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Director: Steven Spielberg     Starring: Danny Glover Whoopi Goldberg
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Color Purple-Special Edition DVD 1 of 1

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Sku: 40216762
UPC: 085391831921
UPC 14: 00085391831921
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The life and trials of a young african american woman
Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/4/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 153 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1985
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 18319
Video UPC UPC: 00085391831921
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Akosua Busia
Video Cast Info Oprah Winfrey
Video Cast Info Adolph Caesar
Video Cast Info Willard Pugh
Video Cast Info Margaret Avery
Video Cast Info Danny Glover
Video Cast Info Whoopi Goldberg
Video Cast Info Rae Dawn Chong
Video Cast Info Alice Walker - Source Writer
Video Cast Info J. Michael Riva - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Michael Kahn - Editor
Video Cast Info Allen Daviau - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jon Peters - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Quincy Jones - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Frank Marshall - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Guber - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Quincy Jones - Composer
Video Cast Info Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
Video Cast Info Menno Meyjes - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Goldberg,Whoopi
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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