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Encyclopedia > Graffiti Bridge (film)
Graffiti Bridge
Directed by Prince
Produced by Randy Phillips,
Craig Rice
Written by Prince
Starring Prince,
Morris Day,
Ingrid Chavez
Music by Prince
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Released 1990
Running time 95 min.
Language English
Budget ??
IMDb profile

Graffiti Bridge is a film written, directed and starring Prince. It is a sequel to his highly successful first film, Purple Rain, though notorious for it's relatively low quality and poor performance at the box-office. However, like Purple Rain, it was accompanied by a hit soundtrack. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (495x753, 64 KB)Graffiti Bridge 1990 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958), known as from 1993 to 2000, is a popular and influential American musician. ... Morris Day, born on December 13, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an American musician and composer. ... Ingrid Chavez, born 1965 in Atlanta, Georgia, is a Mexican-American poet, vocalist, songwriter and photographer. ... The WB Shield used from 2003 to present day Warner Bros. ... This article is about the year. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958), known as from 1993 to 2000, is a popular and influential American musician. ... Purple Rain is a 1984 movie directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Prince and William Blinn. ... The soundtrack to Graffiti Bridge was much better received in sales than the movie of the same name, reaching #6 in the US and #1 in the UK. Nearly every song on the record was written by Prince, despite the handful of artists performing, including Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples and...

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Story

The plot re-joins Purple Rain's lead character The Kid, in his future life as a performer and club co-owner. 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. Prince is forced into paying Morris $10,000 so Morris can pay off the mayor; Prince in turn can keep co-ownership of his club. Morris Day, born on December 13, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an American musician and composer. ... A mayor (from the Latin maīor, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ...


Losing clientelle, The Kid challenges Morris to a music battle for ownership of Glam Slam. The film was panned universally for having a wealth of filler; indeed, the film seems to be a collection of music videos strung together with a loose plotline. The film's screenplay was even rejected by Madonna, who turned down the role of the mysterious angel-like figure, Aura, stating that the writing was awful (Aura's character seems more inclined to aid The Kid, but simultaneously aids and flirts with Morris Day throughout the film.) A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear Jesus (El Greco, 1575) An angel is ethereal being found in many religions, whose duties are to assist and serve God. ...


Reception

While Prince's earlier movies have become cult classics, Graffiti Bridge has yet to achieve any status outside it's initial box-office flop. Most fans regard it as a low-point in his career.


The critical response for the film was far from favourable, with many reviewers arguing that Prince was attempting to position himself as a "Christ-like" figure, particularly during the sequence for the songs "Still Would Stand All Time" and "Graffiti Bridge". It seemed that The Kid was a far different character from the one in Purple Rain. Indeed, the only characters who remained unchanged were Morris Day and his sidekick Jerome Benton. Cameos included gospel singer Mavis Staples, up-and-coming teen star Tevin Campbell and funk icon George Clinton, although each were confined to roughly one song in the film. The music of the film was seen as the highlight, though "Thieves In The Temple" was the only song to really make an impact on the charts. This page is about the title, for the Christian figure, see Jesus Christ is the English representation of the Greek word Χριστός The Christian religion takes its name from Christ, as a title given to Jesus of Nazareth, always capitalized as a singularly descriptive title meaning literally The Anointed One. ... Jerome Benton is a musical performer, mostly as a backup dancer and comedic antics to various musical acts. ... For the novel by Wilton Barnhardt, see Gospel: a novel, for the manga, see One-Pound Gospel. ... Mavis Staples (born Jan 1, 1940) is an American rhythm and blues singer. ... Tevin Campbell (born November 12, 1976 in Dallas, Texas) is an African-American R&B singer. ... George Clinton is the name of several notable people: George Clinton (royal governor) (c. ... Thieves In The Temple is a song by Prince from the 1990 soundtrack album, Graffiti Bridge. ...


The Real "Graffiti Bridge"

Graffiti Bridge got its title from an actual railroad bridge in northern Eden Prairie, Minnesota that crossed over Valley View Road. It was legal to spray graffiti on the bridge, and when the movie came out, a large mural of Prince was featured on the bridge. The bridge was torn down in the early 90's when Valley View Road needed to be widened (the road narrowed to one lane under the bridge, with each direction of traffic taking turns to pass under). When the bridge was torn down, pieces of the bridge were sold as mementos along with a miniature newspaper article about the bridge. Eden Prairie is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ...


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Graffiti Bridge (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (509 words)
Graffiti Bridge is a film written, directed and starring Prince.
The film was panned universally for having a wealth of filler; indeed, the film seems to be a collection of music videos strung together with a loose plotline.
The critical response for the film was far from favourable, with many reviewers arguing that Prince was attempting to position himself as a "Christ-like" figure, particularly during the sequence for the songs "Still Would Stand All Time" and "Graffiti Bridge".
'Graffiti Bridge' (488 words)
There are so many problems with "Graffiti Bridge." The major one is that this "contemporary musical drama" stars and was directed by Prince, who also wrote the script and the score.
"Graffiti Bridge" is self-hagiography, an overextended video with a preposterous plot, suggesting that the music came first, the script last.
This may have been economically wise and in keeping with the film's dark, surreal edge, but the end result is that the film looks, sounds and feels like an MTV video.
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