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The Color Purple Reviews

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½ July 3, 2016
Overly sentimental, still that won't drain out the film's fine performances delivered by Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey (in her debut role). "The Color Purple" is definitely one of Spielberg's greats and he tackled several themes that filmmakers of today are afraid to handle. It's funny, it's crowd-pleasing, and it make you believe in humanity again. One of my favs.
June 8, 2016
Superior acting and writing ... Such a touching story that I can watch over and over again through the years!
May 25, 2016
When you think of 80's Spielberg you think friendly aliens, adventurous archaeologists and escapist magic, but the 80's was also when the berg started to get blockbuster fatigue and wanted to be taken seriously, so he went about the ambitious task of adapting Alice Walkers The Color Purple for the big screen, a difficult book that many balked at the idea of a white man directing, especially a white man primarily known for popcorn flicks (clearly these fools never really paid attention to the sheer mythic force of his storytelling) the movie of The Color Purple can be a bit Narratively uneven but it's powerful and richly told cinema all the same, and it's also the film that introduced Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey to the world. Concerning the brutal and cruel life of Celie (Goldberg) who is sold to a proper bastard "Mister" (a terrifying Danny Glover) at a young age to bow to his every rotten whim, and is separated from her sister Nettie along the way. It's a tough watch but is made palatable and watchable by the truly terrific performances from Goldberg, Winfrey and Margaret Avery as the glamorous Shug, and by the rich, detailed gorgeous filmmaking from Spielberg. True, the movie can be a little bit overwrought and overblown but the master filmmaker injects every frame with life and power. Bold and tough but ultimately moving and beautiful, told with intoxicating vividness. This is a gem. Also, get your hankies ready.
½ May 24, 2016
About 20 minutes into this movie I kinda thought I would spend a majority of the film rolling my eyes at the cheese and piles of cliches thrown in but believe it or not I was completely won over by it!
The performances are stellar across the board, Spielberg delivers on the gorgeous shots, and the story's brief musical moments are a real highlight. It may not rank in the highest echelon of Spielberg's film library but it's definitely worth people giving it another look.
April 4, 2016
The Color Purple é um drama de época que ficou marcado como um clássico do cinema, produzido por Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Quincy Jones e Frank Marshall. Baseado no romance de Alice Walker, Menno Meyjes adaptou para o cinema esse que era a oitava direção de Steven Spielberg, estrelado por Danny Glover e Whoopi Goldberg com participações de Oprah Winfrey e Margaret Avery. O filme teve onze indicações ao Óscars, quatro ao Globos de Ouro e uma indicação ao BAFTA, apesar das inúmeras indicações só recebeu um Globo de Ouro por melhor atriz de drama entregue a Goldberg. Lançado em Dezembro de 1985 o drama mostra os problemas de mulheres afro-americanas enfrentados durante o início do seculo XIX, incluindo a pobreza , o racismo e o sexismo. A direção de Spielberg talvez seja a base solida do sucesso, o ritmo constante e cruel leva as personagens para um espiral de dor e sofrimento, sem esperança de qualquer melhora, os atores comprometidos leva o publico ao desespero com um realismo desconfortável.
March 19, 2016
One of the best movies not to win all of the Oscars it was nominated for. Whoopi Goldberg and Margaret Avery are sensational.
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.
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+
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