COLOR PURPLE, THE
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, THE COLOR PURPLE marked the big-screen debuts of both Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards® and was a major box-office success. An epic tale spanning 40 years, the film traces the life of Celie (Goldberg), an African-American woman living in rural Georgia in the first 40 years of the 20th century. Sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband Albert (Danny Glover), Celie survives incredible abuse and bigotry through her friendships with Sofia (Winfrey), the wife of Albert's son from a previous marriage, and Shug (Margaret Avery), his mistress. Throughout everything, Celie perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister, Nettie (Akousa Busia). An all-too-rare cinematic exploration of the impact of racism, sexism and domestic violence on black women, THE COLOR PURPLE marked a significant departure for director Steven Spielberg and was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also composed the score. DIR/PROD Steven Spielberg; SCR Menno Meyjes, from the novel by Alice Walker; PROD Quincy Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall. U.S., 1985, color, 154 min. RATED PG-13
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