• Jussi Hulkkonen

    ★★½ Watched by Jussi Hulkkonen 28 Jul, 2015

    While Spielberg's quaint sentimentalism drains the dramatic impact of the film's more harrowing depictions of post-emancipation life in the South, particularly evident in Glover's character who becomes more of a befuddled stern old man than a despicable abusive one as written, his empathetic strain imbues the film's depictions of female friendship with a warmth that serves the story's themes of strength in solidarity.

    The depiction of the South is ultimately a touch too quaint and fondly golden hued, echoed in…

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  • Lukas Ridge

    ★★★ Watched by Lukas Ridge 20 Jul, 2015

    This is Spielberg's Return of the King. It doesn't know how to fucking end.

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  • Steven Wolf

    Added by Steven Wolf

    Fantastic acting from the women. The men are racist caricatures. Mister is supposed to be abusive and terrifying presence in Celie's life, but he is often played for cheap laughs. Plenty of plot points could have been trimmed. Acting almost saves it.

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  • mmund2

    ★★★★ Added by mmund2

    great story, great characters, great messages

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  • derpzerplin

    ★★★ Watched by derpzerplin 12 Jul, 2015

    I can see how this was well-loved and praised when it was released, but some tonal irregularities kept me from loving it. It's clichéd to say it, but I probably should have read the book.

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  • Wilson

    ★★★ Rewatched by Wilson 10 Jul, 2015

    The Colour Purple is an admirable film. It covers a long period with quiet skill, condensing Alice Walker's well-loved novel with an easy grace. The film is crafted around a fine lead performance by the never-better Whoopi Goldberg, with strong support from Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. It is beautifully shot, if a little soft-focused, by Allen Daviau, and Steven Spielberg restrains his natural inclination for grandness, replacing it with an intimate warmth. The Colour Purple works impressively when dissecting…

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  • Mickey Chiechi

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Mickey Chiechi 04 Jul, 2015

    CHRONOLOGICAL SPIELBERG-A-THON FILM #9:

    This is a heartbreaking, painful, stomach turning film, but it's not without its joy, a brilliant, bursting color palette and a true myriad of visual gags. The tone is never taken for granted and even the silliest of gags never feels inappropriate.

    Oprah Winfrey gives a hell of a performance, one of my favorites of all time. She's a perfect actor for Spielberg, broad and almost cartoonish, but real, powerful and intimate all at once. It's a shame they never worked together again.

    There is also an impossibly cool Larry Fishburne milling around in the background.

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  • Avalanche

    ★★★½ Watched by Avalanche 04 Jul, 2015

    This is one of those biographically structured films which I always seem to have a problem maintaining interest in, and this is no exception. Things happen, and are either resolved straight away or seemingly stay forgotten for most of the film. At times the film feels like it is agonisingly slow.

    What it lacks in pace it makes up for in just about everything else. Spielberg's direction is at the top of its game in this film. Whoopi Goldburg gives…

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  • FilmGuy1997

    ★★★★★ Added by FilmGuy1997

    This is a very sweet and touching film, with beautiful cinematography.

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  • Christian Alec

    ★★★★★ Watched by Christian Alec 02 Jul, 2015

    There's always a special place in my heart for this film. It's so un-Spielberg like, it's hard to believe it's his film. Outstanding all around but the one star here is Goldberg's transformation from meek lady to a strong independent woman.

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  • Alex

    ★★★★★ Watched by Alex 01 Jul, 2015

    Aw I love this film so much

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  • Vincent van den Ouden

    ★★★★ Added by Vincent van den Ouden

    De eerste serieuze Spielberg waarmee de man wilde aantonen dat hij tot meer in staat is dan louter jongensdromen verfilmen. En dat is hij!

    The Color Purple, gebaseerd op de roman van Alice Walker, speelt zich af in een zwarte plattelandgemeenschap in het Amerikaanse zuiden van begin jaren 30. Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) wordt mishandelt door haar man, maar ze vind redding in haar relatie met drie vrouwen: Shug Avery, een extravagante blues zangeres; Nettie, haar jongere zus die missionaris werk…

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