Graffiti Bridge (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Randy Phillips
|Edited by||Conrad Gonzalez
Paisley Park Films
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$4.6 million|
Graffiti Bridge is a 1990 American rock musical drama film written by, directed by, and starring Prince in his final film role. It is the sequel to his 1984 film, Purple Rain. Like its predecessor, it was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name.
The plot continues with The Kid, living future life as an upbeat performer and co-owner of a club, Glam Slam - which was willed to him from Billy, who was the owner of First Avenue Club in the first film. Solitary and lovelorn, he spends his personal time composing songs, and writing letters to his deceased father. The other co-owner who was included in the will is Morris (Morris Day), his rival who now also owns his own club, Pandemonium, while desiring control of the other two clubs in the Seven Corners area - which are Melody Cool, and the Clinton Club. Needing to pay the mayor of Seven Corners $10.000, Morris attempts to extort The Kid - by threatening to take full ownership of Glam Slam. Making matters more interesting is the arrival of Aura, an angel sent from Heaven to sway both Morris and The Kid into leading more righteous lives - while dealing with their attraction to her. As The Kid continues to show resistance, Morris begins to embarrass him by way performances with his band, to steal The Kid's customers. Losing clientele and having his club defamed by Morris's henchmen, The Kid decides to challenge Morris to a music battle for ownership of Glam Slam.
- Prince as The Kid, owner of the Glam Slam Club
- Ingrid Chavez as Aura, an angel
- Morris Day as Morris, co-owner of Glam Slam, and own the Pandemonium Club
- Jerome Benton as Jerome, Morris's assistant
- George Clinton as George, owner of the Clinton Club
- Tevin Campbell as Tevin, the son of Melody Cool
- Mavis Staples as Melody Cool, the owner of Melody Cool Club
- The Time as themselves
- Rosie Gaines as a member of The Kid's band, NPG
- Elisa Fiorillo as Aura's singing voice (uncredited)
According to Terry Lewis, the film was originally a vehicle for The Time, but "in the end the story got lost and it became a Prince picture. But that was cool. I think our rapport with Prince is better now than it's ever been, because there's a mutual respect in the air… Plus we got to hang out for six months on somebody else's budget." Morris Day explained: "A sequel to Purple Rain is what it ended up being. And the role that The Time plays is, well, crooks. In Purple Rain we were small time crooks and now we've graduated to the big time. We own and control this area called Seven Corners – which is really four corners and four clubs – and everyone answers to us. It's really about the rivalry between us and The Kid (Prince), who is the picked-on, felt-sorry-for hero. But in the end he gets the girl and he beats us with a ballad. He changes our hearts and minds and makes us into good, church-going individuals with a song [laughs]."
The film is tied into the album of the same name, which spawned the chart-making singles, "Round and Round" and "New Power Generation", as well as "Thieves In The Temple". Despite the film receiving lukewarm responses from audiences, the accompanying album fared better. The following tracks were selected from the album to appear in listed order within the film, although several songs appear in shorter and rearranged lengths.
- "Can't Stop This Feeling I Got" - Prince (rearranged instrumental)
- "New Power Generation" - Prince and New Power Generation
- "Release It" - The Time
- "We Can Phunk" - Prince featuring George Clinton and Rosie Gaines
- "Elephants & Flowers" - Prince
- "Round and Round" – Tevin Campbell
- "Joy In Repetition" – Prince
- "Love Machine" – The Time & Elisa Fiorillo
- "Thieves In The Temple" - Prince
- "The Question of U" – Prince
- "Shake!" - The Time
- "Tick, Tick, Bang" - Prince
- "Melody Cool" - Mavis Staples
- "Still Would Stand All Time" - Prince
Despite media hype of it being the sequel to the massively successful Purple Rain, it was a commercial and critical failure and was included on several Worst-of-1990 movie lists. Graffiti Bridge currently holds a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.
The corresponding original soundtrack on the other hand, received modest reviews.
The title "Graffiti Bridge" comes from a now torn-down bridge located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The bridge was torn down in the early 1990s to make way for new construction, but to this day remains a local legend.