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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don't-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover's son from a previous marriage. Alas, Sofia is humbled when she is beaten into submission by angry whites. Later, Celie is able to forge a strong friendship with Albert's mistress Shug (Margaret Avery). Emboldened by this, Celie begins rifling through her husband's belongings and finds Nettie's letters. Able at last to stand up to her husband, Celie leaves him to search for a new life on her own. A major box-office hit, The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Akosua Busia, Danny Glover
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 28 minutes
Starring Akosua Busia, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Leonard Jackson, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
Director Steven Spielberg
Genres Drama
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 21 July 2003
Main languages English
Subtitles Arabic, English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 28 minutes
Starring Akosua Busia, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Leonard Jackson, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
Director Steven Spielberg
Genres Drama
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 31 January 2011
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish, Portuguese
Subtitles English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish
Hearing impaired subtitles English, German, Italian

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2004
Format: DVD
"What do you want for mother's day?" was the question that started it. My mum answered to try and get her The Color purple on DVD. I did and I think I'm a bigger fan than her and she loves it!
The film centres around a young woman named celie played by the fanatstic Whoopi Goldberg. Celie is bullied all her life, by her step father and husband...even her own kids. Her life is miserable. the only thing that brightens it up is the bond of love she has for her sister. But, "Mr" her husband breaks that bond and Celie doesn't see Naide for many many years. There seems to be no hope for her.
The film tells the story of Celie's life from her second born child (who later is adopted despite celie's determination to keep her). Her marriage is a nightmare and we feel real sympathy for her downtrodden character and anger towards her husband (played very well by Danny Glover) It's not all doom and gloom however, as Oprah Winfrey makes a memorable appearance as Sophia, wife of Celie's step son Harpo. Don't mess with Sophia is all I can say. And DON'T call her a heffer! Celie takes solice in her friendship with her husband's mistress Shug Avery. Shug tries to coax a more confident Celie out of what she sees. Celie's only hope in life is that one day, she might see Nadie again.
This film isn't just full of the color purple, it screams with brightness and hope. The music is outstanding including the parallels drawn between America and Africa. The soundtrack had everything...lazy music which suggests the hot days on Mr's farm and the music of the African safari. There is also a strong gospel theme with some uplifting music to partner the hope of the film. A lot of characters have inner demons to fight: Shug, Celie, Sophia, Harpo...even Mr. As to who conqurs those demons I won't say.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By christopher on 9 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
Not being a very big spielberg fan (shock)i was roped into watching this so called "womans" film with a friend of mine i was very sceptical about the film subject and some of the actors and actresses playing the roles. However it was one of the best film experiences i have encountered moving in some places and harrowing in others spielberg has delivered an absolute classic which touches the heart and handles the difficult subject matter with care and precision.whoopi goldberg gives an outstanding peformance and was well worthy of her oscar nomination and was very unlucky not to win it.Add a very good danny glover and a fantastic performance by oprah winfrey and you have a great modern day classic. exceptional movie, exceptional acting,exceptional viewing .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Thomson on 13 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
Celie is a young girl who has a tough life in Georgia, pregnant at 14 with her father's child; the death of her mother and being sold off in a forced marriage with Mr. (who in the film is given the first name, Albert). She yearns for a better life and has nobody in the whole world-expect her sister, Nettie-who truly believes in her........

The Color Purple was actually a big hit at the box office when originally released in 1985 and at least set to win the top prize at the academy awards-the best picture had it not been for a controversial backlash. Sadly, this has been dug in the ground and forgotten about.

Although the book we know acts as a diary for Celie's frustation against the world, only some of her letters remain in the cut (even though a voice over is heard for the majority of the film where the other times, the action is visual) which includes the death of her mother; being sold off to Mr and her times with Shug Avery.

Spielberg treats the material very carefully, adding his unique magic (although sometimes it is notable that it becomes uncomfortable and a tad ridiculous) heartbreak of their lives desperate to live seperate identites. There is a lot of material that is cut from this adaption that includes Nettie's missionary time in a greater light; acknowliding Celie's sexuality (expect for some clues that are still apparent), her relationship with Shug and forgiveness with Mr.

Spielberg tries his best to make this film accessible for the sort that may never read the book or find it too hard-going and depressing which at times it can become.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2008
Format: DVD
This is one of the most amazing films of all time - one of those movies that will change your life forever just by sitting down and watching it once. It gives alot of insight into the way life was for some (not all)black people in the early 1900s in the more rural parts of America - especially black women.

The story revolves around Celie, a young woman from the age of around eleven has endured some incredible hardships. Her mother is dead and the only person in the world who actually cares for her is younger sister, Nettie, an intelligent and prettier alternative to Celie's homely looks and slight naivity. By the time Celie is thirteen years old, she's already had two children from her sexually abusive father which were both sold to outsiders who couldn't have children.

Nettie catches the eye of a local farmer - a widower known as "Mister" who has children and needs a wife immediately. Celie's father is approached by "Mister" who wants to marry Nettie, however, Celie's father is less enthusiastic about the idea, and palms off Celie on him instead (having his eye on Nettie himself).

So Celie is "sold" to Mister and sent off to live on the Johnson farm as less of a wife and more of a slave. Mister is selfish, arrogant, and abusive, the children are imputant and troublesome and the house is in a state of complete disarray with the mess bordering on unlivable.

After some time, Nettie arrives needing a place to stay after their father won't keep his hands away from her. Celie knows this is a bad idea as Mister also has his eye on but would rather have her sister with her where she can try to protect her - impending doom is on its way and the sisters know it; Nettie strives to teach Celie how to read and write and Celie strives to keep Mister happy.
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