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The Color Purple -- The life and trials of a young African American Woman.

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Writers:
Alice Walker (novel)
Menno Meyjes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 February 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize Winning Story. See more »
Plot:
The life and trials of a young African American woman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 11 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Spielberg's 1st "Serious" Film Is Beautiful and Powerful... See more (188 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Glover ... Albert

Whoopi Goldberg ... Celie Johnson

Margaret Avery ... Shug Avery

Oprah Winfrey ... Sofia

Willard E. Pugh ... Harpo Johnson (as Willard Pugh)

Akosua Busia ... Nettie Harris

Desreta Jackson ... Young Celie Harris

Adolph Caesar ... Old Mister Johnson

Rae Dawn Chong ... Squeak

Dana Ivey ... Miss Millie
Leonard Jackson ... Pa Harris

Bennet Guillory ... Grady
John Patton Jr. ... Preacher
Carl Anderson ... Reverend Samuel

Susan Beaubian ... Corrine
James Tillis ... Buster
Phillip Strong ... Mayor

Laurence Fishburne ... Swain (as Larry Fishburne)
Peto Kinsaka ... Adam
Lelo Masamba ... Olivia
Margaret Freeman ... Odessa
Howard Starr ... Young Harpo
Daphaine Oliver ... Young Olivia
Jadili Johnson ... Young Adam
Lillian Njoki Distefano ... Young Tashi
Donna Buie ... Daisy

Leon Rippy ... Store Clerk

John R. Hart ... Mailman
David Thomas ... Road Gang Leader
Carrie Murray ... Loretta
Juliet Poe ... Church Sister
Katie Simon ... Church Sister
Ethel Taylor ... Church Sister
Marcus Covington ... Boy
Marcus Liles ... Boo
April Myers ... Emma

Maurice Moore ... Child #1
Lechanda Latharp ... Child #2
Drew Bundini Brown ... Jook Joint Patron
Arnold F. Turner ... Jook Joint Patron (as Arnold Turner)

Jeris Poindexter ... Jook Joint Patron (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)

Hawthorne James ... Jook Joint Patron (as James Hawthorne)
Sonny Terry ... Jook Joint Musician (as Saunders Sonny Terry)
Greg Phillinganes ... Jook Joint Musician
Roy Gaines ... Jook Joint Musician
Paulinho Da Costa ... African Musician
Nana Yaw Asiedu ... African Musician

Clarence Avant ... African Musician
Bayo Martin ... African Musician
Ndugu Chancler ... African Musician
Jeffrey Kwashi ... African Musician
Pete Munzhi ... African Musician
Aniijia Rae Schockley ... African Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maria Howell ... Church Choir Soloist (uncredited)

Gayle King ... Church-goer (uncredited)
Madison T. Shockley Sr. ... African Chief (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Alice Walker (novel)

Menno Meyjes (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Carole Isenberg .... associate producer (as Carol Isenberg)
Quincy Jones .... producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... producer
Frank Marshall .... producer
Jon Peters .... executive producer
Steven Spielberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Allen Daviau (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
 
Art Direction by
Bo Welch  (as Robert W. Welch)
 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Alonzo .... makeup artist
Ken Chase .... makeup designer
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist
Leila Khan .... hairdresser: Kenya
Steve LaPorte .... makeup artist (as Steve La Porte)
Michael Laudati .... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... supervising hair stylist (as Robert Stevenson)
 
Production Management
Gerald R. Molen .... unit production manager
Arthur F. Repola .... post-production supervisor (as Arthur Repola)
Vincent Winter .... production supervisor: Kenya
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Cohen .... dga trainee
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Frank Marshall .... second unit director: Kenya
Victoria E. Rhodes .... second assistant director (as Victoria Elizabeth Rhodes)
Richard A. Wells .... first assistant director (as Richard Alexander Wells)
 
Art Department
Jack Johnson .... illustrator (as John C. Johnson Jr.)
Tom McCown .... set dresser
Ric McElvin .... lead man
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
Joseph C. Nemec III .... assistant art director
Dan Ondrejko .... greensman (as Daniel L. Ondrejko)
Ernest Phillips .... stand-by painter
Virginia L. Randolph .... set designer
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator (as Robert E. Scaife)
Ed Verreaux .... illustrator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Howard Armstrong .... set design consultant (uncredited)
Anthony Klaiman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Konkel .... painter (uncredited)
David Russell .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Ken Scaife .... general foreman (uncredited)
John Villarino .... foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Benavente .... sound editor
Willie D. Burton .... production sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
James Christopher .... sound editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Teresa Eckton .... sound editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Gil Haimsohn .... assistant sound editor
Robert W. Harris .... cable person (as Robert Harris)
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Peter Lonsdale .... assistant adr editor
Matthew C. May .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Alan L. Nineberg .... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Mark Pappas .... assistant sound editor
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... supervising foley editor (as Solange)
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
John W. Singleton .... foley editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Ed Steidele)
Sherman Waze .... sound editor
Burton Weinstein .... sound editor (as Burton M. Weinstein)
J.R. Westen .... adr mixer
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor (as David Whittaker)
David Williams .... foley editor
Paul Pavelka .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects assistant (as Greg Jensen)
Bob Stoker .... special effects assistant
Lucinda Strub .... special effects assistant
Matt Sweeney .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Alex Brown .... stunt double
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunt coordinator (as Greg W. Elam)
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Dana Dru Evenson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Kym Washington .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Engler .... camera operator (as William Eric Engler)
John Flemming .... grip: Kenya
Norman Harris .... lighting gaffer (as Norm Harris)
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip (as Donald Hartley)
M. Todd Henry .... first assistant camera
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Ron Kenyon .... electrical best boy
Martin Kenzie .... focus puller: Kenya
Norman G. Langley .... camera operator
Michael McDermott .... electrician: Kenya
Bob Munoz .... grip best boy
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant camera (as Reginold Newkirk)
Nigel Seal .... camera loader: Kenya
Nigel Seal .... gaffer: Kenya
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Simon Trevor .... camera operator: Kenya
Rob McCarthy .... electrician (uncredited)
Casey Nelson .... electrician (uncredited)
Bruton Peterson .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Samuels .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Phelt M. Saucier .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... location casting (as Jo Ann Doster)
Job Seda .... casting: Kenya
Peg Halligan .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... costume supervisor: women (as Francine Jamison)
Joanna Johnston .... wardrobe: Kenya
Betty Jean Slater .... set costumer: women
Bill Tiegs .... set costumer: men
Don Vargas .... costume supervisor: men
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Annalisa Strickland .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Connie Abellera .... assistant film editor
Craig Bassett .... assistant film editor
Martin Cohen .... assistant film editor
Patrick Crane .... post-production assistant
Jim Schurmann .... color timer
 
Music Department
Brian Banks .... music scoring preproduction
Else Blangsted .... supervising music editor
Chris Boardman .... music adaptor
Bruce Botnick .... music scoring
Lyle J. Burbridge .... music scoring associate (as Lyle Burbridge)
Tom Bähler .... music supervisor (as Tom Bahler)
Jorge Calandrelli .... music adaptor
Jorge Calandrelli .... orchestrator
Andraé Crouch .... music arranger and conductor: Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ Choir (as Andrae Crouch)
Sandra Crouch .... music arranger and conductor: Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ Choir
James Flamberg .... supervising music editor (as Jim Flamberg)
Humberto Gatica .... pre-recorded music mixer
Jimmie Haskell .... music adaptor
Jimmie Haskell .... orchestrator
Jack Hayes .... music adaptor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (as Dick Hazard)
Helaine Head .... music department assistant
Jerry Hey .... music adaptor
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Randy Kerber .... music adaptor
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Anthony Marinelli .... music scoring preproduction
A. David Marshall .... music editor (as David Marshall)
Harvey W. Mason .... music adaptor (as Harvey Mason)
Harvey W. Mason .... orchestrator (as Harvey Mason)
Greig McRitchie .... music adaptor
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Sam Nestico .... music adaptor
Sam Nestico .... orchestrator
Jeff Porcaro .... musician: percussion
Steve Ray .... music department assistant
Raoul Roach .... music department assistant
Joel Rosenbaum .... music adaptor
Joel Rosenbaum .... orchestrator
Mark Ross .... music department assistant
Nathan Scott .... music adaptor
Nathan Scott .... orchestrator
Pam Small .... music department assistant
Fred Steiner .... music adaptor
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator
Bill Summers .... music adaptor
Bill Summers .... orchestrator
Ernie Watts .... musician: clarinet
Michael Boddicker .... keyboards (uncredited)
Ry Cooder .... mandolin (uncredited)
Paulinho Da Costa .... percussion (uncredited)
Harris Goldman .... french horn (uncredited)
Daniel J. Johnson .... co-music editor (uncredited)
Steve Livingston .... music editor (uncredited)
Clay Mitchell .... musical consultant (uncredited)
Jeff Porcaro .... percussion (uncredited)
Tom Raney .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert Amon .... antique picture cars
John Feinblatt .... transportation captain
Eugene Schwartz .... transportation coordinator (as Gene Schwartz)
Gregory Dultz .... driver: Steven Spielberg (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialect coach
Kokayi Ampah .... location manager
Kate Barker .... assistant: Ms. Kennedy
Bethany Brown .... production accountant
Ken Burton .... projectionist
Dave Clark .... researcher
Jeffrey R. Coates .... production associate
Michael Crane .... lab consultant
Con Cremins .... location accountant: Kenya
Niegel Dundas .... animal consultant: Kenya
Niegel Dundas .... camp manager: Kenya
Jim Ealy .... first aid
Mitchell El Mahdy .... first aid (as Mitch Elmahdy)
William R. Ferris .... researcher (as Bill Ferris)
Jason Gould .... production associate
Barbara Harley .... london contact: Kenya
Iris Hedrick .... assistant accountant
Phyllis Gardner Hirsen .... unit publicist
Robin Hollister .... production associate: Kenya
Dorothy Hungerford .... production associate
Judith Jennings .... teacher
Mark Marshall .... production associate
Kathleen Miranda .... secretary: Mr. Spielberg
Julie Moskowitz .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service
Richard Pryor Jr. .... production associate
Bonne Radford .... production controller (as Bonnie Radford)
Mary T. Radford .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Madeline Randolph .... assistant: Mr. Jones
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor
James Robertson .... assistant camp manager: Kenya
Bobbi Ross .... teacher
Harry Rotz .... hat maker
Marshal Royal .... researcher
Monty Ruben .... production consultant: Kenya
Lata Ryan .... production coordinator
George Sims .... researcher
Phil Smith .... wrangler
Don Spinney .... animal trainer
Steven Talmy .... production associate
Claude Thompson .... choreographer
Mike Villarino .... special set effects
Alice Walker .... project consultant
Rebecca Walker .... production associate (as Rebecca Leventhal)
Laurel Walter .... production secretary
Snooky Young .... researcher
Kevin Berman .... consultant (uncredited)
Beverly Robinson .... consultant (uncredited)
Beverly J. Robinson .... consultant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Dykis .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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154 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey Oscar-nominated for their feature film acting debuts in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Shug is opening the letter from Nettie to Celie, she runs her finger underneath the flap of the envelope, although the flap is shown to be already open.See more »
Quotes:
Sofia:You told Harpo to beat me?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Maybe God Is Tryin' to Tell You Somethin'See more »

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93 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
Spielberg's 1st "Serious" Film Is Beautiful and Powerful..., 28 March 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

A film that can make you shed tears of sadness and tears of joy would be considered quite a step in the career of a common filmmaker. The fact is, Steven Spielberg, probably our greatest story-teller, has been doing this in various movie formats for years. THE COLOR PURPLE, at the time, was considered risky, especially after action classics like JAWS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. In hindsight, this film should have come as no surprise, for Spielberg had made us cry tears of joy and sadness in E.T. Critics called COLOR PURPLE his entrance into intellectual fare. It is quite an entrance. No special effects, no swashbuckling, just brilliant story-telling based on a literary classic by Alice Walker. One surprise is how Spielberg could present such a moving film about African-Americans in the deep south. Slavery is gone, but in the south depicted here, it seems as though blacks are using other blacks as slaves.

Spielberg is always put down for sentimentalizing his pictures or adding an element of childishness to please the audience. This is really the first of overlooked films from his career that you cannot make these observations. It is the first in a line of films people either didn't see or wouldn't see because there are no aliens. EMPIRE OF THE SUN, ALWAYS, SCHINDLER'S LIST, etc.. His awesome talent is obvious with this specific picture because A) he uses mostly untrained, first-time actors, B) he tackles a subject most felt was unadaptable to the screen, and C) it is pure drama with no strings pulled where characters grow and change over the passage of roughly 30 years. It is almost epic-like in look and scope and the fact that it did not garner a single Academy Award from 11 nominations is a travesty and an insult.

Whoopi Goldberg is fabulous as the tortured Celie, an unattractive woman given away by her incestuous father to an abusive Danny Glover, who she only knows as "Mister". The film follows a path of occasional beatings and mental torture she goes through while with "Mister". The PG-13 rated film is pretty open to the sexual issues raised by the Walker novel. This is not "The Burning Bed" in Georgia by any means. There is no blatant revenge taken as might be expected. It happens gracefully. Goldberg perfectly plays a human being, someone in need of love and someone who deserves it. The films' most poignant and heartbreaking moment comes when Goldberg and her sister, Nettie (played by Akosua Busia) are separated, maybe forever. (Possibly foreshadowing Holocaust separation of child and parent?) You may have to check for a pulse if you are not moved by this sequence.

The color purple stands for the beauty of the fields and flowers surrounding these poor people. There really is something to live for, but love triumphs over all. Spielberg bashers take note: the guy can make an unforgettable classic without any cute aliens.

RATING: 10 of 10

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