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The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 February 1986 (USA)
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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Albert
... Celie Johnson
... Shug Avery
... Sofia
... Harpo Johnson (as Willard Pugh)
... Nettie Harris
Desreta Jackson ... Young Celie Harris
... Old Mister Johnson
... Squeak
... Miss Millie
... Pa Harris
... Grady
John Patton Jr. ... Preacher
... Reverend Samuel
... Corrine
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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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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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Whoopi Goldberg's first feature film. Her name is even listed last in the opening credits, as "And Introducing Whoopi Goldberg." See more »

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When Sophia is struck with the butt of the gun she is knocked unconscious. Then the wind blows her skirt and Sophia moves her arm down to cover up. See more »

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Shug: That means you still a virgin.
Celie: Yeah, because don't nobody love me.
Shug: I love you.
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Maybe God Is Tryin' to Tell You Somethin'
Written by Quincy Jones, Andraé Crouch (as Andrae Crouch), David Del Sesto and Bill Maxwell Vocals By Táta Vega
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Vintage Spielberg In Both The Good & Bad
27 January 2007 | by 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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