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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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Storyline

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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It's about life. It's about love. It's about us. See more »

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7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moon Song  »

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Box Office

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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Steven Spielberg: [father] Nettie's father. See more »

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The Johnsons' mailbox, featured as early as 1906, is a Joroleman mailbox. This style mailbox was not available until 1915 when it was designed by U.S. Post Office employee Roy J. Joroleman. See more »

Quotes

Shug: I's married now! I's married now!
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 October 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Scarification Chant and Katutoku Corinne
Conducted and Written by Caiphus Semenya
Vocal by Letta Mbulu
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A Masterpiece!
6 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

OK when I was young, I wathced this film with my family and I thought that it was so boring. Then when I got older, I understood this film. It really is a powerful film. This film will bring tears to your eyes literally. The Color Purple is an incredible story about a woman named Celie who grows up living at the mistreatment of a man named "Mister". Whoppi Goldberg's performance is amazing. She should have won that Oscar. The rest of the cast is amazing. I cannot say enough about this movie. It really is a piece of African American History. This film is not just a "movie" it is a piece of beauty. This film will be cherished forever and ever. If you do not like this film, then you need a wake up call.


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