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A powerful story based on alice walker's pulitzer prize-winning novel about a long-suffering black woman named celie, detailing the heartaches and the few joys of her life.


Studio Warner
SKU 204364779
UPC 085391163107
UPC 14 00085391163107
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2007
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Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Alice Walker - Based On Novel By
Allen Daviau - Cinematographer
Bo Welch - Art Director
Dana Ivey - Actor
Danny Glover - Actor
Laurence Fishburne - Actor
Margaret Avery - Actor
Menno Meyjes - Screenplay
Michael Kahn - Editor
Oprah Winfrey - Actor
Peter Guber - Executive Producer
Quincy Jones - Producer
Quincy Jones - Original Music By
Rae Dawn Chong - Actor
Steven Spielberg - Director
Whoopi Goldberg - Actor
Willard E. Pugh - Actor
Winner (1988) Image Award, Whoopi Goldberg, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture,Image Award, The Color Purple, Outstanding Motion Picture
Winner (1986) Golden Globe, Whoopi Goldberg, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominee (1986) Oscar, Whoopi Goldberg, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, Margaret Avery, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Oprah Winfrey, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Menno Meyjes, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Oscar, Steven Spielberg, et. al., Best Picture
Review Adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Spielberg's richly textured film chronicles the saga of a poor, black Georgia family from 1909 to 1947. Though it deviates significantly from the book, it has a raw and evocative power all its own. The acting is solid, the cinematography gorgeous, and the story moving...Nothing demonstrates the power and resonance of Walker's book more than to hear Winfrey talking in one of the features about how she's wanted nothing more in her career, before or since, than to have a part in the movie version of The Color Purple. Strangely, while the book, a first-person narrative in letters, is a quick read, Spielberg's film version seems long at times, with a number of false endings...But some memorable and defining music has been added by Spielberg, who says, "I've been making musicals all my life. I just disguise them as science fiction."
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The film is based on the novel by Alice Walker, who told Celie's story through a series of letters, some never sent, many never received, most addressed to God. The letters are her way of maintaining sanity in a world where few others ever cared to listen to her...The wonderful performances in this movie are contained in a screenplay that may take some of the shocking edges off Walker's novel, but keeps all the depth and dimension. The world of Celie and the others is created so forcibly in this movie that their corner of the South becomes one of those movie places - like Oz, like Tara, like Casablanca - that lay claim to their own geography in our imaginations...The affirmation at the end of the film is so joyous that this is one of the few movies in a long time that inspires tears of happiness, and earns them. "The Color Purple" is the year's best film.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central A work of heart and soul dazzlingly performed by Spielberg's tightest ensemble...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Rich performances...
Scott Weinberg, Spielberg adapts Alice Walker's novel with respect and (heretofore unseen) mature artistry.
Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan Brilliant, disturbing storytelling by Spielberg with standout performances.
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Brilliant photography...

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