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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie Whoopi Goldberg, a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert Danny Glover. Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie Akousa Busia, but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the ...
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Overview

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie Whoopi Goldberg, a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert Danny Glover. Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie Akousa Busia, but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don't-take-no-guff Sofia Oprah Winfrey, the wife of Glover's son from a previous marriage. Alas, Sofia is "humbled" when she is beaten into submission by angry whites. Later, Celie is able to forge a strong friendship with Albert's mistress Shug Margaret Avery. Emboldened by this, Celie begins rifling through her husband's belongings and finds Nettie's letters. Able at last to stand up to her husband, Celie leaves him to search for a new life on her own. A major box-office hit, The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc one: ; Award notes ; Theatrical trailers; Disc two: ; 4 documentaries conversations with the ancestors: from book to screen, a collaboration of spirits: casting and acting, The Color Purple: The musical and cultivating a classic: The making of The Color Purple ; Storyboard and photo galleries
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Editorial Reviews

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Steven Spielberg's first cinematic attempt to delve deeper than escapism produced a rich, heartfelt epic that matched the Pulitzer Prize-winning credentials of Alice Walker's novel, receiving 11 Oscar nominations but famously winning none of them. The Color Purple is a triumph of all elements of production design, nominated for its screenplay, cinematography, makeup, costumes, art direction, score, and three of its actresses -- though not for director Spielberg. The snub may have helped push him as an artist toward such prestigious works as Schindler's List. One would hardly guess Whoopi Goldberg's roots were in comedy, given the layered dramatic performance she offers in her first real screen role. Oprah Winfrey (also debuting) and Margaret Avery are the other two-thirds of the heart-breaking dynamic between three black women in Spielberg's brutal world of racial and sexual prejudice. Even Danny Glover's role shows late-blooming sympathy, however agonizingly wrought, which demonstrates the dimension of Menno Meyjes' script. There's nothing simple about this early 20th century South, populated by characters paralyzed by the roles ascribed to them, and wickedly punished when they try to venture beyond their bounds. It boils the blood at the same time that it touches the soul, making for genuinely tear-soaked cinema with a visceral emotional payoff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • UPC: 883929149247
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Digi-Pak / Repackaged
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,396

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Glover Albert
Whoopi Goldberg Celie
Margaret Avery Shug Avery
Oprah Winfrey Sofia
Willard E. Pugh Harpo
Akosua Busia Nettie
Desreta Jackson Young Celie
Adolph Caesar Old Mister
Dana Ivey Miss Millie
Carl Anderson Rev. Samuel
Clarence Avant
Susan Beaubian Corrine
Drew Bundi Brown Jook Joint Patron
Donna Buie Daisy
Reuben Cannon
Rae Dawn Chong Squeak
Marcus Covington Boy
Lillian Njoki Distefano Young Tashi
Jo Ann Doster
Laurence Fishburne Swain
Margaret Freeman Odessa
Bennet Guillory Grady
John Hart Mailman
Leonard Jackson Pa
Hawthorne James Jook Joint Patron
Jadili Johnson Young Adam
Peto Kinsaka Adam
Lechanda Lathrap Child
Marcus Liles Boo
Lelo Masamba Olivia
Maurice Moore Child
Carrie Murray Loretta
April Myers Emma
Daphaine Oliver Young Olivia
John Patton Jr. Preacher
Juliet Poe Church Sister
Jeris Poindexter Jook Joint Patron
Leon Rippy Store Clerk
Job Seda
Katie Simon Church Sister
Howard Starr Young Harpo
Phillip Strong Mayor
Ethel Taylor Church Sister
David Thomas Road Gang Leader
James Tillis Buster
Arnold Turner Jook Joint Patron
Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director, Producer
Richard Alonzo Makeup
Chris Boardman Score Composer
Andrae Crouch Score Composer
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Linda de Scenna Set Decoration/Design
Greg W. Elam Stunts
Peter Guber Producer
Jack Hayes Score Composer
Jerry Hey Score Composer
Carole Isenberg Associate Producer
Quincy Jones Score Composer, Producer
Michael Kahn Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Randy Kerber Score Composer
Steve LaPorte Makeup
Michael Laudati Makeup
Frank Marshall Producer
Tom McCown Set Decoration/Design
Menno Meyjes Screenwriter
Gerald R. Molen Production Designer
Jon Peters Producer
Lionel Richie Songwriter
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel Rosenbaum Score Composer
Fred Steiner Score Composer
Rod Temperton Score Composer
Alice Walker Source Author
Bo Welch Art Director
Robert W. Welch III Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Color Purple - Disc One
1. Credits [3:21]
2. A Daughter [1:37]
3. Dear God [2:44]
4. Married to Mr. [5:31]
5. Looks like Olivia [3:14]
6. Nettie Seeks Refuge [3:54]
7. Lessons [2:45]
8. Sisters Parted [5:20]
9. Mind on the Mail [4:00]
10. Dressing Mr. [4:22]
11. Harpo and Sophia [4:05]
12. Domestic Disputes [6:21]
13. "You Sure Is Ugly!" [3:19]
14. Cooking Breakfast [4:03]
15. Shug's Bath [2:29]
16. Old Mr.'s Cool Drink [3:55]
17. Harpo's Jook Joint [4:05]
18. Miss Celie's Blues [2:50]
19. Harpo's Women [4:11]
20. Beautiful Celie [6:32]
21. Church Memories [2:18]
22. A Friend Departs [:01]
23. Sofia's Tragedy [2:40]
24. Driving and Shopping [2:55]
25. Home for Christmas [3:38]
26. Two Married Ladies [5:47]
27. Letter From Nettie [3:10]
28. Albert's Stash [5:57]
29. Nettie's African Tale [3:11]
30. Close Shave [5:41]
31. Dinner Table Revolt [3:56]
32. Calie's Curse [5:13]
33. Golden Gift [3:23]
34. Albert the Wreck [1:51]
35. Homecoming [4:28]
36. The Color Purple [2:27]
37. Miss Celie's Blues, Maybe God Is Tryin' to Tell You Somethin' [2:20]
38. A Family Reunited [4:58]
39. End Credits (Miss Celie's Blues) [5:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Color Purple - Disc One
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
      Awards
      Teaser Trailer #1
      Teaser Trailer #2
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: English 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- The Color Purple - Disc Two
   Special Features: Conversations With Ancestors: The Color Purple From Book to Screen
   Special Features: A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting The Color Purple
   Special Features: Cultivating a Classic: The Making of The Color Purple
   Special Features: The Color Purple: The Musical
   Special Features: Gallery: Behind the Scenes
   Special Features: Gallery: The Cast
   Web Info
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    MY GOD

    THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE. THERE'S NOT TO MANY MOVIES THAT I CAN WATCH OVER AND OVER. THIS ONE AND TYLER PERRY HAVE BEEN THE ONLY ONE'S I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Color Purple

    The Color Purple is an excellent video/movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    ***My All-Time Favorite Film***

    I have seen this movie at least 100 times, and it is absolutely amazing how this movie can still make me cry. It is such a beautifully, touching story. A classic must see for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oscarworthy movie and performances

    I have never had a movie other than Imitation of Life touch me so personally. I felt the pain, the anger, and the joy of these people. There was no legitimate reason for this movie to not receive several awards. A friend of mine and I have a bet. He says the young soloist on "Maybe God is Trying To Tell You Something" is Shug's daughter. I don't get that impression. I would be interested in what others think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A SPIRIT PICK UP!!!!!!!!!!

    I was only ten when I saw this movie, and loved it ever since. My mother and I have been trying ti find the soundtrack to this movie for the longest, but no one seems to have one. I don't think they made one. The music in tis movie is enough to bring anybody spirits up. My favorie song is God is trying to tell you something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See African American (Black) Masterpiece!

    This film is by far the best movie that I have ever seen! The characters of The Color Purple are so complex and multidimensional that any viewer becomes intertwined with the characters and falls in love with each one. Whoopi Goldberg does an outstanding job! She plays Celie, a humble and not so attractive woman who is forced to spend the greater part of her life serving her abusive husband, Albert, played by Danny Glover. Whoopi's acting is moving in every way. When she cries, the audience cries and when she laughs, the audience laughs. Celie's story of hard times and how she overcame them appeases every black woman that can relate to her struggles. She is by far the centerpiece and focal point of the film that keeps the audience coming back for more. Albert is this physical and physcological bond that keeps Celie down throughout the film. He mistreats her and abuses her in order to feel better about himself. His insecurities are much more deeply rooted than what is obvious, appeasing his "old man." His insecurities evolved from the cycle of internalized racism that developed from years of oppression and racial tension between blacks and whites. Although hardworking, he is obviously a victim of "crab syndrome" and does a wonderful job allowing the audience to despise him. Nettie, sister of Celie played by Akousa Busia, is a beacon of hope for Celie in The Color Purple. Although Nettie is not in the film as much as other characters, her acting is nothing short of excellent. The two's enduring relationship of love is viciously torn apart by Albert as he attempts to keep Celie down. It is Nettie who keeps Celie alive and allows for her to endure so much. The reunion of the two near the end of the film is astounding and will move any "cold-hearted" person. Sofia, wonderfully played by the marvelous Oprah Winfrey, is a strong key black actress in the film. Sofia is an unmoving and headstrong figure, somewhat ahead of her time. She is humbled in a breathtaking way that will move every black man and woman! Oprah Winfrey's acting skills will amaze and move you! Finally, Shug! Good ol' Shug Avery! Shug, played by Margaret Avery, is a strong woman who uses sex and seduction to get what she wants. Margaret Avery's acting is compelling! It is she who sparks the fire in Celie that allows Celie to break away from her life of bondage! Shug is also dealing with living a life of "sin" as an entertainer. She struggles with personal matters too that will touch your heart! The Color Purple is a must see for every black family and any other person who loves to see black actors/actresses perform heart moving films!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marcus

    This is one of the best movies i have ever seen. I think every one should see this one.All of the actors and actress's played their part to the fullest.To tell u the truth I dont even have a favorite part im just in love with the whole movie.PEACE...And GET and/or WATCH the movie if u havent seen it yet...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MUST HAVE IN DVD OR VHS COLLECTION!

    I was extremely young when I first saw this movie. I still watch it till this day. This is most definitely a movie that you can watch over and over...you will never get tired of it. The acting was phenomenal as well as the environment. If you have never seen this movie you must put watching it on your list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MY FAVORITE MONEY

    THIS WAS BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I'VE EVER SEEN. I SAW THIS MOVIE AT LEAST 1,000 TIMES AND CRY EACH AND EVERY TIME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!

    This movie is wonderful. When this movie was first released on video, my mother rented it and we watch it about 15 times! My mother leaves in Jersey and I leave in Kansas City, whenever we are together we watch this movie. Whoopi Goldberg is one of the best actresses of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Color Purple Fans

    Everyone that know's me, will tell you that this is my favorite movie of all times. From start to finish. I can not tell you how many times I have watched this movie. I laugh, cry, get angry, and sing all of the songs. The actors, the scenes, the sound track , I honestly can say there is no other movie, that even come close or that is at the top of my list, except 'It's a wonderful Life' and thats a different catagory all together. I have added this movie to my collection of movies for my family to see years, long after I'm gone. My favorite part is the ending. I still get very emotional. Very Powerful. No other movie is so much apart of me as this movie.Thank You

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie is hot

    this movie is great nothing can take from its breath takin appeal to every aspect of the times i think that every black person needs to see this film this lets you now not to take the things we have now for granted becuase at one time we did not have them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best movie let me tell you why

    This movie is really sad I think that Alice Walker is the best. I know her grandson and he is my best friend. Alice walker was really mad when they took out the Liezban stuff because she wanted people to know the real her but after she saw it I think that she was happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spielberg Commentary?

    I loved this film. I was never sure why it got generally tepid reviews. The Actors are all first rate. Winfrey and Avery were given Plumb roles and ran with them. Glover was spectacular while underacting (for him). And Goldberg in her first Role exuded pathos. The REAL GEM here is Spielbergs Commentary. IF he does have a commentary track on here it would be a first. Despite his Deluxe and Special two-disc versions of movies he has never laid down an commentary track for one of the films on DVD. So it would be a great edition. In fact Scorcese, Allen and SPielberg are conspiciously absent on their DVD's none have ever done a commentary Track. And for those of us who love movies it is the SINGLE MOST important reason to BUy the DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Epic Masterpiece

    Like the book which preceded it, the film was an epic masterpiece. The characters and events, on two distant continents, were shown to be undergoing similar life transforming experiences. Despite the tragic elements, the film reminds us of the resilience in the human spirit common to all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cinematic Perfection

    While Steven Spielberg may have been known for his extravagant and spectacular special effects movies, his handling of The Color Purple shows the other side of extravagant and spectacular. You couldn't have asked for a better cast, a better technical crew, a better set of musicians, and, quite frankly, a better director. This movie was quite dramatic, funny, and suspenseful all the way through, and it left me sitting there with tears of joy running down my face. I became a lifetime fan of Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Steven Spielberg. It's a ''must see''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Movie

    One of the best films of all time and one of my personal favorites. A terrific movie that tells the story of black woman who's become a slave to her life and her ultimate ''escape''. A wonderful adaption of the novel by Alice Walker. Oscar worthy performances by Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg. A must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Triumph

    As an African, and a South African for that matter, watching the movie reminds me of our long walk for freedom. The subjugation of women in our societies, still leaves a bitter taste in our mouths. The women are our daughters, sisters, lovers, wives, mothers, greandmothers, friends, colleagues, you name it. One should therefore think abouthow it would hurt if the shoe was on the other side, or their loved one was faced with the same issue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's about life. It's about Love. It's about Us.

    The Color Purple is about the least likely film one would expect Joe to review and find to be amazing. This is a truly great film. Domestic Disturbance and the life of the woman who lives it, Whoopi GOldberg did a fantastic and astonishingly beleivable job. It's full of love, heart, warmth, and very good acting. Some of the best moments and greatest acting are here, in ''The Color Purple''. ---Joe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest movie of all times

    i have viewed this movie over 100 times, i know every word, every scene. This is a wonderful movie, I can't believe it did not win an oscar, all the actors were great. in one scene you may be crying an in the very next scene you're laughing so hard you're crying, I give this movie 10 stars, it's the greastest.

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