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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,175,854 (USA)
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Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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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 »

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Celie: Most time I pretend I ain't even there. He don't know the difference.
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Referenced in The Color Purple: The 'Musical' (2003) See more »

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Junk Bucket Blues
Written by Porter Grainger
Performed by Get Happy Band
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Vintage Spielberg In Both The Good & Bad
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As with many Steven Spielberg films, this is a beautiful-looking movie, scene-after-scene almost looking like paintings. To me, that was the main attraction of the movie because the story - although powerful - to me, wasn't as appealing as the rich visuals. It's also one of those films almost guaranteed to bring a tear or two to ones eyes at the end.

This is much more involving story if you are a woman or black person, because you can relate more to the characters in the film. As with typical Hollywood, political correctness rules: most of the men (white or black) are bad while the women (mostly black) are all good. If you are a male watching the movie, this bias in the story can be very annoying.

Individually, I remember first watching this (I've seen it a couple of times) and being surprised what a good actress Oprah Winfrey was, and how appealing was Whoopi Goldberg's character "Celie." Goldberg became a star after this film (also for her comedy appearances on TV) but I always thought this role was, by far, her best or, at the least, her most appealing.

Rae Dawn Chong never looked prettier and Margaret Avery played a real charmer. Danny Glover was effectively nasty. You wanted to punch his lights out!

Overall, expect for what I mentioned above, this was good storytelling and certainly an involving, emotional story.


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