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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.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Menno Meyjes (screenplay), Alice Walker (novel)
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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:
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. John Patton Jr. ... Preacher
Carl Anderson ... Reverend Samuel
Susan Beaubian ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moon Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Mentryville, California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The town scenes in the movie were filmed in Marshville, North Carolina. A key electrical pole could not be taken down in the middle of the street, so a tree was built to hide it. See more »

Goofs

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

Celie: [to herself, after Shug shouts Albert's first name when she throws the burned food out of the bedroom] Albert?
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Referenced in Shadow: Dead Riot (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dirty Dozens
Written by J. Mayo Williams and Speckled Red (as Rufus Perryman)
Vocals By Táta Vega
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Commenting on the 20th Anniversary of this film.
13 May 2003 | by raysondSee all my reviews

In 2005,this will be the 20th Anniversary re-released of one of the most unforgettable motion pictures ever devised for the screen. However,this movie is worth seeing since it comes from one of the most distinguished directors in Hollywood......The man who brought us the greatest films ever made..."Jaws","Close Encounters","Raiders of the Lost Ark","E.T.", "Jurassic Park","Schindler's List","Hook","Poltergeist","A.I.-Artficial Intelligence","Minority Report",and so many more.

But this movie,"The Color Purple" was one of the most powerful and meaningful films ever made and to this day it stands out as a classic example of great cimema at its finest. Based on the novel by Alice Walker(who wrote the screenplay with collaborator Menno Meyjes),and directed by Steven Spielburg.

I saw this film at a premiere they had in 1985,and to this day it moves me in such a way that I had never felt,and it is moved me to tears every time I see this masterpiece,20 years later. This film showcased a lot of brilliant talent,since it had an all-African American cast which starred Danny Glover,Whoopi Goldberg,Margaret Avery,Oprah Winfrey,Adolph Caesar, Laurence Fishburne,Rae Dawn Chong,Akosua Busia,Desreta Jackson, Willard Pugh,Leonard Jackson,Carl Anderson,and a lot more.

The film is worth seeing! Highly recommended! Grand performances all around! Anything that has to be directed by Steven Spielburg is worth seeing. Great drama at its best! It also goes to show how unfairly African-Americans were really treated back then,not just by their white counterparts,but by their own race as a whole,and this movie shows that how really cruel that is. It was one of the top ten grossing boxoffice movies of 1985,and was nominated for an impressive 12 Academy Awards including Best Picture,Best Director,and Best Actress(which Whoopi Goldberg should have won!)not to mention musical score from composer Quincy Jones. See this in the widescreen version on video and DVD!


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