Sign O' the Times (1987)

PG-13 | 85 or 87 mins | Documentary, Performance, Musical | 20 November 1987

Cinematographer:

Peter Sinclair

Editor:

Steve Purcell

Production Designer:

Leroy Bennett

Production Company:

Purple Films Company
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HISTORY

Summary and credits for this unviewed film are derived from the 20 Dec 1987 NYT review and documents in AMPAS library files, and may not reflect what appears onscreen.
       According to the NYT, production background information in AMPAS library files, and the 16 Sep 1987 HR, concert portions of the film were shot in Antwerp, Belgium, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands, during Prince's 1987 European Tour, dramatic segments were shot in Prince's Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, MN.
       The 16 Sep 1987 HR noted that the film was scheduled to be released on 11 Nov 1987. Two months later, however, the 13 Nov 1987 HR announced that Sign O' the Times would open 20 Nov 1987 in 235 theaters. The film reportedly cost $2-$3 million, and was launched with a $1.5 million marketing campaign. At that time, Cineplex Odeon Films had acquired all film, home video, and cable television rights to the ... More Less

Summary and credits for this unviewed film are derived from the 20 Dec 1987 NYT review and documents in AMPAS library files, and may not reflect what appears onscreen.
       According to the NYT, production background information in AMPAS library files, and the 16 Sep 1987 HR, concert portions of the film were shot in Antwerp, Belgium, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands, during Prince's 1987 European Tour, dramatic segments were shot in Prince's Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, MN.
       The 16 Sep 1987 HR noted that the film was scheduled to be released on 11 Nov 1987. Two months later, however, the 13 Nov 1987 HR announced that Sign O' the Times would open 20 Nov 1987 in 235 theaters. The film reportedly cost $2-$3 million, and was launched with a $1.5 million marketing campaign. At that time, Cineplex Odeon Films had acquired all film, home video, and cable television rights to the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 1987
p. 3, 14.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Nov 1987.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Nov 1987
p. 4.
New York Times
20 Nov 1987
p. 14.
Variety
18 Nov 1987
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
Dir "U Got The Look" video
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Prod coord
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Additional photog
Cam op
Cam op
Cam op
Varilite op
Palomar crane op
Louma tech
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir - vignettes
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Additional ed
Assoc film ed
Additional ed
Post prod supv
Additional ed
Additional ed
Additional ed
Additional ed
Additional ed
Additional ed
Additional ed
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus comp
Music prod by
Mus supv
Mus prod coord
Post prod mixing
SOUND
Prod sd
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Playback op
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod asst
Prod lighting des
Stage des
Stage des
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sign O' The Times," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince, Controversy Music, USA
"Hot Thing," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince, Controversy Music, USA
"I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince, Controversy Music, USA
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SONGS
"Sign O' The Times," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince, Controversy Music, USA
"Hot Thing," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince, Controversy Music, USA
"I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince, Controversy Music, USA
"Play In The Sunshine," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince, Controversy Music, USA
"If I Was Your Girlfriend," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince
"U Got The Look," words and music by Prince, performed by Prince and Sheena Easton, Universal Music Publishing Group
"Forever In My Life," written by Nelson, Prince Rogers, Universal Music Publishing Group
"It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night," words by Prince, music by Prince, Eric Leeds and Matt Fink
"The Cross," by Prince Rogers Nelson, Controversy Music
"Now's The Time," by Charlie Parker, Atlantic Music Corp.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
20 November 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 20 November 1987
Production Date:
Completed September 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Cineplex Odeon Films, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 June 1988
Copyright Number:
PA373586
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
85 or 87
Length(in feet):
7,618
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In her 20 Nov 1987 NYT review, Janet Maslin writes: "The film highlights Prince's range by shifting abruptly from song to song, with no attempt at any real continuity. There are brief dramatic sections here and there, with members of the troupe performing little sketches and Prince, looking pensive behind his steel-rimmed glasses, takes it all in . . . ... +


In her 20 Nov 1987 NYT review, Janet Maslin writes: "The film highlights Prince's range by shifting abruptly from song to song, with no attempt at any real continuity. There are brief dramatic sections here and there, with members of the troupe performing little sketches and Prince, looking pensive behind his steel-rimmed glasses, takes it all in . . . "
























































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GENRE


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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