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Graffiti Bridge (2004)

Prince , Morris Day , Prince  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Prince, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Ingrid Chavez, The Time
  • Directors: Prince
  • Writers: Prince
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CTSUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Graffiti Bridge" on IMDb

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A sort of fairy-tale sequel to Prince's enormously successful Purple Rain, 1990's Graffiti Bridge finds his purple highness not only singing and acting, but writing and directing, too. His performance suffers on all fronts. The film isn't a disaster, but it's safe to predict completist fans will make up most of its viewers. In the earlier film, Prince (known as the Kid) was fighting for his place on stage. This time he's fighting to keep his club safe from the money-grubbing hands of his musical rival, the Time's Morris Day, now a nightclub mogul. Day embodies spiritual, sexual, and economic corruption, while the Kid stands for salvation through music and a more redemptive form of lust.

The graffiti bridge conceit--a metaphor for a place of rejuvenation and artistic inspiration--is intriguing. Unfortunately, the bridge itself is merely a prop in a Paisley Park soundstage. Where Purple Rain was a movie that set new standards for lensing musical performances, Graffiti Bridge feels like a music video masquerading as a movie. Lucky for us, Prince cast the honey-voiced poet and performer Ingrid Chavez as Aura, part muse and part angel to both Day and the Kid. Her beauty and charisma ignite every frame she graces. --Michael Mikesell

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Prince, Mavis Staples. Prince returns as The Kid" and he and Morris Day struggle for control over a hot nightclub they co-own, and also for the affections of an angelic woman. 1990/color/90 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lay down your funky weapons ... August 14, 2004
Format:DVD
GRAFFITI BRIDGE was originally conceived as a movie for Kim Basinger and Prince, but they broke up before it went into production. Then Prince thought he would make a movie centered on THE TIME, but Warner Brothers demanded that it be a sequel to PURPLE RAIN. They filmed it all on sets to avoid the Minnesota weather, and also because Prince wanted to create a true 1950s musical feeling. It's about the Kid and Morris squaring off against each other on how a club they share ownership should be run. A mysterious woman enters both their lives (Aura - Ingrid Chavez), and she becomes the catalyst for them to both change in spiritual ways.

The DVD is fine - almost a direct port of the laserdisc print. It's a little grainy at times, and sometimes the soundtrack seems off ... but overall you get a nice package with the movie and the music videos. Watch GRAFFITI BRIDGE for the music scenes first and foremost -- that's where all the passion is.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be a Prince Fan Before You Watch this January 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great video, although you need to watch it at least twice to understand Prince's message. As the unofficial sequel to Purple Rain, it has many flaws, namely poor sound quality on the soundtrack, and a few annoying spiritual overtones. Obviously inspired much by John Lennon, with a Yoko Ono personality who plays Prince's "girl", this movie is a MUST for Prince fans. The soundtrack is brilliant, so get the cd if nothing else. The plot is quite simple, but is made unneccarily complicated at times. If you liked Purple Rain, you must get this video, but be sure to see Purple Rain first!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure June 23, 2005
Format:DVD
Graffiti Bridge was largely ignored on its release in the fall of 1990. And it's not hard to see why: It's horribly edited, rather horribly acted, and it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Even die-hard Prince fans--myself among them--had a hard time supporting this one.

The main problem is probably that Warner Bros. wanted a sequel to the mega-hit Purple Rain. Prince apparently didn't want to make a sequel, but a fifties-style true musical. Unfortunately, a linear sequel to Purple Rain and a fifties-style musical just can't co-exist in the same film. Sure, it's got Prince as the Kid, Morris Day & Co., and a handful of references to the previous film. But people break into song whether or not they're on stage, and (in the aforementioned horrible editing) the sounds don't always match the performers' movements. The worst example of this is in Clinton's Club, when funky ol' George Clinton is singing "We Can Funk"...the song is a duet with Prince on the soundtrack album, and you can HEAR Prince singing in the scene, but he's nowhere to be found. And speaking of the soundtrack, some of the best cuts on the disc (released a good 6 months prior to the film's release) don't even appear in the film.

So why do I even give it a generous 3 stars? Well, I guess the thing kind of grows on ya after awhile. It's all pretty lightweight stuff, despite Prince's patented pseudo-Christian imagery. And the music that did make the cut is quite good, though Purple Rain fanatics will balk at the "new jack" sound that was all the rage in 1990.

In short, this isn't going to win Prince any new fans. But for those of us who still believe the Purple Wonder is about the best thing out there, Graffiti Bridge is a playful little curiosity that, in the end, really isn't so bad.

Oh, and it's nice to have the 4 music videos, especially a rare live version of "The Question of U."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Non-Prince fans need not apply August 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is almost not a movie. What I mean is, it plays like a bunch of music videos with tidbits of plot thrown in between.
If you're reading this, I take it you have an interest in Prince... or at least Morris Day and the Time. The soundtrack CD is really great, and if you really spend enough time listening to it, it kind of paints it's own picture in your mind. I don't know if that sounds crazy, but I bought the CD when it came out-- a couple months before the release of the movie. The music is so detailed and vivid, I imagined what the movie would be like. Ultimately I was dissapointed with how it actually turned out...
"Purple Rain" towers above this movie, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that it (purple rain) had a screenwriter and director separate from Prince. With "Graffiti Bridge", Prince bit off more than he could chew by writing/directing/starring. I think there were some good ideas here that definitely needed some shaping.
Morris Day is the scene-stealer, as he was in "Purple Rain", though again I'm not so sure Prince wrote him as strong a part as he deserved. This movie is a semi-sequel to "Purple Rain"-- which was a bad idea. "Purple Rain" had a realistic feel to it. "Graffiti Bridge" has a slightly surreal feel. Plus, unlike "Purple Rain", it was shot almost entirely on soundstages-- resulting in a very set-bound, manufactured atmosphere.
In closing, if you're a Prince fan check it out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look May 14, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Not quite PURPLE RAIN, but noteworthy to devotees like myself. The soundtrack is 60% flawless and the re-appearance of Morris Day and the Time, and Jill Jones made me so happy. And Tevin Campbell and Mavis Staples...totally worth a golden Sunday afternoon's viewing despite all of the eggs and tomatoes thrown at it...
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Published 12 days ago by Rhonda Huey
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Published 12 days ago by Jake Qwest
5.0 out of 5 stars Graffiti Bridge
If you are a Prince fan then you will love Graffitti Bridge drama unfolds in the movie between Morris Day and Prince and his girlfriend gets hit by a car.
Published 1 month ago by Tala
3.0 out of 5 stars Well......
To start, I'm a Prince fan, so i mean no disrespect to him. It's not that this movie was bad, it's just very confusing and a little strange, even for Prince. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dreamer 152
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible waste of money and time!
It was terrible! Don't waste your money! It was a dismal disappoinent! It didn't have the same feel as Purple Rain!
Published 3 months ago by Vicky Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing musical numbers
Well... It's Prince! Do we need to say anymore?
The storyline is a bit campy and the acting... Well there were no real actors in this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by michael D. Byrdsong
1.0 out of 5 stars THE HAIR!
Here is yet another entry for "Worst Movie Ever." What a bloated, pompous, over-inflated bunch of twaddle! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sammy Jackson 14/88
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but ok movie
It's ok but I wish that it had a better plot so I could understand it better. Wish there was more details.
Published 4 months ago by simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars prince graffiti bridge can't beat purple rain
Prince wrote and directed this its about a woman angel who came down for a couple of day's but she gets hit at the end and the song he sings at the end when she gets hit is a good... Read more
Published 5 months ago by thomas henry
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks big time!
I was wondering why I never saw this movie all the way through, it sucks big time! I love Prince but this movie was a waste of time and money that paramount spent making
Published 5 months ago by J Hood
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