• The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple

Release Date: 1985

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 1997

PG-13 |2 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson (Danny Glover), things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.

Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Willard E. Pugh, Adolph Caesar, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Guber-Peters Company, Amblin Entertainment

Keywords: Husband, Moving, Emotional, Growing up, Forbidden love, Daughter, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The affirmation at the end of the film is so joyous that this is one of the few movies in a long time that inspires tears of happiness, and earns them. The Color Purple is the year's best film. show more

  • 63
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    What's wrong with The Color Purple - and nothing that's wrong with it keeps it from being a joy to watch - is what you'd expect of Spielberg: he chews on Alice Walker's hard edges until they're gummy. [21 Dec 1985]

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    To miss this film is to cheat yourself and your family of a memorable moviegoing experience. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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