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Graffiti Bridge

Reviving the characters from Prince's 1984 hit Purple Rain, including a reunited Morris Day and the Time, Graffiti Bridge is a $7.5 million indulgence that amounts to a half-baked retread of tired MTV imagery and childish themes.

Reviving the characters from Prince’s 1984 hit Purple Rain, including a reunited Morris Day and the Time, Graffiti Bridge is a $7.5 million indulgence that amounts to a half-baked retread of tired MTV imagery and childish themes.

Plot revolves around rivalry between the Kid (Prince) and Day for control of a club they co-own. Day wants to play the songs the people want to hear; the Kid wants to focus on the music he’s hearing from a higher power. They duel it out in various musical showdowns.

Chief embarrassment is the spotlight on Ingrid Chavez, latest of Prince’s femme discoveries, as the cooingly coy love child with a direct line to the Maker.

That Prince wrote and directed this homage to his own creative process is evident. Mostly this amounts to a cinematic sandbox in which the Mascaraed One can play, pose and change costumes, inviting most of his gang to join in.

Graffiti Bridge

  • Production: Warner/Paisley Park. Director Prince; Producer Arnold Stiefel, Randy Phillips; Screenplay Prince; Camera Bill Butler; Editor Rebecca Ross; Music Prince; Art Director Vance Lorenzini
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 95 MIN.
  • With: Prince Ingrid Chavez Morris Day Jerome Benton Mavis Staples George Clinton
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