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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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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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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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Patti LaBelle auditioned for the role of Shug Avery. See more »

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Albert puts on a clip-on tie in 1916. The clip-on tie was not invented until 1928. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Body and Soul
Music by Johnny Green (as John Green)
Lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton
Performed by Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A Masterpiece!
6 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

OK when I was young, I wathced this film with my family and I thought that it was so boring. Then when I got older, I understood this film. It really is a powerful film. This film will bring tears to your eyes literally. The Color Purple is an incredible story about a woman named Celie who grows up living at the mistreatment of a man named "Mister". Whoppi Goldberg's performance is amazing. She should have won that Oscar. The rest of the cast is amazing. I cannot say enough about this movie. It really is a piece of African American History. This film is not just a "movie" it is a piece of beauty. This film will be cherished forever and ever. If you do not like this film, then you need a wake up call.


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