Video: Thieves In The Temple

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(Related Artists)
1990: New Power Generation
Thieves In The Temple

Thieves In The Temple music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: 27 July 1990
Producer(s): Information needed
Director: Craig Rice
Related home video/DVD: Graffiti Bridge (DVD release)
First (Commercially) Released: 24 August 2004


Date Institution, Country Award
This music video has not received any awards in the USA

Thieves In The Temple is a Prince video released for broadcast and to promote the single.

The video mixes the performance of the song from the Graffiti Bridge movie and miscellaneous footage from the film. According to Michael Koppelman, the video was created right after the recording of the song.

Two versions of the video were created for broadcast: the full 8:37 version (with Robin Power making her first appearance in a Prince video) and an edited 4:08 minute version (the latter with a slightly remixed audio).

The extended version of the video has some extra lyrics run over the screen but not sung:

LOVE (A thief’s definition)
A. 2 swear allegiance then back out like a punk when another offer comes along
B. 2 speak of loyalty only until some bucks are placed on the table, then sucking up to the highest bidder
C. 2 criticize 4 the sake of personal gain or 4 the actual enjoyment of it
D. 2 make love like an animal while swearing up and down your partner is the best all the while thinking of your next conquest
E. 2 speak of a new world without first knowing how to fix your own

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
Mid-February 1990 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Thieves In The Temple 4:08 Graffiti Bridge (2004 DVD release)

Prince streaming video platforms (2017)

short version
Thieves In The Temple (Extended Version) 8:37 Prince streaming video platforms (2017)

Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

long version

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

Music Videos (Prince) Music Videos (Related Artists) 1990
New Power Generation