Film: Sign O’ The Times

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Sign O’ The Times

Sign O’ The Times movie poster

Movie details

Premiere: 29 October 1987: American Theatre, Detroit, MI
Released: 20 November 1987 (USA)
3 June 1988 (Sweden)
23 June 1988 (Australia)
1 July 1988 (Denmark)
11 August 1988 (the Netherlands)
11 November 1988 (Ireland)
25 February 1989 (Japan)
10 March 1989 (East Germany)
11 May 1990 (Finland)
Director: Daniel Kleinman (original Ahoy’ footage, first day of re-shoot, uncredited)
Albert Magnoli (Paisley Park Studios footage, uncredited)
Producers: Robert Cavallo (Producer)
Tim Clawson (Assistant producer)
Steven Fargnoli (Producer)
Simon Fields (Co-producer)

Joseph Ruffalo (Producer)

Productions Companies: Warner Bros.
Music by: Prince
Genre(s): Concert Film
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 85 minutes
Technical Specification(s): Country: USA
Language: English
Sound Mix: Dolby
Color: Technicolor
Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1

Warner Bros. (1987)

Box Office, Nominations & Awards

Box office

  • Opening Weekend (20 Nov. 1987)
USA: $950,116 (234 Screens)
  • Gross:
USA: $3,000,073


  • Minnesota Music Awards, USA 1988
  • MTV Video Music Awards
Best Male Video
Best Stage Performance Video


  • Minnesota Music Awards, USA 1988
Production/Music Video (U Got The Look)
Production/Music Video (I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man)
  • MTV Video Music Awards
Best Editing in a Video (U Got The Look)
Best Choreography in a Video (U Got The Look)

See also

Sign O’ The Times
Sign O’ The Times
(home video)
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Sign O’ The Times is a 1987 concert film depicting the Sign O’ The Times Tour, starring and directed by Prince.


Originally conceived to be filmed at the end of the tour in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Antwerp, Belgium, most of the shots in the film are actually re-shot at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, where the concert film was lip-synced to audio recorded in Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Cast & Crew
Main Crew



  • Prince


  • Peter Sinclair

Film Editing

  • Steve Purcell - (as Steve Percell)

Production Design

Makeup Department

Production Management

  • Arnaud Esterez - unit manager
  • Cheri Hunter - post-production supervisor
  • Jeffrey Mason - production manager
  • Victoria Niles - production manager
  • Clément Sentilhes - assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

  • Betsy Bangs - second assistant director
  • Randy Carter - first assistant director
  • Fred Eisenlohr - second assistant director
  • Scott McCullough - second second assistant director
  • Selannie Tyc - second assistant director

Art Department

  • Scott Duncan - props
  • Joel Lang - assistant art director
  • John McGraw - stage designer
  • Laila Schirrmeister - property master

Sound Department

  • Nicholas Atkins - turbosound technician
  • Harald Danker - db sound technician
  • Geert De Bruin - assistant sound engineer
  • Robin Fox - sound technician
  • Eddie Garcia - assistant sound engineer
  • Roger Harding - turbosound technician
  • William Head - db sound technician
  • Michiel Hoogenboezem - assistant sound engineer (as Michiel Hoogenbosem)
  • Tim Jordan - assistant sound engineer
  • Mike Kloster - assistant sound engineer
  • Gregg Landaker - re-recording mixer
  • Sandy MacRae - playback recordist
  • Steve Maslow - re-recording mixer
  • Robert Nichols II - sound recordist
  • Gary Ritchie - re-recording mixer
  • Susan Rogers - sound recording engineer
  • Gary Sanguinet - monitor mixer
  • Joe Schiff - assistant sound engineer
  • Mick Staplehurst - turbosound technician
  • Terry Wilson - assistant sound engineer
  • Billy Youdelman - re-recording mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

  • William Adie - lighting technician
  • Kenneth C. Barrows - assistant camera
  • David Beazley - lighting technician
  • Leroy Bennett - lighting designer
  • Dustin Blauvelt - assistant camera
  • Donald Burghardt - second assistant camera: "a" camera
  • Peter Currier - lighting technician
  • David Dorr - rigger
  • Milo Durben - grip
  • Rick Favazzo - crane technician: Louma crane
  • Dennis A. Frank - electrician
  • Laurel Glowecki - lighting technician: Vari*Lite
  • Paul Hughen - assistant camera
  • Victor Korte - dolly grip
  • Dan Lutz - electrician
  • Ed Maloney - best boy electric
  • Marc Margulies - assistant camera
  • Joe R. Marquette Jr. - camera operator
  • Michael R. Marquette - assistant camera
  • Gary Massey - lighting technician
  • Jeff Mateer - lighting technician
  • Aidan McCabe - lighting technician: Vari*Lite
  • Robert McKinney - rigger
  • Rick Meyer - video playback
  • Edward Monahan - rigger
  • John C. Morgan - lighting technician: Vari*Lite (as John Morgan)
  • Chris Moseley - second assistant camera
  • Mac Mosier - light operator: Vari*Lite
  • Jalal Pashandi - second assistant camera
  • Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke - gaffer
  • J. Michael Popovich - key grip (as Mike Popovitch)
  • Greg Potter - second assistant camera
  • Matthew Quast - playback operator
  • Milan Rakic - lighting technician
  • Steven Rusling - lighting technician
  • Larry Sweet - best boy grip
  • Joseph F. Valentine - camera operator
  • Andrew Watson - lighting technician: Vari*Lite
  • Jerry Watson - additional photographer / camera operator
  • John Wyer - lighting technician
  • Jeff Zimmerman - camera operator
  • Costume and Wardrobe Department
  • Elizabeth Dorr - wardrobe supervisor
  • Helen Hiatt - wardrobe assistant
  • Lisa Jordan - wardrobe assistant
  • Martha O’Connor - wardrobe assistant
  • Bevla Reeves - wardrobe assistant
  • Patrick Wilson - wardrobe assistant

Editorial Department

  • Dan Blevin - additional editor
  • Dave Blum - additional editor
  • Kelvin Duckett - additional editor
  • Bob Jenkis - additional editor
  • Ellen Murphy - negative cutter
  • David Pincus - additional editor
  • Teresa Race - post production office assistant
  • Fred Raimondi - additional editor
  • Charley Randazzio - additional editor
  • Judy Reidel - associate editor
  • D.D. Stenehjem - assistant editor
  • Jeff U’ren - additional editor
  • Don Wilson - additional editor

Location Management

  • Joel Thingvall - location wrangler

Music Department

Other Crew

Company Credits


The film is pretty much a straightforward showing of a Sign O’ The Times Tour concert, with some scenes and vignettes interspersed to add a narrative. It follows the standard format of the tour although some songs from the concerts have been omitted.

Culled from a standard set the songs featured in the film comprise Sign O’ The Times, Play In The Sunshine, Little Red Corvette, Housequake, Slow Love, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Hot Thing, Now’s The Time, U Got The Look, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Forever In My Life / It, It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night and The Cross, with the last two songs switched in sequence from how they were performed in concert.
Added is a rendition of U Got The Look (before If I Was Your Girlfriend), which was not part of the standard set, but instead for the purpose of a promotional video in Paris, before the film was conceived.

Girls & Boys (following Housequake), Let’s Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, 1999 (following If I Was Your Girlfriend) and Kiss (following Forever In My Life) are missing from the film.

Making of

Initial filming was done on 26, 27 and 28 June 1987 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. On 29 June more footage was filmed in Antwerp, Belgium. Videofootage recorded in Paris on 16 June 1987 was also used. Most of the visuals used in the film however, were shot over six days, starting 18 July 1987, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, mostly lip syncing to material originally recorded in Rotterdam on at least the last day, (23 July 1987, but maybe also on the other days) new audio was also recorded in front of an audience of around 100 extras.

The audio of the songs featured in the film was recorded on the following days, albeit sometimes with overdubs in post-production at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, USA

Shooting Schedule & Locations
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

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