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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie Purple Rain

The 1984 film Purple Rain appears to encapsulate everything about Prince, yet it came out near the beginning of his reign at the top of the music charts. The story is somewhat autobiographical, but Prince never let us know exactly how close it was to his real life. How like him. If your memories of the first time you saw Purple Rain are as vivid as mine, you'll want to read more about the making of the movie.  

9. The symbol Prince changed his name to is found in a couple of different locations.

It can be found printed on the gas tank of his bike and on an overpass that he rides under during the movie.

8. There were only three professional actors in the cast.

Everyone else was an unknown at that point or had come without a great deal of credentials to their name.

There's more about Purple Rain at TVOM.


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Purple Rain was my introduction to the '80s, after spending a few years apprenticing in radio in the Kentucky backwoods. My new station in a decent-sized city sponsored opening night for the movie Purple Rain, and it was some party!
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I'll always remember when the album Purple Rain arrived at the radio station where I was a DJ back then. It was clear purple vinyl--very cool. The Program Director and I previewed it and found backwards messages also cool. When I dropped the needle of "Let's Go Crazy" I was treated to Prince doing his best Jimi Hendrix work.
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