Purple Rain script
Purple Rain (1984)
Synopsis: Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli, produced by Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo, and Steven Fargnoli, and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. The film inspired the soundtrack and studio album of the same name.

(1) Black Screen

SOUND under:
MUSIC building in INTENSITY

as--

PRINCE:

(over)

Dearly belov`ed,

We are gathered here today

To get through this thing

called life.

Electric word life,

It means forever and that's a

mighty long time.

But I'm here to tell you that

there's something else -- The

afterworld.

Then huge CU of EYES opening, gazing

into mirror, HAND applying makeup,

sudden BLACKNESS, then--

PRINCE:

(con't)

That's right...a world of

never-ending happiness,

You can always see the sun --

Day or night.

BURN IN MAIN TITLE: PURPLE RAIN

PRINCE:

(con't)

So when you call up that

shrink in Beverly Hills,

You know the one -- Doctor

Everything'll Be Alright--

Instead of asking him how much

of your mind is left,

Ask him how much of your time,

`Cause in this life,

Things are much harder than in

the afterworld,

In this life, You're on your

own.

Now, pulsating COLOR -- FLASHES of hot,

white LIGHT...

PRINCE:

(con't)

And if de-elevator tries to

bring you down,

Go crazy, punch a higher

floor.

and the BEAT provocative now,

relentless, BUILDING with fierce intent

to--

(2) INT. CLUB (1ST AVE. ST. BAR) -- NIGHT

The MECCA! The last stop for a band

before national fame.

The HUGE cavernous HALL is PACKED!

PEOPLE are DANCING like MAD! VIDEO

SCREENS with WILD GRAPHICS hang

suspended from the ceilings. Beautiful

WAITRESSES criss-cross the floor in a

frenzy.

PRINCE is CENTER-STAGE -- LIPS caressing

the mike, black, lustrous hair shining,

eyes dancing -- SINGING "Let's Get

Crazy" as the CROWD pulsates beneath the

LASER LIGHTS.

The MUSIC continues as we ...

CUT TO:

(3) EXT. STREETS #1 -- NIGHT

A TAXI pulls UP with a SCREECH. VANITY

slouches in the backseat. Black boots,

black skin-tight pants, and a mane of

thick, black hair presents a beautiful

and imposing figure. Her eyes are

large and dark -- her look open and

ripe. She knows what she's got, and

doesn't make any excuses for it -- but

the fact is she's scared as hell,

possessing a vulnerability that

surprises her by its suddenness. An

expensive gold chain is fastened on one

boot.

She scrounges through her bag -- pulls

out her remaining cash. It's drastically

short of what she owes and she knows it.

She tosses it onto the front seat,

JUMPS from the cab, streaks across the

street. The CABBIE lets out a YELL and

JUMPS out after her.

"Let's Get Crazy" continues as we ...

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Albert Magnoli

Albert Magnoli is an American film director, screenwriter and editor best known for such films Purple Rain, Tango & Cash, Street Knight, Reckless and American Anthem. For a time Magnoli served as the manager of musical artist Prince. more…

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