 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 Insufferable Genius. Small wonder people prefer the soundtrack CD...
- Jukebox Musical
- Kick the Dog: Morris's "How's the family?" after The Kid's father tries to kill himself.
- Even Morris felt remorseful moments after saying that.
- Moment Killer: "I'm joining Morris' group."
- Non-Actor Vehicle
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Prince's character is known as The Kid.
- Springtime for Hitler: 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.
- Television Geography: 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.
- Twin Cities
- Who's on First?: "The password is what?"
- "YEAH!" Shot: 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.
"TAKE ME AWAY!