In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
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
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Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey were both nominated for an Oscar for their feature film acting debuts in this film. Neither won, a choice the Academy has been criticized for, especially Goldberg's loss for the Best Actress Oscar. See more »
During the scene where Miss Millie brings Sophia home for Christmas, from a wide shot of the house, you can see smoke coming out of the chimney. When Sophia gets inside, there is no fire in the fireplace. See more »
He beat me when you ain't here.
Who do? Albert?
Why he do that?
He beat me for not being you.
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I honestly believe that I became a Spielberg fan after seeing "The Color Purple." The acting is exquisite, the cinematography flawless and the powerfully gut-wrenching story is sure to make anyone forget they're watching a film. It's a shame that it was robbed at the 1986 Academy Awards. This film is highly underrated. Whoopi, for instance, is so convincing as Celie. You feel as if you've lived her life with her. Danny Glover, Oprah, Margaret Avery - all incredible. If you have not seen this film, you must. It's one of Spielberg's most poignant dramas. I'd say that his only "better" films are "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan" ... as far as dramas go.
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