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Grafitti Bridge is better than Purple Rain


Ok, most people would bash this film, and it is not even considered a cult favourite. Don't get me wrong. Both movies have a great soundtrack, and Prince was watchable in both movies as The Kid.

I just prefer Grafitti Bridge over Purple Rain any day. I swear I have watched Grafitti Bridge more than Purple Rain.

Maybe it's the astmosphere of Grafitti Bridge. I happen to like dark, chilly allyways and dark settings in general. I also like Prince's look here although his beard was silly.

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Theres different things I loved about both movies...mainly both had the greatest soundtrack although I do hate that Prince always makes it mainly about his songs and no one else (i.e. Purple Rain). You would assume that The Time, Apollonia 6, etc would have had a spot on it but it was all about The Revolution songs. This soundtrack did much better by adding the other artist (perhaps Prince finally grew up). But here is my list to the good/bad points of both films.

Purple Rain
1. It was more realistic to what was really going on in Prince life at the time. He actually started off in the location as a kid. He was really involved (music wise) with Morris Day and the Girls (whom initially should have been his first lead of Vanity but was replaced by Apollonia) but although that occured it stayed true to even the fact that it was really The Time who were the backup for those ladies ~ as shown in the movie. Ironically I thought it was a true story picture until I started seeing other bits n parts that were not true to life such as Prince and Morris hate toward another or that of his Family life.

2. The romance seemed more genuine and believable that him and Apples meet within the music scene and play this whole cat n mouse with one another.

Grafitti Bridge
1. Liked how The Time played this gangsta style and always causing trouble. Except when it was just going overboard ~ like them going after Melody and her having to sing them away. Or them always trying to blow up the location which technically (from what Morris states) is half of theirs. So why try to mess up your own location?

2. Jill Jones coming out of her blonde shell into this brunette. Someone actually had to inform me that it was her cuz I assumed a new actress was on board.

3. The whole storyline with Aura just is the main reason I could not say I like this better than Purple Rain. Just was not believable ~ she's supposed to be some sort of angel coming around to fix things within these two guys but yet she causes more riffs to form between them due to them both wanting her. At least in Purple Rain Apple's made it clear to Morris that she initially wanted just a business deal and she was with The Kid.

Looking back at both movies find it interesting that most of the music video's made for them were just scenes taken from the movie. Guess they figured why spend the extra cash just to make a video. Such in point was The Time's songs for Purple Rain were just scenes taken straight from movie performance and Tevin Cambell's song for this movie was just realised as is into his music video along with Thieves in The Temple by Prince.

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Wow, are you serious? Grafitti Bridge was a terrible terrible movie! I love the soundtrack, but The Purple Rain soundtrack is in a league of it's own. Brilliant soundtrack. I'm not a big fan of Prince's movies in general though. The only one I really liked was "Under The Cherry Moon".

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i got your back there. even on prince.org they bash this movie. i adore this flick and would call it one of my favorite movies of all time!

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I definitely think it's more fun, and because of that more appealing. For me it's more visually appealing as well, in some ways.





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This is a unique film that would only connect with Prince fans, I would assume. While the sets are cheesy and mostly look like sets, I highly doubt Prince was concerned about it - one, because it reflects the innocent, dreamy, uplifting and spiritual overtones of the film (again, a direct reflection of Prince). Two, because Prince filmed it at his own home, Paisley Park. So it has this weird, small, independent feeling - it does not at all feel "Hollywood" like Purple Rain does. Because it's not.

Obviously the film features music and dancing from Prince, but also The Time, Mavis Staple and Tevin Campell. In many ways, it's a much more personal film for Prince than his other two films. For all these reasons, I do like the film.

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