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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and Inspiring, 17 May 2008
This review is from: The Color Purple [1985] [DVD] (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.

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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