Graffiti Bridge (film)

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Graffiti Bridge
Graffiti Bridge (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Prince
Produced by Randy Phillips
Arnold Stiefel
Written by Prince
Starring Prince
Ingrid Chavez
Morris Day
Music by Prince
Cinematography Bill Butler
Edited by Conrad Gonzalez
Rebecca Ross
Herbert de la Bouillerie
Distributed by Warner Bros.
(Time Warner)
Release dates
  • November 2, 1990 (1990-11-02)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4.6 million

Graffiti Bridge is a 1990 American rock musical drama film written by, directed by, and starring Prince in his most recent film role. It is a sequel to his 1984 film, Purple Rain. Like its predecessor, it was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name.[2]


The plot re-joins The Kid, in his future life as a performer and club owner. Morris (Morris Day), his rival from Purple Rain, returns as co-owner of The Kid's club, Glam Slam, as well as several others in the area, including his mainstay, Pandemonium. The Kid is forced into paying Morris $10,000 so Morris can pay off the mayor; The Kid in turn can keep co-ownership of his club. Losing clientele, The Kid challenges Morris to a music battle for ownership of Glam Slam.



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]."[3]



The film was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Prince), Worst Director (Prince), Worst Screenplay (Prince), and Worst New Star (Ingrid Chavez).

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.

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,[4] but to this day remains a local legend.


  1. ^ "GRAFFITI BRIDGE (15)". British Board of Film Classification. December 10, 1990. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ The Washington Post
  3. ^ Select, December 1990
  4. ^ The New York Times, Lovers of Graffiti Rally To Save an Old Bridge, The New York Times, February 25, 1990.

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