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Under The Cherry Moon (Sous-titres franais)
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Under The Cherry Moon (DVD)
Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) made her film debut swapping spit with Prince in this vanity piece directed by the rock legend himself. Prince plays a self-styled gigolo and musician in the south of France, and unlike his interesting grimness in Purple Rain, his character's affect is like one big, walking smirk here. Shot in black and white, the film is handsome enough to look upon for awhile. But even for people who admire Prince for his prodigious musical talents, the Song of Myself stuff in the movie is overwhelming. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Director: Prince
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Supporting Actor: Jerome Benton
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Picture
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Actor: Prince
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Screenplay nominee
1987 Razzie Awards: Worst Supporting Actress nominee: Kristin Scott Thomas
I guess at the time most people wanted Prince to come out with a sequel to "Purple Rain." Prince trades in his Purple Rain character (The kid) to take on Christopher Tracy, a gigolo fresh from Miami who is scoping out the women of France, young and old alike, in search of much needed cash to pay his rent along with whatever else money can buy. He is accompanied by his sidekick, Tricky (Jerome Benton), who keeps him on his toes and his head of the clouds. Mary (Kristin Scott Thomas first starring role) is a stubborn, spoiled 21 year old brat who although may come off as a bit brazen at first, is really a frigid virgin who is not ready for the likes of Christopher when he shows up uninvited to her 21st birthday party. Opposites attract they find themselves becoming attracted to qualities they can't seem to find in anybody else.
This film has a surprise ending which took me off guard. This directorial; debut from Prince was quite impressive. His boyish antics and humor make for some charming entertainment. Though beset with many problems, ranging from period setting (are we in the 1940s or were vintage fashions suddenly the rage in '80's era France for about a month and Vogue didn't catch wind of it?Read more ›
The cinematography of this movie is more beautiful with each viewing. It's also very funny (most times, where it's supposed to be). Prince and Jerome Benton have very good comic timing at certain spots, and some great lines emerge (who didn't laugh when Tricky said he'd "slap the waves" out Chris' head?).
Prince and Kristin Scott-Thomas do have decent chemistry. Scott-Thomas does her best with a limited role, and she demonstrates the appeal that led to better roles down the line. The movie only lags when it tries to get too serious, but it has always been an overall delight.
Last, but certainly not least, the score and the soundtrack are incredible. The soundtrack, "Parade," is a groundbreaking (albeit underappreciated) LP of avant-garde funk, and provides the thematic backbone for the movie.
This movie should be even more enjoyable in widescreen format on DVD.
(a modified version of my prior review)
Well to the movie...very well done! It's very different from any movie ever, and deserves so praise for it. This man slaves hard to put out an album almost 99% ever year! He stays busy, and when he decides to do something others would fear, people critisize him. He may not be the best, but in my eyes (which have very good eyesight, by the way) he comes close. The movie is a classic now and forever. Back in the day they hated it, and people still might hate it, but why? Because he shows off his talent? Because he isn't afraid to do what he gotta do? Because he is talented and people are jealous? I think so! The movie is great from beginning to end. In my opinion this character is better than the Kid, because I personally think that he deserves more lines. He got them and I love it! Purple Rain is a classic, but shouldn't that just be left alone? He wasn't trying to be the Kid in this movie, so don't critisize him for not being him! Very few people have music, acting, and looks down pat. We gotta give credit to the man who introduced the Minneapolis Sound.
I own the Soundtrack as well and I LOVE IT!!Read more ›
What it is, y'understand, is that 'Under The Cherry Moon' is an absolute delight of a film. It's not just a film, it's a sensation. You taste, feel, smell the ocean, mood, finerie and sheer splendour of the South of France. I watched this film many times on it's release at the cinema when it came out and loved it then. Admittedly, there are some luxuriously narcissistic shots in the film, but they work!! What guts! And we love him and the movie for it! I just watched it again now, and realise that this film is certainly going to get some real appreciation now in retrospect. Seasoned, experienced film makers (I am a serious film aficianado) would find it hard to create the life enhancing, sumptuous mood and feeling that Prince has managed to create in this film (he also directed it...and to think within a year or so, we also had the astounding 'Sign O'the Times Double Album). It is an amazing feat for something I'm sure Prince did as a hobby. Revisiting the film reminded me why I was and still am A DIE-HARD PRINCE FAN FOR LIFE. It reminds me why he was what he was. In the interim he can release as much badly reviewed music as he wants. Nothing changes. It will still not affect his standing as one of the, if not THE MUSICAL GENIUS of the 20th century. I am annoyed at one reviewer moaning about his height, they need to understand this man is a GIANT. A colossus in his field.
Back to the film, the acting, the mood, the effortless perfection and timely usage of the Parade soundtrack will blow you away. Every single performance is magnetic. Watching 'Under The Cherry Moon' filled me with joy. Truly. Please Warner Bros, we want the DVD, with as many extra as possible please (a double disc set?).
Prince, you're THE KING MAN!
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What took "em" so long to put this on DVD.
The one liners in this moving and sound track is still off the hook.
When this movie first came out I was about 9 years old and I went to see this movie with my mother and father at the drive-in movies. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Edwina Leavy
Prince even 2day is one extroidinary entertainer.Under the cherrymoon showsanother aspect of Prince's musical ability plus showmanship. 4get the year? 1986.C00l as ever. Read morePublished on June 21 2004
I first saw this movie at the age of 11 back in '86 so some of the jokes were over my head. But as an adult I love this movie. It is clever! It is sexy! It is cute! It is funny! Read morePublished on June 16 2004
I love this movie, but then I love Prince. If you don't, then you may find this movie silly and perhaps amateurish. It certainly isn't "Purple Rain. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Top Cat
I liked Under the Cherry Moon!!! I just watched this movie earlier tonight, for about the 20th time!! The movie is so unique!! You will never see another one like it. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Shawanna