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The Color Purple (1985)

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An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.
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Incluvie Movie Critiques


Sarah Erskine
August 27, 2020
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I have seen this film a thousand times, and it still makes me cry. Based on the book by the incredible Alice Walker, we follow Celie on her horrific journey through life. She is abused beyond belief, ripped from her sister's arms and her only sense of happiness. Celie develops some female friendships along the way, and these women show her an option that she has never known - how to stand up to men. It doesn't always work out well, as we see with Winfrey's character, Sofia. In this film, Celie literally grows from a child to a woman, we also see Celie gain confidence and grow into herself as a strong, Black woman. I do wish a Black female could have directed, as it would have been interesting to see it in another tone. Spielberg chose to change the tone from the much bleaker and quiet novel to more boisterous characters and beautiful landscape in the film. Sometimes scenes feel slightly comedic or the characters seem like caricatures, and I don't know if that is the result of a White male director, or necessary to give the audience some reprieve from the brutality. Either way, the exceptional performances, especially by Whoopi Goldberg, make it a classic.

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An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.

Rating:PG
Genre:Drama
Directed By:Steven Spielberg
Written By:Menno Meyjes
In Theaters:12/18/1985
Box Office:$146,292,000
Runtime:154 minutes
Studio:Amblin Entertainment, The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros. Pictures

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