7 Fun Facts About the Movie ‘Purple Rain’

October 11, 2018admin

There’s never a wrong time for a tribute to the late, great, funkmaster himself: Prince. Over 34 years ago, his crowning cinematic jewel, Purple Rain was released and our hips were never the same. In honor of South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center‘s Backyard Bash on Saturday, October 20th, we’re giving you some insight into the 80s funk opera hit. In case you didn’t know, they’re bringing Purple Rain’s very own nemesis, Morris Day and The Time as this year’s headliner, so here we go:

How it Got ‘Purple Rain.’

It’s well known that Prince handed the director about 100 songs to choose from for the film. But actually, the title track wasn’t among them. It wasn’t until Magnoli heard Prince perform the song live that he loved it and the rest is history.

‘Purple Rain’ Could’ve Gone ‘Flashdance.’

Jennifer Beals, known for her leotard and leg warmer-dancing, was originally pegged as Apollonia. She chose to go to Yale instead (graduating in ’87), and was replaced by Apollonia Kotero.

‘Dreams’ Don’t Always Come True.

Due in part to not yet hearing the title track, the film was originally to be called Dreams. William Blinn, executive producer of the TV series Fame, wrote the first draft of the script.

Part Are Autobiographical.

Some scenes and dialogues in the film come straight out of Prince’s own life. For example, the scene where his father tells him to never get married was an actual conversation he had with his own dad.

Photo by Greensboro.


The Cast Took Rigorous Dance Classes.

Prince himself made enrolling in dance and acting classes required particularly for the band members of The Revolution and Morris Day and the Time. It’s rumored that the classes with The Minnesota Dance Theatre were mostly to get them in shape.

Prince Was a Contributing Writer.

According to cast and crew, some scenes weren’t “popping” enough for Prince, so he would stop filming and re-write the dialogue himself.

The Movie Proved Everyone Wrong.

At the time of pre-screening, studio executives thought it was a total mess and destined for commercial failure. They originally planned to only show it in 200 theaters nationwide. When music producer, Robert Cavallo secretly invited critics from Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek to a screening, their raving reviews changed the production house’s mind. They then opened it up to 900 theaters and made $68.4 million.

If you’re a true fan of the epic film like we are, make sure not to miss Morris Day and the Time on Saturday, October 20th! The special SMDCAC treat is sure to be a dance party of the ages. Get your tickets here.

Cover photo by Tunefind.