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Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America's rural south. Whoopi Goldberg, winner of the Best Actress Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination, makes a triumphant screen debut as the radiant, indomitable Celie, the story's central character. Her impressive portrayal is complimented by a distinguished cast that includes Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong and Akosua Busia. The Color Purple marks a new, more mature color in Spielberg's artistic palette. It is an exquisitely crafted, landmark film that will be treasured and talked about for years to come.
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 6.87 Ounces
- Item model number : 883929137725
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
- Run time : 2 hours and 34 minutes
- Release date : January 25, 2011
- Actors : Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Whoopi Goldberg
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Steven Spielberg, Jon Peters, Kathleen Kennedy, Peter Guber, Frank Marshall
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B0045D3N2U
- Writers : Menno Meyjes
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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Spielberg does not get enough credit for tackling these intensely disturbing topics. He handles them well by directing sincere moments with close ups, intimate moments with silhouettes, long panning shots for establishing his setting, parallel edits to show juxtaposition, and deep still shots of intense emotion that linger in your heart. The Color Purple is filmed immaculately and with a tender care to be respectful to his subject matter. Spielberg uses tasteful metaphors and pans away from the most disturbing scenes, but you always know what is happening. It's very clever and always classy. I am still emotional from having just watched this brilliant movie again after having first seen it over a decade ago. The Color Purple leaves such a strong impression.
A quick mention to Quincy Jones' excellent score for The Color Purple. He creates a variety of gospel, soul, blues, and more for each scene. His compositions flavor each moment with deep emotion that perfectly adds to the tone. Jones layers the atmosphere and time period with delicate and gripping music in the air.
The main highlight I think that most audiences will note is the remarkable performances by the cast of The Color Purple. Whoopi Goldberg lays down her greatest performance as an actress ever. She's quiet and subtle, but ever so expressive. She captures the fear and loss that Celie experiences with such grace and sorrow. You can see her suffering and anguish with every shot of her sad eyes. I am still moved by her emotional acting.
The supporting cast is just as exhilarating and devastating. Oprah is incredible as the boisterous and independent Sofia who endures a truly harrowing separation. Her range as an actress really shines here. Oprah eats up the scenery in perhaps her most memorable performance. Margaret Avery is also very engaging as Shug Avery the singer. She starts out so shallow and Avery plays her exponentially sympathetic over the course of The Color Purple. You are rooting for her by the end. She displays such warmth and kindness as Avery.
Finally, Danny Glover plays the meanest, cruelest, sickest, craziest, and most unsympathetic monster of a husband with such wicked confidence. Glover's acting is truly inspired as he is never one note as the evil Albert Johnson. A lesser actor would have played Johnson as only awful all the time, whereas Glover builds up why and how Johnson's character is so heinous. He even gets a saving grace at the end that Glover plays with a quiet empathy. It's the performance of a lifetime that gets overlooked as the leading ladies of The Color Purple are all magnificent. You have to see Glover in The Color Purple as he really makes you hate his despicable Johnson character. Glover embodies his role with a vicious glee and complex feeling. He really stands out and makes you uneasy with each appearance in his scenes.
In short, The Color Purple is breathtaking. Easily one of Spielberg's absolute best films. It's an underappreciated classic that I highly suggest you revisit or experience for the first time.
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I have just recently watched Steven Spielberg's film version of The Color Purple and it was equally as enjoyable as the stage production. Whoopi Goldberg’s plays the role of Celie in an amazing debut screen performance as well as Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover – again a very strong and emotive film that helped me understand the story better, perhaps I should have watched the film version first.
This film plays with your emotions, at times funny but very moving throughout. This is cinema at its BEST.
Next on the list is to read the original book The Color Purple by AliceWalker.
My advice would be to watch the Bluray version; it's just stunning and wonderful to watch. There have been some great films about the `South' over the years: Roots, Deliverance, A Time to Kill, Django, The Help & 12 Years a Slave, to mention but a few. However, this is right up there with any of them and five stars all the way. Of course, all of these films are different; I was trying to think of what made this film so different - even though the theme is fairly typical of the `South'. The film has sex, but it is not overly done, it has violence, but it is not overly done either. It typically has the African American despair, but also much pluck too. Several characters refuse to be down-trodden, even by their own? Whilst many of its themes are grim, the film remains light with much humour - in short it's just a wonderful story.
All the characters are compelling and suck you right in, they are superbly acted by all. For me the film has everything, without the trendy violence, explicit sexual scenes and the usual profanities?
Spielberg has made some outstanding films over the years, but it is hard think of one, that will leave you as uplifted, at the end, as this one?
It was `nominated' for an unprecedented eleven academy awards but mind -numbingly won none! I think one can make their own conclusions about that?
Considered something of a curates egg, this is Spielberg's 1st Adult movie (although people apparently forget Sugarland Express), based on Alice Walkers bestseller-this movie examines physical, psychological abuse within a household.
Spielberg's attachment at the movie's time of release (1985-6) I think because of been so well known, as primarily a family entertainer.
Spielberg did much to attempt to dispell this image with this movie-followed by Empire of the sun
The Blu-Ray transfer is an improvement over the dvd for sure but I feel that there's still room for a better release in the future. The film isn't excepcionally sharp but i think it has more to do with the original intended look than with the fault of the transfer. The sound is okay and all the bonus features were transported from the dvd.
Still it is worth the upgrade as it is a masterpiece that will be enjoyed for many more years to come!