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Super Reviewer
½ March 7, 2016
Well acted and filmed (of course, it's Spielberg after all) but ultimately too long and with some unfitting humor. A condensed version would have worked much better. There are several touching scenes but overall it sadly left me a bit unimpressed. Certainly one of Spielberg's weaker films.
½ February 24, 2016
Powerful and unforgettable, "The Color Purple" is a strong portrait of black feminism led with great performances.
½ February 21, 2016
The Color Purple was a vivid reality of the history of this country. The actors were phenomenal and portrayed their characters very well. Throughout the movie you would feel yourself in the place of those inside of the movie and you would feel fortunate about what you have. It is a movie that enriches your perspective and teaches you about humanity and how we have changed out values since those times depicted in the movie. The story flowed well from beginning to end with no gaps in the plot. There were also no spots left untouched or any scene not explained. By the end of the movie you didn't have any questions left to ask. I would have enjoyed more of a surprise ending, but that's just a personal preference and did not go with the tone of the film. I however do not recommend this film to watch with your parents because it gets a little awkward at times.
½ February 8, 2016
Good and fairly realistic melodrama.
January 18, 2016
it was different than Spielberg's other works. that's it.
January 13, 2016
very powerful and moving one of the best dramas of our time.
½ December 12, 2015
An emotional, engaging story about a black woman who has to overcome a lifetime of suppression by the men in her life in order to find happiness.
December 2, 2015
My reaction to "The Color Purple" shows growth, disturbance, unforgiveness, and a lot of emotions involved. It puts me in the state of mind that I would have not survived the things that went on in the 1900's. What caught my attention in the movie for example, was the relationship Whoopi Goldberg (Celie) and Danny Glover (Mister) had. The way that Whoopi Goldberg told the story made me feel as though I was in the movie myself. One of the hardship scene in the movie was when Mister separated Celie and her older sister Nettie just because she did not want to serve him and or be his wife. I would recommend this movie to families and friends.
Super Reviewer
November 9, 2015
Alice Walker's novel comes to the screen under the direction of Steven Spielburg the director that brought you some of the biggest blockbuster hits of the era including "Jaws", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind","Raiders of the Lost Ark",and more. This was indeed one of the top ten films of 1985 and to understand on its golden 30th anniversary why this movie moved audiences so deeply and why the greatness of this masterpiece was not by perfection or logic but by heart. Despite what critics and some audiences who may have inconsistencies or confusions or improbabilities,but there is one perfect thing at it's center,and that is the character of Celie,played with riveting and emotional fire by Whoopi Goldberg in her first ever theatrical role that consisted of its predominately African-American cast that also included Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Laurence Fishburne,and Adolph Caesar. Because of her electrifying performance,"The Color Purple" became a phenomenon upon it's release and a runaway boxoffice hit becoming one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1985. The movie was nominated for an impressive 13 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture,Best Director(Steven Spielburg),Best Actor(Danny Glover),Best Actress(Whoopi Goldberg),Best Supporting Actress Nominations for Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery,along with Best Supporting Actor(Adolph Caesar),and Best Original Musical Score for a Motion Picture(Quincy Jones)which was the first time in any Spielburg produced film that composer John Williams did not compose a film score for a Spielburg movie. Out of the amazing 13 Oscar nominations that it received it did not win a single Oscar(it lost the Best Picture Oscar to Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa) but it was among number eight of the top ten highest grossing films of 1985(behind that year's top grossing movie which was "Back To The Future" that was produced by Steven Spielburg). It also marked at the time of it's release the only movie that featured a diverse cast of talent including some that were newcomers like Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg who turned out astounding performances. "The Color Purple" focuses on the character of Celie,a woman cruelly treated by the world,a shy,frightened little creature whose life is consists mostly of eluding the men who want to rape and beat her. Her eventual flowering provides one of the most joyous experiences that expands through the years 1909 to 1949 where she is treated like a non-human by a brutal farmer she calls Mister(Danny Glover) who beats her,uses her as a servant and a low-life and convinces her that she is ugly. But here is where the film blossoms and Celie finally gets revenge on Mister too(the scene where Celie is shaving Mister with a straight sharp razor where she is about inches from cutting his throat),along with other characters that blend into this movie. The movie itself takes place in a scene that resembles more of "Green Pastures" or "The Grapes of Wrath"(filming of this movie was done in North Carolina within Anson County and Union County within the towns of Wadesboro, Lilesville, Sneadsboro, Marshville,and Morven to give it a more rural setting). "The Color Purple" was Whoopi Goldberg's first major performance and it earned her the Oscar nomination for Best Actress,and it remains her best because she was allowed to draw from her inner truth and not required to play a sappy or comic role. She has had other true moments including a scene of personal revelation in "Fatal Beauty",and another Oscar nominated performance in "Ghost" along with some astounding work portraying civil right icon Rosa Parks in 1990's "The Long Walk Home",and playing the wife of Medgar Evers in 1996's "The Ghosts of Mississippi". These movies and a few others show that Whoopi was a serious actress when she did "The Color Purple", and "Ghost",and we really lost her when she started playing second hand characters such as nuns("Sister Act" sequels),and playing off the radar "Star Trek" characters not to mention we totally lost her when she went from acting into the daytime talk show circuit of garbage. "The Color Purple" upon it's release was released exclusively in larger citles on December 20, 1985 with New York and Charlotte,North Carolina getting the film's world premiere. It went into general release everywhere in February of 1986.
½ October 3, 2015
A more character-driven film than Spielberg has done before, and as such it is a triumph. This is a tragic and ultimately inspiring tale, more concerned with educating than entertaining (and that isn't necessarily a bad thing).
½ September 27, 2015
Sublime performances overcome a tonally uneven effort from Spielberg. The drama is undercut by too frequent (or not frequent enough) comedy moments.
September 26, 2015
September 3, 2015
The Color Purple: My favorite movie of all time. This film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Alice Walker, features iconic acting performances and an incredibly moving musical score and is an emotional roller coaster about injustice and redemption that vividly captures the essence of the American South in the early 1900s. A masterpiece. A+
August 18, 2015
A beautifully done and very touching film about the struggles of family to find its way back together.
½ August 18, 2015
At times is easy to think this challenging story could have perhaps been suited to a director with a more understated approach, at others it feels like only Spielberg could paint these larger than life emotions so broadly across a canvas and still make sense of it. For all its brutality at the start it's realism falls away as things progress, the last half hour really strains credulity to the point of breaking the immersion, but if it is taken as a presentation of how things should have gone, then the powerful sentiment still wins through.
½ August 5, 2015
One of most mature opus of Spielberg.Touching story of a wild,unsinkable rose;outstanding score courtesy of Quincy Jones
August 3, 2015
Brutally honest, and increasingly emotional. A woman's triumph against an abusive husband, whom she was sold into marital slavery, is warm and brilliant. A great story, with a memorably ending.
July 29, 2015
Starring Whoopi Goldberg in an outstanding performance, The Color Purple is a solid adaptation of the novel its based on, clearly exposing the emotion of the original novel
May 30, 2015
I've seen the movie at least 50 times but funny how each time I watch this film I still love the climax of my own anticipation for what's about to happen lol
½ May 25, 2015
Spielberg is blessed with an amazing cast of actors to translate Alice Walker's brilliant novel to the screen. Whoopi Goldberg delivers a heart-crushing performance which can't be ignored. Allen Daviau's cinematography adds to the sweeping power of the piece. Sadly, in comparison to the book, the story has been softened a bit too much. This may have made the movie more accessible to the mainstream in 1985, but The Color Purple could have been so much more than it is.
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