The Color Purple

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"It's about life. It's about love. It's about us."
  • PG-13
  • 1985
  • 2 hr 34 min
  • 7.8  (79,827)
  • 78

When the name ‘Steven Spielberg’ is mentioned one thing comes to everyone’s mind; great entertainment. No movie proved that so much as ‘The Color Purple’ for several reasons. One aspect that made this so unique is that it showed the trials of the African American woman in the turn of the century South. ‘The Color Purple’ was taken from the book by the same title, written by Alice Walker and also gave Whoopi Goldberg her start in movies as well as featuring great talents. What made both the book and the movie so unique, aside from the subject, is that it is dealt with from the perspective of the woman; Miss Celie. The film centers on the life of Celie, a young girl of about 14 or 15 years of age who is sold into marriage to a man much older than herself for the sake of caring for his home and children since his wife’s passing. Celie has known a life of hardship at the hands of her father who forced himself upon her which resulted in the birth of two children; a son and a daughter, who her father stole from her and sold to another family. The only consolation that Celie has is in the close relationship that she has with her younger sister, Nettie. Although Mister, as he is known, agrees to marry Celie, the actual object of his affection was her sister Nettie who the father refused to allow him to marry. Before long Nettie comes to stay with her sister because of their father’s advances in her direction which seems to encourage Mister. When Nettie refuses these advances Mister separates the sisters and denies them contact over the next 30 or so years. After her sister’s departure Celie settles to her life of abuse and misery but soon finds a kindred and kind spirit in her husband’s lover; Shug Avery. Celie is thankful for Shug’s presence as it deters Mister’s abuse and treasures her friendship and help. The movie offers great memorable characters and life lessons for all. The best lesson is that of redemption when Celie curses Mister prompting him to finally do right by her and reunite the two sisters.

The Color Purple
Love Me
Love Me

Clip - 2 min 27 sec

The Color Purple (35th Anniversary Fathom Events)
The Color Purple (35th Anniversary Fathom Events)

Trailer - 30 sec

Purple
Purple

Clip - 52 sec

Fight My Whole Life
Fight My Whole Life

Clip - 1 min 21 sec

Reunited
Reunited

Clip - 2 min 24 sec

Sister
Sister

Clip - 2 min 22 sec

Description
When the name ‘Steven Spielberg’ is mentioned one thing comes to everyone’s mind; great entertainment. No movie proved that so much as ‘The Color Purple’ for several reasons. One aspect that made this so unique is that it showed the trials of the African American woman in the turn of the century South. ‘The Color Purple’ was taken from the book by the same title, written by Alice Walker and also gave Whoopi Goldberg her start in movies as well as featuring great talents. What made both the book and the movie so unique, aside from the subject, is that it is dealt with from the perspective of the woman; Miss Celie.

The film centers on the life of Celie, a young girl of about 14 or 15 years of age who is sold into marriage to a man much older than herself for the sake of caring for his home and children since his wife’s passing. Celie has known a life of hardship at the hands of her father who forced himself upon her which resulted in the birth of two children; a son and a daughter, who her father stole from her and sold to another family. The only consolation that Celie has is in the close relationship that she has with her younger sister, Nettie.

Although Mister, as he is known, agrees to marry Celie, the actual object of his affection was her sister Nettie who the father refused to allow him to marry. Before long Nettie comes to stay with her sister because of their father’s advances in her direction which seems to encourage Mister. When Nettie refuses these advances Mister separates the sisters and denies them contact over the next 30 or so years.

After her sister’s departure Celie settles to her life of abuse and misery but soon finds a kindred and kind spirit in her husband’s lover; Shug Avery. Celie is thankful for Shug’s presence as it deters Mister’s abuse and treasures her friendship and help. The movie offers great memorable characters and life lessons for all. The best lesson is that of redemption when Celie curses Mister prompting him to finally do right by her and reunite the two sisters.

The Color Purple is a 1985 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 34 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 78.

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  • Release Date
    1985
  • MPAA Rating
    PG-13
  • Runtime
    2 hr 34 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (79,827)
  • Metascore
    78