Rare Prince concert movie is coming to Showtime

'Sign O' The Times' has been called one of the best concert films ever.
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A rarely seen Prince concert film is going to air on Showtime. 

The network has acquired the rights to Prince's 1987 Sign O' The Times movie, and will air it starting Sept. 16 at 8 p.m., a news release says

The film – which Rolling Stone called "Prince's great lost concert film" – was written and directed by the Purple One to support his double album Sign O' The Times.

Most of it was shot at Paisley Park and while Prince was on tour in Europe right after he split with his band The Revolution, the release says, noting some critics have called Sign O' The Times one of the best concert movies ever made. 

Rolling Stone said the movie is Prince's "finest cinematic moment" that "captures Prince at his most dazzling," including his singing, dancing and instrumental talents.

But despite praise from critics, Sign O' The Times didn't do very well at the box office, and it was never released to DVD in the U.S. 

This has made Sign O' The Times pretty hard to find, Variety says, and when it airs on Showtime in September, it'll be the first time it's been on TV in the U.S. in more than a decade, Billboard notes

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