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Plot: 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... Runtime: 154 mins Release Date: 17 Dec 1985
Spielberg's 1st "Serious" Film Is Beautiful and Powerful... (by Don-102)
A film that can make you shed tears of sadness and tears of joy would be considered quite a step in the career of a common filmmaker. The fact is, Steven Spielberg, probably our greatest story-teller, has been doing this in various movie formats for years. THE COLOR PURPLE, at the time, was considered risky, especially after action classics like JAWS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. In hindsight, this film should have come as no surprise, for Spielberg had made us cry tears of joy and sadness in E.T. Critics called COLOR PURPLE his entrance into intellectual fare. It is quite an entrance. No <more>
special effects, no swashbuckling, just brilliant story-telling based on a literary classic by Alice Walker. One surprise is how Spielberg could present such a moving film about African-Americans in the deep south. Slavery is gone, but in the south depicted here, it seems as though blacks are using other blacks as slaves. Spielberg is always put down for sentimentalizing his pictures or adding an element of childishness to please the audience. This is really the first of overlooked films from his career that you cannot make these observations. It is the first in a line of films people either didn't see or wouldn't see because there are no aliens. EMPIRE OF THE SUN, ALWAYS, SCHINDLER'S LIST, etc.. His awesome talent is obvious with this specific picture because A he uses mostly untrained, first-time actors, B he tackles a subject most felt was unadaptable to the screen, and C it is pure drama with no strings pulled where characters grow and change over the passage of roughly 30 years. It is almost epic-like in look and scope and the fact that it did not garner a single Academy Award from 11 nominations is a travesty and an insult.Whoopi Goldberg is fabulous as the tortured Celie, an unattractive woman given away by her incestuous father to an abusive Danny Glover, who she only knows as "Mister". The film follows a path of occasional beatings and mental torture she goes through while with "Mister". The PG-13 rated film is pretty open to the sexual issues raised by the Walker novel. This is not "The Burning Bed" in Georgia by any means. There is no blatant revenge taken as might be expected. It happens gracefully. Goldberg perfectly plays a human being, someone in need of love and someone who deserves it. The films' most poignant and heartbreaking moment comes when Goldberg and her sister, Nettie played by Akosua Busia are separated, maybe forever. Possibly foreshadowing Holocaust separation of child and parent? You may have to check for a pulse if you are not moved by this sequence.The color purple stands for the beauty of the fields and flowers surrounding these poor people. There really is something to live for, but love triumphs over all. Spielberg bashers take note: the guy can make an unforgettable classic without any cute aliens.RATING: 10 of 10
This film captured my heart from the very beginning, when hearing Quincy Jones' first notes or seeing the wonderful color of purple of the flowers in the meadows. This is truly a film to cry and die for...! The whole cast gives the best performance in a film I've seen in years and Spielberg has really outdone himself! Whoppi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey oh lord! , Danny Glover, and the others, all give us their best and you can feel it - almost touch it! Goldberg IS Celie, she gives her that insecurity and feeling of inferiority that is needed for the character, and we grow <more>
with her, we grow strong together with her, throughout the movie, and we triumph with her. Margaret Avery is wonderful as Shug Avery, even when she's at her most arrogant, and shows us that "sinners", indeed, "have souls too". The always sympathetic, charming Danny Glover makes a marvellous job at making people hate him and the magnificent music of I'd say sir Quincy Jones adds even more beauty to this splendid film! The photography, the music, the director and the music makes this beautiful, soulful movie into an experience of life. You don't want to miss it! "Sista'...remember my name..."
I gave this film 10 not because it is a superbly consistent movie, but for it's pure ability to evoke emotions in its audience. The story of one-woman's-struggle-against-all-odds is an old cliché by now, but very few films have carried it off with so much warmth and sincerity as The Color Purple.It also showed a different side to the African-American experience - showing that after slaves were granted freedom many fell into the ways of the hated 'white man' and were abusive of their own people. I find this an important point as it goes against the <more>
portray-white-on-black-violence-and-win-an-Oscar trend.Also the acting performances are superb - especially Oprah who I now have a new found respect for.Well worth watching - but keep some tissue handy.
Should have won at least a few Oscars (by les6969)
It is amazing that this film though nominated for 11 did not win any Oscars and Mr Spielberg was not even nominated for Best Director. This is a film about a young girl dealing with abuse who tries to find love and family. The fact that the characters are black is secondary but also educates those who are ignorant of just how bad things were for blacks in the south, not just because of racism but because of the problems that the community itself chose to ignore. Incest is a strong subject for any film to cover but Mr S does it brilliantly in a way that moves all the right emotions in <more>
us.Danny Glover plays his role perfectly,Whoopi Goldberg shines out as the main character and has never really repeated her performance in any film since,Oprah Winfrey is amazingly good and deserved an Oscar, Margaret Avery,Adolph Caesar, Laurence Fishburne,Rae Dawn Chong,Akosua Busia,Desreta Jackson, Willard Pugh,Leonard Jackson,Carl Anderson,and other cast members all did a fine job and each character comes to life.So why was this film snubbed by the film academy? Maybe it is racist? Maybe it is the strong sexual subject matter? Whatever the reason it will go down as one of the worst decisions in Oscar history.
This was the first Steven Spielburg movie i truly fell in love with. Everything about it stylistically was on point. The clothes, the hair, the location, the props, the language or lack thereof , everything lends to a true authentic picture of black life from about 1910 until the late 1930s. Whoopi did a wonderful job as "Celie", as did the young lady who played the younger version of the character the one who took the brunt of the abuse . Glover was perfectly cast as "Mister". With one or two exceptions, Oprah hasn't been as fine of an actress since she was <more>
"Sophia" though, when you're the richest woman in the Milky Way, who needs to be consistent?! You GO girl! Margaret Avery was the spirit and breath of "Shug" and Tina Turner was right to turn it down; she would've been awful, I think. Rae Dawn Chong, Larry Fishburne and the rest of the lesser characters gave the movie the appropriate fullness and depth needed to truly capture the spirit of the book. My one problem? I wish they would've added the last scene of the book as the last scene of the movie! Come on, Stevie, baby! You could've given us those extra two or three minutes!
this was one of the most moving movies i have ever seen. i was about 12 years old when i watched it for the first time and whenever it is on TV i my eyes are glued to it. the acting and plot are amazing. it seems so true to reality and it touches on so many controversial topics. i recommend this movie to anyone interested in a good drama.
huge achievement from Spielberg (by didi-5)
The film version of Alice Walker's hugely emotive and influential 1983 novel written largely as letters from the central character Celie to God was a massive Oscar success, and rightly so.In the role of the abused and awakened Celie, Whoopi Goldberg gave her best screen performance by miles. Not far behind her was Oprah Winfrey as Sofia, the fiery woman tamed by fate. Others in the cast fleshed out the characters Walker had introduced so clearly on the page - Danny Glover as Albert, Celie's abusive husband; Margaret Avery as Shug, a force of change for the good; Willard Pugh and Rae <more>
Dawn Chong as Harpo and Squeak; Susan Beaubian as Corrine, the preacher's wife; and the much-missed Carl Anderson otherwise best known as Judas in the 1973 film of Jesus Christ Superstar as preacher Samuel.Beautifully paced and sensitively written, 'The Color Purple' does justice to its source while opening out the story to involve viewers of a feature-length drama.
An under-appreciated gem from Spielberg (by sme_no_densetsu)
These days Spielberg's "The Color Purple" is mostly remembered for being nominated for eleven Oscars and winning zilch. What's even more alarming is that Spielberg himself wasn't even nominated for Best Director. Needless to say, the film-makers deserved more acclaim than they were accorded.The story concerns the trials and tribulations of Celie Johnson Whoopi Goldberg , an African-American woman dominated at first by her incestuous father and then by her abusive husband. The film spans several years and focuses mainly on Celie's relationships with the women around <more>
her. It's told from a decidedly female perspective but you needn't fear that it's a saccharine 'chick flick'.The story is an interesting one, livened with humour at times although the central character's struggles are paramount. Some may not appreciate the change in tone towards the film's end but I didn't mind even though similar content in a lesser film would likely have me rolling my eyes.The film received three Oscar nominations for acting: Whoopi Goldberg Best Actress , Oprah Winfrey Best Supporting Actress and Margaret Avery Best Supporting Actress . I think that Goldberg and Winfrey were certainly deserving and Danny Glover was unaccountably stiffed.As already mentioned, Spielberg didn't receive a Best Director nomination for his efforts. Such an omission beggars belief, since Spielberg's direction here is top-notch. I'm not especially crazy about Quincy Jones's score but it's not below average by any means.In the end, the story is a satisfying one, well-told by a master film-maker working from Pulitzer Prize-winning material. Give it a try and you'll probably be as baffled as I am about how it could be so poorly treated on Oscar night.
A compelling, tear-jerking masterpiece (by broadwaybaby39)
When I heard that Whoopi Goldberg had been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Celie in this film, I was not at all surprised after seeing it. She was compelling, she tugged at your heartstrings, and you can't help but cheer for her when she finally stands up to Mr., her husband who had made her life so miserable up to this point. Another performance I very much enjoyed was Oprah Winfrey as Sofia. I was surprised, to say the least, that she could act this well. She was funny, strong, but she was also weak in some respects, like any other person.Now, as with all movies, there were <more>
a few things I would have changed. I wished it could have been more like the book, where Celie and Shug Avery are full-on lovers, complete with cheating and reconcile, whereas in the movie, all they have is one little kiss, and after that are only friends! The former, in my opinion, establishes Celie as different from others, and sort of makes her more sympathetic in that respect. Another thing I liked better in the book than the movie was that Mr., AKA Albert, apologizes to Celie for all he's done to her and becomes her friend, sympathizing and trying to help when it is found out that Shug has been unfaithful to her. In the film, this development of his character is present, just not very clear.Even though it has flaws, what movie, no matter how wonderful, doesn't? It's still beautiful, sad, the acting is still top-notch, and I guarantee you, if you don't at least FEEL like crying at the very end, you must have ice-cold water running through your veins.