On July 27, 1984 the movie that would become the cult classic, Purple Rain, was released.

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Prince’s album of the same name was already at the top of the charts when its theatrical accompaniment landed in theaters. Directed by Albert Magnoli, the film which cost nearly seven million to make, racked in a whopping $68 million at the box office. Clearly, Prince was more than just a musical genius. The musical tells the story of The Kid’s (Prince) rise to music fame and his rocky relationship with singer Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero).

The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for the soundtrack, which gave us hits such as “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and the titular track “Purple Rain.” Purple Rain the album is Diamond certified and continues to be a topic of conversation among musicians worldwide.


The world lost a light on April 21, 2016 when Prince passed away in his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota. The globe turned purple as people everywhere mourned his death and celebrated his life.

If you’ve never seen the classic, do yourself a favor and honor the late legend with a trip back to 1984.