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The Color Purple (1985)

 -  Drama  -  7 February 1986 (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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It's about life. It's about love. It's about us. See more »

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7 February 1986 (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 heavily pursued Chaka Khan to take the role of Shug Avery, however, Chaka Khan admits to being too afraid to take the role at the time. See more »

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Young Celie: Write!
Nettie: What?
Young Celie: Write!
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Scarification Chant and Katutoku Corinne
Conducted and Written by Caiphus Semenya
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Forgotten Spielberg Masterpiece
2 December 2000 | by (United States) – 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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