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The Color Purple (1985)

 -  Drama  -  18 December 1985 (USA)
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The life and trials of a young African American woman.

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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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18 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Moon Song  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,175,854 (USA)
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Steven Spielberg admits that his greatest mistake in directing this film was his lack of courage portraying the lesbian relationship between Celie and Shug. At the time of filming, Spielberg feared that overt sexuality between the two characters would alienate audiences, a decision he now regrets. See more »

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When Sophia is in the field telling Celie "If you want a dead son in-law, Miss Celie, you keep on advising him like you're doing." Actually, Harpo is Celie's step-son, not her son in-law. See more »

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Shug: [after telling Albert that she and her husband are leaving] Celie is coming with us.
Albert: What?
Shug: Celie is coming with us to Memphis.
Albert: Over my dead body.
Shug: You satisfied? That what you want?
Albert: [to Celie] NOW What's wrong with you?
Celie: You a low down dirty dog, that's what's wrong. Time for me to get away from you, and enter into Creation. And your dead body'd be just the welcome mat I need.
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"A powerful insight into the life of a mistreated black woman in the Deep South"
4 January 2013 | by (Birmingham, United Kingdom.) – See all my reviews

This stunning and enthralling portrayal, directed by the marvelous Steven Spielberg, is a true gem for reminding the world of the hardships of the ancestors of America's black peoples. Celie, an uneducated black woman is mistreated by her father, her "Mister", her step-children and almost anyone she is forced to endure – aside from sister Nettie of course whose companionship, I believe, reiterates an important message: to love each other no matter what.

The brief injections of comedic satire in the picture enable Goldberg, in her debut, to show the world what she really is – a comic. A Golden Globe Award-winning and Oscar-nominated performance allows Goldberg to profess the destitute situation of the protagonist. One feels this was Goldberg's time to shine and really did thoroughly deserve that golden statuette from the Academy in comparison to her actual Oscar-winning supporting performance in 1990's Ghost. Nonetheless, the lack of real acclaim for this picture doesn't take away its drawing and moving storyline to see if, for once, Celie can really be happy.

I didn't really recognize much of the supporting cast of the movie, expect from Oprah Winfrey. Now, I was not expecting much from Winfrey's performance as time and time again you get the occasional 'pop' and 'TV' stars who try and make the 'transition' into film. However, I was pleasantly surprised of Winfrey's portrayal of a distraught and let's say 'difficult' housewife Sofia. Although her character, I felt, did in a sense perpetuate the stereotype of the "big angry black woman" which I believe the film was trying to move away from. All in all, Winfrey garnered both an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination.

One of the most beautiful pictures I have seen in years, and, not a single Oscar win, that I'll never know.


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