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The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 February 1986 (USA)
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

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This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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7 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Moon Song  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,710,333, 22 December 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$98,467,863

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,292,009
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1.85 : 1
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The town scenes in the movie were filmed in Marshville, North Carolina. A key electrical pole could not be taken down in the middle of the street, so a tree was built to hide it. See more »

Goofs

When Celie has on Shug's dress in Shug's bedroom, Shug makes Celie look in the dresser mirror. There is another mirror on the dresser in which a crew member's head is visible. See more »

Quotes

Harpo: Who this, Pa? Who this?
Albert: The woman that shoulda been yo' mammy.
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I Ain't Gonna Sing No Mo
Written by Quincy Jones and Sonny Terry (as Saunders Sonny Terry)
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Forgotten Spielberg Masterpiece
2 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Alice Walker's epic novel is put on the big-screen by director Steven Spielberg and the results are excellent. The film deals with the maturity and independence of a mistreated black woman (Whoopi Goldberg in an Oscar-nominated role) from the years 1909 to 1947. The audience gets to experience all of her triumphs and tragedies through the film's running time. A very strong cast of supporting players make the film memorable as well. Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Margaret Avery, and Oprah Winfrey (the last two Oscar-nominated) all shine with the great screenplay and Spielberg's subtle direction. Somewhat forgotten on Spielberg's list of credits, but still one of his very best films. 5 stars out of 5.


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