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

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Director:
Writers:
Alice Walker (novel)
Menno Meyjes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 December 1985 (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 14 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"A powerful insight into the life of a mistreated black woman in the Deep South" See more (182 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)
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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
Robert 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
Rebecca Leventhal .... production associate
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
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
 
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Runtime:
154 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Alice Walker (author of the novel) may have had doubts about Steven Spielberg directing, but was at least partially convinced when she saw E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). After seeing the film, she felt that E.T. was treated like "a person of color".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The postmark on the envelope of the letter from Nettie is dated July 1934, however the letter inside is dated for April 18 (Easter). She opens the letter at Easter (Albert is decorating Easter eggs) so the letter did arrive in a timely manner, however the July postmark doesn't make sense.See more »
Quotes:
Old Mr.:[Sofia begins to laugh after years of silence] My God, the dead has arisen.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Madea's Class Reunion (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
My HeartSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"A powerful insight into the life of a mistreated black woman in the Deep South", 4 January 2013
Author: Rocco Campanaro from Birmingham, United Kingdom.

This stunning and enthralling portrayal, directed by the marvelous Steven Spielberg, is a true gem for reminding the world of the hardships of the ancestors of America's black peoples. Celie, an uneducated black woman is mistreated by her father, her "Mister", her step-children and almost anyone she is forced to endure – aside from sister Nettie of course whose companionship, I believe, reiterates an important message: to love each other no matter what.

The brief injections of comedic satire in the picture enable Goldberg, in her debut, to show the world what she really is – a comic. A Golden Globe Award-winning and Oscar-nominated performance allows Goldberg to profess the destitute situation of the protagonist. One feels this was Goldberg's time to shine and really did thoroughly deserve that golden statuette from the Academy in comparison to her actual Oscar-winning supporting performance in 1990's Ghost. Nonetheless, the lack of real acclaim for this picture doesn't take away its drawing and moving storyline to see if, for once, Celie can really be happy.

I didn't really recognize much of the supporting cast of the movie, expect from Oprah Winfrey. Now, I was not expecting much from Winfrey's performance as time and time again you get the occasional 'pop' and 'TV' stars who try and make the 'transition' into film. However, I was pleasantly surprised of Winfrey's portrayal of a distraught and let's say 'difficult' housewife Sofia. Although her character, I felt, did in a sense perpetuate the stereotype of the "big angry black woman" which I believe the film was trying to move away from. All in all, Winfrey garnered both an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination.

One of the most beautiful pictures I have seen in years, and, not a single Oscar win, that I'll never know.

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