The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who's forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister.


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Bronze goes to The Color Purple, because they lost to the champs (FGT).

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Jan 30, 2021

one of my all time favorites steven spielberg meets storytelling equals genius. and the cast was amazing. if you watch this movie now on dvd and online streaming . it's still 35 years ahead of
it's time.but the color purple is one those movies you watch on tcm for bhm. it's truly one of my all time favorites.and it's one of the greatest movies of all time.

Jul 24, 2020

Well-intentioned, earnest, uneven, sometimes powerful adaptation of Alice Walker's influential novel. It stirred some controversy both for its content (rape, abuse, violence, bad men) and for it being a black story taken over by white filmmakers. Steven Spielberg was desperately trying to be taken seriously in the mid-80s and made this and "Empire of the Sun" to get some respect. Spielberg does succeed in bringing a difficult book to the screen and he directs an almost all-black cast, including Whoopi Goldberg (in her first role), Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey, which was rare for the time. It doesn't feel like other Spielberg films, largely because of the setting and material, yet his sentimental streak creeps in and undermines the story at times. It's worth it for the performances and the depiction of the black female experience, although you can't help but wish a different director had done it. Look for Laurence Fishburne in a small role. Quincy Jones did the music.

Apr 17, 2020

Very dramatic

Aug 19, 2016

Couldn't get into it, therefore I didn't finish it. Some of this was due to the fact that it kept skipping 5-10 minute chunks at a time. May try in the future as there are 3 copies. Til then, its a waste of time in my book.

Jul 17, 2015

Laughably bad- I don't know what Spielberg was thinking. Talk about overrated- this is the MOST overrated movie out there.

Jul 16, 2015

This is a 1985 American period drama directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker.
The film tells the story of a young African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African American women faced during the early 1900s, including poverty, racism, and sexism.
Celie is transformed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions.
Heart-wrenching at first, however, it ends up heart-warming.
It is an inspirational and thought-provoking drama.

Mar 25, 2014

You know, I'd easily bet anyone $100 that director Steven Spielberg figured that he was really-really doing Blacks a big-big favor by making this film._____ But, with the way I see it - If The Color Purple doesn't prove to the viewer, once and for all, how much Blacks truly hate one another, then nothing will. This film puts Blacks in such a bad light that I'm truly surprised that nobody boycotted it upon its initial release back in 1985._____ I'd certainly say that with a movie like The Color Purple and with the White-Supremacist mentality of Spielberg's, Blacks don't need the KKK anymore - 'Cause it isn't White prejudice that Blacks need to fear. No. It's the deep-rooted hatred that Blacks obviously have for each other (as is evident in this film) that's the real issue here._____ Personally, I thought that The Color Purple, as a film, has been far too over-rated for its own good. And I also thought it absolutely hilarious that this film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, but it didn't win a single one. You can certainly bet that the high'n'mighty Steven Spielberg was definitely banking, big-time, on snagging a few of those trophies to cram into his already over-crowded display cabinet.

May 06, 2013


RobertLR Apr 23, 2013

Fantastic story shows a great deal about that period and relationships

Jun 23, 2012

I had a lot of mixed feelings whilst watching this film. Even though it had plenty of powerful, poignant scenes, music and characters, I still felt that it fell flat at times. I also suspected it to hold its own throughout like "Fried Green Tomatoes" did for me, but I was disappointed. Of course, that is not to say that I did not like this movie. I found it a brilliant piece! Another thing I want to bring to the surface was that this film was categorized as a "lesbian" film. The only girl-girl action that I saw here was Celie and Shug kissing. Other than that, I did not get a "lesbian" feel at all. It's a great movie nevertheless!

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