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Celie is a poor black girl who fights for her self-esteem when she is separated from her sister and forced into a brutal marriage. Spanning 1909 to 1947 in a small Georgia town, the movie chronicles the joys, pains, and people in her life. Adaptation of Alice Walker's acclaimed book features strong lead from Goldberg (her screen debut), Glover, Avery, and talk-show host Winfrey (also her film debut). It's hard to see director Spielberg as the most suited for this one, but he acquits himself nicely, avoiding the facileness that sometimes flaws his pics. Brilliant photography by Allen Daviau and musical score by Jones (who co-produced) compliment this strong film.

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Available on Running time 154 minutes.

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Civil Rights, Buddies, African America, American South, Women, Top Grossing Films of 1985, Producers: Steven Spielberg, Books to Film: Alice Walker
Menno Meyjes
Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, Willard Pugh, Akosua Busia
Allen Daviau
Steven Spielberg
Chris Boardman, Quincy Jones
Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Warner Bros.


Directors Guild 1985: Director (Spielberg); Golden Globes 1986: Actress--Drama (Goldberg); Natl. Bd. of Review 1985: Actress (Goldberg).

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The Color Purple
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It is 1930 and in Georgia at that time, racism and prejudice was the norm between African Americans and whites. Celie Johnson (Whoppi Goldberg) is only 14 years old when her step father rapes her. By age 17 she has her 2nd child and her step father sends the kids away. Celie thinks that he had the children killed. Celie has a sister Nettie that she loves very much and is then separated from her when her step father forces her to marry a local farmer.Celie has a hard life and keeps losing the people that matter the most to her. Celie also has to spend time in prison. This 1985 movie is very good and it focuses on the friendship and family bonds that women have. The ending is very good because Celie gets to see her sister Nettie again and her children that she thought were dead.