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The Color Purple (1985)

US 154m, Colour
Director: Steven Spielberg; Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Desreta Jackson, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery,  Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong

color-purpleHugely divisive among critics, with many suggesting that the characters are offensively stereotypical and the screenplay is overly manipulative, The Colour Purple is nevertheless a gorgeously filmed and brilliantly acted drama. Adapted from Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name, the film is about extraordinary challenges facing a poor young African-American woman at the turn of the 20th century. Both traumatic and inspirational, The Colour Purple is an emotion-filled sweeping narrative of the highest order (Klaus Ming November 2012)

2 comments on “The Color Purple (1985)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    The main things I remember about this movie, which I saw when it came out, are how good Goldberg and Winfrey were, and the fact that it seemed to have a really good ending but then the picture continued on for another twenty minutes for some reason. I don’t remember the details.

    • Klaus

      I had a similar memory of it, and with my recent re-watching, I wasn’t disappointed. It holds up well, and the performances are as good as I had remembered. Still a little long 🙂

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