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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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Nominated for 11 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize Winning Story. See more »

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7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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In the Turner Classic Special "Spielberg on Spielberg," Steven Spielberg cites The Color Purple (1985) as his first "serious" film, and that he would have not been able to do Empire of the Sun (1987) and Schindler's List (1993) without the stepping stone that was this film. See more »

Goofs

When Mister finds Celie out in a field reading one of Nettie's letters and strikes her, the letter, her glasses, and the book she was carrying (to hide the letter while she read) all scatter while falling to the ground. In the next shot, we see a close-up of the book, letter, and her glasses all neatly stacked on top of each other as they land on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Shug: That means you still a virgin.
Celie: Yeah, because don't nobody love me.
Shug: I love you.
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Sister's Theme
Composed by Quincy Jones, Jeremy Lubbock and Rod Temperton
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huge achievement from Spielberg
14 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The film version of Alice Walker's hugely emotive and influential 1983 novel (written largely as letters from the central character Celie to God) was a massive Oscar success, and rightly so.

In the role of the abused and awakened Celie, Whoopi Goldberg gave her best screen performance by miles. Not far behind her was Oprah Winfrey as Sofia, the fiery woman tamed by fate. Others in the cast fleshed out the characters Walker had introduced so clearly on the page - Danny Glover as Albert, Celie's abusive husband; Margaret Avery as Shug, a force of change for the good; Willard Pugh and Rae Dawn Chong as Harpo and Squeak; Susan Beaubian as Corrine, the preacher's wife; and the much-missed Carl Anderson (otherwise best known as Judas in the 1973 film of Jesus Christ Superstar) as preacher Samuel.

Beautifully paced and sensitively written, 'The Color Purple' does justice to its source while opening out the story to involve viewers of a feature-length drama.


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