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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touching
"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...
Published on 16 July 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars watchable
Down to taste really. A continuing, unfolding plot so a steady paced film. Ending could have been better as was somewhat abrupt.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars touching, 16 July 2004
By A Customer
"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.
This film isn't just for those looking for a heart warming story of hope. It can be pretty cruel and at times I was almost moved to tears (christmas as Sophia's). There are no loose ends left in this film. we know exactly what happens to all the amin characters and most end up in a different situation to what they started out in. Simply superb.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars understated classic, 9 Feb 2006
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christopher (solihull, west midlands United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Color Purple (Special Edition) [DVD] [1986] (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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture full of colour!, 24 Aug 2004
Watching Color Purple is indulging yourself in cinema at its charming best-- lovable, well-rounded, deeply emotional and very grounding. Yes, the characters are as stereotypical as stereotypical can be, and there's a lot of theatrical-isque role-play; but what matters the most is that the film's got its heart in the right place and that's what makes it so imminently watchable.
Spielberg's direction is top-notch as he extracts some of the most inspiring performances from the whole cast. Right from Whoopi's Goldberg sympathetic Celie to Oprah Winfrey's riotous Sofia to Danny Glover's menacing Albert to Margaret Avery's sensuous Shug to Akosua's earthy Nettie... every character's given ample time and space to develop and register an impact, and that's precisely what they do. Of all the threads that revolve around the debauched status of women --- domestic violence, girl infanticide, illiteracy, forced marriages, racism-- what emerges as an absolute winner is the no-holds-barred love of the two sisters-- Celie and Nettie.
What also works for the film is its makers' dedication to set it up in all the rusticity, all the wilderness and rawness of down South and Africa --- the cinematography and the background music is so perfect and so timeless, it doesn't feel a bit dated. The film's an absolute family entertainment (though some scenes can be rather too raw and graphical for teeny-weenies) and its message of love, sacrifice, sincerity and honesty redeeming even the ugliest of existences; of realising one's inside beauty and confidence is really strengthening. Its a yarn well spun and with something so pure, its really hard to find fault with. Maybe the whopping 2.5 hours somewhat blunt the overall effect, but the leisurely mood and the numerous endearing characters keep the tension factor much low and subtle.
Give this one a try... rest assured you'll find yourself laughing and crying with the colourful characters!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a tale of one womans battle for respect and love., 27 Oct 2000
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The film is originally adapted from a book by Alice Walker. The film is about Celie a young black woman, who is abused by her step-farther and becomes pregnant by him, who promptly sells the baby. Celie is later quickly married off to a man that considers her to be worthless and soon her abuse occurs again. She has become a slave to her husband, there is some joy when Nettie her sister comes to stay but soon is forced out by mister (celie's husband). Celie although devestated by their seperation, finds some comfort in visiting friends, but her battle with her husband continues. The only hope she keeps is hearing from her sister. The film is touching and beautifully done, i can not think of anything to fault it. It is a timeless classic, powerfull and moving. Definetly one to watch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fields which are made of colour, 13 Mar 2007
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I. Thomson "The music, book and film fanatic" (Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Color Purple (Special Edition) [DVD] [1986] (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. Generally, he takes the route of the relation and bonding of Celie and her sister, Nellie to emphasise their closeness which is at the heart (even though the characters of Shug Avery, Sofia and Harpo receive a lot of screen time and attention) to help relieve the viewer from the distressing pain that Celie suffers from the hands of Mr, if only necessary or appropriate. Quincy Jones (writing two songs alongside Lionel Ritchie) contributes a brillant score, which was probably the result of the release of the musical.

However, despite being a very fine and admirable adaption, the film strays away from the book which loses some of the charm, honesty and hope plus the brave absent of stereotype attitudes of men where Walker is keen to tell us there are always two sides to the story they face in their lifetime-a massive blow. Speilberg however does make this entralling and more entertaining than it should be and he certainly makes good use of the locations especially the warm red sun and bright striking purple fields.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!, 19 July 2006
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P. Solomon "Croydon Buff" (Croydon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Color Purple (Special Edition) [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
If your idea of a good film is shootings, murders, explosions and vice, it may not be for you. If you have other interests then it IS! The film should have cleaned up at the oscars but the predominantly black cast may have been why it didnt. The film studies mens attitude to women at the time and white to black. Femenists will be seething and chauvanists may think again. Oprah Winfrey and Whoopie Goldberg are no less than sensational in their roles.

All creeds and colours over 14 should see this! 100 years has changed us all for the better.....or has it?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up your brain, open your heart, 15 Jan 2001
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This review is from: The Color Purple [VHS] (VHS Tape)
If you fail to be moved by the sheer power of this film, I have no faith left in humanity. The acting, cinematography, scripting and direction is superb. If you have had no contact with the story before, the mix of Oprah Whinfrey, Whoopi Goldberg & steven Spielberg may seem a strange combination, but believe me it works. this film is spell bounding, makes your brain race and your heart weep. One of the most human,moving, blood boiling, heart breaking films of all time. Buy it. Restore your faith in humanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and Inspiring, 17 May 2008
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Dismal Angel "Ash" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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.

The girls are seperated when Mister becomes furious that Nettie won't return his gratitude in ways that would satisfy him, and Celie is heartbroken as Mister exiles Nettie from ever stepping foot near their land again.

Celie succumbs to the life in which has become her prison. And so she grows up a woman in a house where she is little more than a slave and the only person she can really speak to about her woes and thoughts is God.

Following the story, life revolves around Celie, her stepson's wife Sophia(an amazing performance by Oprah Winfrey), and Shug Avery, a blues singer whose influence will change Celie's life forever.

This adaption of the Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name is inspiring, tear-jerking, and uplifting. A breathtaking story of the troubled life of a woman who struggles through dominance and opression still clinging onto hope. Whoopi Goldberg's performance as Celie will blow you away.

My only woe with this movie is some versions of it come on a two-sided disc (as the movie is epic and long) and you have to get up to turn it over to see the second half).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, 20 Oct 2005
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D. Bowers "Drakkyn Dee" (Witney, Oxfordshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Color Purple (Special Edition) [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
This film, I thought was amazing. If you like deep and emotional films this one is for you, keep a box of hankies and a box of chocs by your side and you have the makings of a cozy night in, either by yourself or with your girlfriends. Well made, great acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars turn disc over, 21 April 2013
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I love this movie and it most definately deserves 5 stars, I am only writing a review to let people know you have to turn the disc over to watch the second part of film, the dvd is not faulty as other reviewers have said.
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