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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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It's about life. It's about love. It's about us. See more »

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18 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Moon Song  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$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. Quincy Jones then argued, "No, I want you to do it. And besides, did you have to be an alien to direct ET?" Spielberg appreciated his friend's logic and decided to take the role as director of the film. See more »

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The Johnsons' mailbox, featured as early as 1906, is a Joroleman mailbox. This style mailbox was not available until 1915 when it was designed by U.S. Post Office employee Roy J. Joroleman. See more »

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Pa Harris: [as he snatches away Celie newborn daughter] You better not tell nobody but God. It'll kill yo mama.
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Don't Make Me No Never Mind (Slow Drag)
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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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