The Color Purple

DVD - 2003
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Color Purple
The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who's forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister.


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This is based on the novel by Alice Walker. Set in the South in the early 20th century, it tells the story of Celie, an African American woman forced to live a life of abuse and squalor. Her life is not that different from that of a slave and the emotional arc of the film echoes that of 12 Years ... Read More »

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Mar 25, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

You know, I'd easily bet anyone $100 that director Steven Spielberg figured that he was really-really doing Blacks a big-big favor by making this film._____ But, with the way I see it - If The Color Purple doesn't prove to the viewer, once and for all, how much Blacks truly hate one another, then nothing will. This film puts Blacks in such a bad light that I'm truly surprised that nobody boycotted it upon its initial release back in 1985._____ I'd certainly say that with a movie like The Color Purple and with the White-Supremacist mentality of Spielberg's, Blacks don't need the KKK anymore - 'Cause it isn't White prejudice that Blacks need to fear. No. It's the deep-rooted hatred that Blacks obviously have for each other (as is evident in this film) that's the real issue here._____ Personally, I thought that The Color Purple, as a film, has been far too over-rated for its own good. And I also thought it absolutely hilarious that this film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, but it didn't win a single one. You can certainly bet that the high'n'mighty Steven Spielberg was definitely banking, big-time, on snagging a few of those trophies to cram into his already over-crowded display cabinet.

May 06, 2013
  • movie20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Apr 23, 2013
  • RobertLR rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic story shows a great deal about that period and relationships

Jun 23, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I had a lot of mixed feelings whilst watching this film. Even though it had plenty of powerful, poignant scenes, music and characters, I still felt that it fell flat at times. I also suspected it to hold its own throughout like "Fried Green Tomatoes" did for me, but I was disappointed. Of course, that is not to say that I did not like this movie. I found it a brilliant piece! Another thing I want to bring to the surface was that this film was categorized as a "lesbian" film. The only girl-girl action that I saw here was Celie and Shug kissing. Other than that, I did not get a "lesbian" feel at all. It's a great movie nevertheless!

Jun 14, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very dark movie and difficult to watch, but it will make you feel.

Jun 08, 2012
  • Legomyeggo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favourite movies! There were some parts where I was crying my eyes out and some really touching moments. This is a MUST- SEE movie.

Dec 03, 2011
  • kwarah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WHERE WERE THE GODs when the young girl, Cecil in the land of LIBERTY is forced in to a life-time isolation, subjugation, deprivation & torment & keeps praying for mercy from the GODs she learned to worship?

The Novelist Writer Alice Walker stories & imaginations might NOT have been too far from the everyday reality of 1900 century America, but watching this painfully captivating film makes one see the wickedness of mankind & the prayers, dreams, ideals, determination & hopes of another.


Feb 01, 2011
  • amyjade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best movies I've seen. A classic. Whoopi Goldberg is excellent.


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Jun 24, 2012
  • Phenomenal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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