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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,175,854 (USA)
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Before production, Steven Spielberg felt very insecure about being director of the film. In fact, his initial response to Quincy Jones' request was no. Spielberg felt that his knowledge of the deep South was inadequate, and that the film should've been directed by someone of color, who could've at least related to the struggles faced by many blacks living in the old south. Jones then argued, "No, I want you to do it, and besides, did you have to be an alien to direct E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)?" Spielberg appreciated his friend's logic, and decided to take the role as director of the film. See more »

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During the scene where Miss Millie brings Sophia home for Christmas, from a wide shot of the house, you can see smoke coming out of the chimney. When Sophia gets inside, there is no fire in the fireplace. See more »

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Sophia: All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I'd have to fight in my own house!
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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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"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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