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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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Albert
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Celie Johnson
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Shug Avery
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Sofia
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Harpo Johnson (as Willard Pugh)
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Nettie Harris
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Young Celie Harris
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Old Mister Johnson
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Squeak
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Miss Millie
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Pa Harris
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Grady
John Patton Jr. ...
Preacher
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Reverend Samuel
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Corrine
James Tillis ...
Buster
Phillip Strong ...
Mayor
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Swain (as Larry Fishburne)
Peto Kinsaka ...
Adam
Lelo Masamba ...
Olivia
Margaret Freeman ...
Odessa
Howard Starr ...
Young Harpo
Daphaine Oliver ...
Young Olivia
Jadili Johnson ...
Young Adam
Lillian Njoki Distefano ...
Young Tashi
Donna Buie ...
Daisy
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Store Clerk
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Mailman
David Thomas ...
Road Gang Leader
Carrie Murray ...
Loretta
Juliet Poe ...
Church Sister
Katie Simon ...
Church Sister
Ethel Taylor ...
Church Sister
Marcus Covington ...
Boy
Marcus Liles ...
Boo
April Myers ...
Emma
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Child #1
Lechanda Latharp ...
Child #2
Drew Bundini Brown ...
Jook Joint Patron
Arnold F. Turner ...
Jook Joint Patron (as Arnold Turner)
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Jook Joint Patron (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
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Jook Joint Patron (as James Hawthorne)
Sonny Terry ...
Jook Joint Musician (as Saunders Sonny Terry)
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Jook Joint Musician
Roy Gaines ...
Jook Joint Musician
Paulinho Da Costa ...
African Musician
Nana Yaw Asiedu ...
African Musician
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African Musician
Bayo Martin ...
African Musician
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African Musician
Jeffrey Kwashi ...
African Musician
Pete Munzhi ...
African Musician
Aniijia Rae Schockley ...
African Musician
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Church Choir Soloist (uncredited)
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Church-goer (uncredited)
Alex Martin ...
Little Girl (uncredited)
Joni Palmer ...
Herself - Junk Joint (uncredited)
Madison T. Shockley Sr. ...
African Chief (uncredited)

Directed by

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Steven Spielberg

Written by

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Menno Meyjes ... (screenplay)
 
Alice Walker ... (novel)

Produced by

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Peter Guber ... executive producer
Carole Isenberg ... associate producer (as Carol Isenberg)
Quincy Jones ... producer
Kathleen Kennedy ... producer
Frank Marshall ... producer
Jon Peters ... executive producer
Steven Spielberg ... producer

Music by

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Quincy Jones

Cinematography by

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Allen Daviau ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael Kahn

Editorial Department

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Connie Abellera ... assistant film editor
Craig Bassett ... assistant film editor
Martin Cohen ... assistant film editor
Patrick Crane ... post-production assistant
Jim Schurmann ... color timer

Production Design by

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J. Michael Riva

Art Direction by

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Bo Welch ... (as Robert W. Welch)

Set Decoration by

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Linda DeScenna

Costume Design by

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Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Makeup Department

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Richard Alonzo ... makeup artist
Ken Chase ... makeup designer
Lola Kemp ... hair stylist
Leila Khan ... hairdresser: Kenya
Steve LaPorte ... makeup artist (as Steve La Porte)
Michael Laudati ... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson ... supervising hair stylist (as Robert Stevenson)

Production Management

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Gerald R. Molen ... unit production manager
Arthur F. Repola ... post-production supervisor (as Arthur Repola)
Vincent Winter ... production supervisor: Kenya

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bruce Cohen ... dga trainee
Pat Kehoe ... first assistant director
Frank Marshall ... second unit director: Kenya
Victoria E. Rhodes ... second assistant director (as Victoria Elizabeth Rhodes)
Richard A. Wells ... first assistant director (as Richard Alexander Wells)

Art Department

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Ron Ashmore ... painter gangboss
Jack Johnson ... illustrator (as John C. Johnson Jr.)
Tom McCown ... set dresser
Ric McElvin ... lead man
Erik L. Nelson ... property master
Joseph C. Nemec III ... assistant art director
Dan Ondrejko ... greensman (as Daniel L. Ondrejko)
Ernest Phillips ... stand-by painter
Virginia L. Randolph ... set designer
Robert Scaife ... construction coordinator (as Robert E. Scaife)
Ed Verreaux ... illustrator
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Howard Armstrong ... set design consultant (uncredited)
Anthony Klaiman ... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Konkel ... painter (uncredited)
David Russell ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Ken Scaife ... general foreman (uncredited)
John Villarino ... foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard L. Anderson ... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Benavente ... sound editor
Willie D. Burton ... production sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
James Christopher ... sound editor
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin ... foley mixer
Teresa Eckton ... sound editor
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer
Gil Haimsohn ... assistant sound editor
Robert W. Harris ... cable person (as Robert Harris)
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Marvin E. Lewis ... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Peter Lonsdale ... assistant adr editor
Matthew C. May ... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat ... foley artist
Alan L. Nineberg ... adr editor (as Alan Nineberg)
Mark Pappas ... assistant sound editor
Rod Rogers ... assistant adr editor
Solange S. Schwalbe ... supervising foley editor (as Solange)
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
John W. Singleton ... foley editor
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (as Ed Steidele)
Sherman Waze ... sound editor
Burton Weinstein ... sound editor (as Burton M. Weinstein)
J.R. Westen ... adr mixer
David A. Whittaker ... sound editor (as David Whittaker)
David Williams ... foley editor
Paul Pavelka ... re-recording engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Greg C. Jensen ... special effects assistant (as Greg Jensen)
Bob Stoker ... special effects assistant
Lucinda Strub ... special effects assistant
Matt Sweeney ... special effects supervisor

Stunts

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Alex Brown ... stunt double
Greg Wayne Elam ... stunt coordinator (as Greg W. Elam)
John Ashby ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker ... stunts (uncredited)
Dana Dru Evenson ... stunt double (uncredited)
Kym Washington Longino ... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Engler ... camera operator (as William Eric Engler)
John Flemming ... grip: Kenya
Norman Harris ... lighting gaffer (as Norm Harris)
Donald L. Hartley ... dolly grip (as Donald Hartley)
M. Todd Henry ... first assistant camera
Gene Kearney ... key grip
Ron Kenyon ... electrical best boy
Martin Kenzie ... focus puller: Kenya
Norman G. Langley ... camera operator
Michael McDermott ... electrician: Kenya
Bob Munoz ... grip best boy
Reggie Newkirk ... first assistant camera (as Reginold Newkirk)
Nigel Seal ... camera loader: Kenya / gaffer: Kenya
John R. Shannon ... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Simon Trevor ... camera operator: Kenya
Rob McCarthy ... electrician (uncredited)
Casey Nelson ... electrician (uncredited)
Bruton Peterson ... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Samuels ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Phelt M. Saucier ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jo Doster ... location casting (as Jo Ann Doster)
Job Seda ... casting: Kenya
Peg Halligan ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Francine Jamison-Tanchuck ... costume supervisor: women (as Francine Jamison)
Joanna Johnston ... wardrobe: Kenya
Betty Jean Slater ... set costumer: women
Bill Tiegs ... set costumer: men
Don Vargas ... costume supervisor: men
Robert Blackman ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Haleen K. Holt ... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Annalisa Strickland ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Kokayi Ampah ... location manager

Music Department

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Brian Banks ... music scoring preproduction
Else Blangsted ... supervising music editor
Chris Boardman ... music adaptor
Bruce Botnick ... music scoring
Lyle J. Burbridge ... music scoring associate (as Lyle Burbridge)
Tom Bähler ... music supervisor (as Tom Bahler)
Jorge Calandrelli ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Andraé Crouch ... music arranger and conductor: Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ Choir (as Andrae Crouch)
Sandra Crouch ... music arranger and conductor: Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ Choir
James Flamberg ... supervising music editor (as Jim Flamberg)
Humberto Gatica ... pre-recorded music mixer
Jimmie Haskell ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Jack Hayes ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Richard Hazard ... orchestrator (as Dick Hazard)
Helaine Head ... music department assistant
Jerry Hey ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Randy Kerber ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Tom Kramer ... music editor
Anthony Marinelli ... music scoring preproduction
A. David Marshall ... music editor (as David Marshall)
Harvey W. Mason ... music adaptor (as Harvey Mason) / orchestrator (as Harvey Mason)
Greig McRitchie ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Sam Nestico ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Jeff Porcaro ... musician: percussion
Steve Ray ... music department assistant
Raoul Roach ... music department assistant
Joel Rosenbaum ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Mark Ross ... music department assistant
Nathan Scott ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Pam Small ... music department assistant
Fred Steiner ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Bill Summers ... music adaptor / orchestrator
Táta Vega ... performer
Ernie Watts ... musician: clarinet
Michael Boddicker ... keyboards (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Ry Cooder ... mandolin (uncredited)
Paulinho Da Costa ... percussion (uncredited)
Harris Goldman ... french horn (uncredited)
Daniel J. Johnson ... co-music editor (uncredited)
Steve Livingston ... music editor (uncredited)
Lisa Donovan Lukas ... music preparation (uncredited)
Clay Mitchell ... musical consultant (uncredited)
Jeff Porcaro ... percussion (uncredited)
Tom Raney ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Robert Amon ... antique picture cars
John Feinblatt ... transportation captain
Eugene Schwartz ... transportation coordinator (as Gene Schwartz)
Gregory Dultz ... driver: Steven Spielberg (uncredited)

Other crew

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Julie Adams ... dialect coach
Kate Barker ... assistant: Ms. Kennedy
Bethany Brown ... production accountant
Ken Burton ... projectionist
Dave Clark ... researcher
Jeffrey R. Coates ... production associate
Michael Crane ... lab consultant
Con Cremins ... location accountant: Kenya
Niegel Dundas ... animal consultant: Kenya / camp manager: Kenya
Jim Ealy ... first aid
Mitchell El Mahdy ... first aid (as Mitch Elmahdy)
William R. Ferris ... researcher (as Bill Ferris)
Jason Gould ... production associate
Barbara Harley ... london contact: Kenya
Iris Hedrick ... assistant accountant
Phyllis Gardner Hirsen ... unit publicist
Robin Hollister ... production associate: Kenya
Dorothy Hungerford ... production associate
Judith Jennings ... teacher
Mark Marshall ... production associate
Kathleen Miranda ... secretary: Mr. Spielberg
Julie Moskowitz ... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Ramon Pahoyo ... craft service
Richard Pryor Jr. ... production associate
Bonne Radford ... production controller (as Bonnie Radford)
Mary T. Radford ... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Madeline Randolph ... assistant: Mr. Jones
Anne Rapp ... script supervisor
James Robertson ... assistant camp manager: Kenya
Bobbi Ross ... teacher
Harry Rotz ... hat maker
Marshal Royal ... researcher
Monty Ruben ... production consultant: Kenya
Lata Ryan ... production coordinator
George Sims ... researcher
Phil Smith ... wrangler
Don Spinney ... animal trainer
Steven Talmy ... production associate
Claude Thompson ... choreographer
Mike Villarino ... special set effects
Alice Walker ... project consultant
Rebecca Walker ... production associate (as Rebecca Leventhal)
Laurel Walter ... production secretary
Snooky Young ... researcher
Kevin Berman ... consultant (uncredited)
Beverly Robinson ... consultant (uncredited)
Beverly J. Robinson ... consultant (uncredited)

Thanks

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David Dykis ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize Winning Story. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Moon Song (United States)
  • La couleur pourpre (France)
  • Die Farbe Lila (Germany)
  • El color púrpura (Spain)
  • Culoarea purpurie (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 154 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,710,333, 22 Dec 1985
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $146,292,009

Did You Know?

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Trivia Whoopi Goldberg's first feature film. Her name is even listed last in the opening credits, as "And Introducing Whoopi Goldberg." See more »
Goofs When she is returning from Memphis on the train, Celie is sipping wine in the dining car. An African-American person could not eat in the dining car in the late 1930s, especially on a Southern run. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Oprah Winfrey/Jerry Seinfeld/Shirley Muldowney (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Miss Celie's Blues (Sister) See more »
Quotes Sophia: All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I'd have to fight in my own house!
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