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The life and trials of a young african american woman


Studio Warner
SKU 40216762
UPC 085391831921
UPC 14 00085391831921
Format DVD
Release Date 2/4/2003
Rating Rating
Battered Women
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Steven Spielberg's masterful adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel stars Whoppi Goldberg, in her impressive screen debut, as Celie, a sharecropper's daughter living in rural Georgia. The film opens in 1909 when Celie is a young girl, a victim of incest, pregnant with her father's child. Ugly and unloved, separated from her children and her sister, Celie's only option is marriage to an abusive, philandering husband (Danny Glover) who treats her little better than a slave. Her life changes forever when her husband brings his mistress, a beautiful blues singer named Shug (Margaret Avery), into the house. THE COLOR PURPLE was also the film debut for Oprah Winfrey, who beautifully plays Celie's sister-in-law, Sofia. THE COLOR PURPLE was nominated for 11 Academy Awards (including one each for Goldberg, Avery, and Winfrey) but surprisingly won no Oscars, and although the film was nominated for a Best Picture award, Spielberg was snubbed by the academy and was not nominated for Best Director.
Plot Summary
Summary Steven Spielberg's gentle film is a masterful adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a southern black girl's rise from tragedy to personal triumph through the course of her lifetime. The acting in the film is superb, including terrific performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, and Adolph Caesar.
Sight and Sound "...Remarkably faithful in incident and detail to Alice Walker's original..." 03/01/1985 p.135-6
New York Times "...Momentum, warmth and staying power....[Goldberg] eventually grows into a tremendously compelling figure..." 12/18/1985 p.C18
Los Angeles Times "...An intimate story of suffering, endurance and triumph....Distinctive and deeply moving..." 12/18/1985 p.C1
Entertainment Weekly "...Goldberg's stoic turn will go down as one of cinema's great breakouts..." 03/21/2003 p.133
Chicago Sun-Times "...A heartbreaking, joyous masterpiece..." 02/07/2003 p.22
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Spielberg] elicits career-best performances from Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey..." 03/01/2011
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]ull of riveting set-pieces, bravura filmmaking and great performances from Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey." 03/01/2011
Steven Spielberg
Danny Glover
Whoopi Goldberg
Cast & Crew
Akosua Busia - Star
Oprah Winfrey - Star
Adolph Caesar - Star
Willard Pugh - Star
Margaret Avery - Star
Danny Glover - Star
Whoopi Goldberg - Star
Rae Dawn Chong - Star
Alice Walker - Source Writer
J. Michael Riva - Production Designer
Michael Kahn - Editor
Allen Daviau - Director of Photography
Jon Peters - Executive Producer
Quincy Jones - Producer
Steven Spielberg - Producer
Frank Marshall - Producer
Peter Guber - Executive Producer
Quincy Jones - Composer
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
Menno Meyjes - Screenwriter
Steven Spielberg - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1985
Catalog ID 18319
UPC 00085391831921
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 153 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Goldberg,Whoopi
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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