• loureviews

    ★★★★ Added by loureviews 2

    The film version of Alice Walker's hugely emotive and influential 1983 novel (written largely as letters from the central character Celie to God) was a massive Oscar success, and rightly so.

    In the role of the abused and awakened Celie, Whoopi Goldberg gave her best screen performance by miles. Not far behind her was Oprah Winfrey as Sofia, the fiery woman tamed by fate. Others in the cast fleshed out the characters Walker had introduced so clearly on the page…


  • Carlos Rodríguez

    ★★★★ Watched by Carlos Rodríguez 04 Oct, 2009

    Based on the great epistolary novel of the same name, The Color Purple is an emotive film adaptation that captures the essence and spirit of the source material flawlessly. While it's much lighter in its treatment of certain topics, it's quite compelling in its representation of the main characters and main plot events. It was well told, it had a beautiful cinematography, and the cast was stunning. Whoopi Goldberg was absolutely splendid in the role of her career, and she was joined by Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, and Oprah Winfrey, among others, who were also remarkable.


  • Agnis

    ★★★½ Watched by Agnis 24 Aug, 2014

    Slow and long but intense and interesting story. I don't think I've seen a Danny Glover movie to date where I actually enjoy his acting and it doesn't look fake.


  • JOKain II

    ★★★½ Watched by JOKain II 21 Aug, 2014

    Some seemingly tangential, yet still emotionally rewarding subplots, and a few melodramatic scenes, but it still has some wonderful humor and great payoffs at the end.


  • Cameron Casper

    ★★★ Rewatched by Cameron Casper 18 Aug, 2014

    At its core, this is an extremely disturbing film, but in Spielberg's optimistic sheen, it's full of hope, comedy, and forgiveness. I'd almost like to see what this film would be like under the direction of a more cynical, harsh realist like Michael Haneke. There'd probably be a lot less pratfalls through roofs.


  • Matt Conti

    Watched by Matt Conti 11 Jul, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    It's kind of hard to forget over her more notable nature as a public figure that Whoopi Goldberg is a pretty damn great actress, or at least as far as this film goes. This is the kind of performance that's balancing so many things at once that you're sure it could topple over into hammy acting at any point, but it never does.

    The influences John Ford had on Spielberg were always obvious (then…


  • kyri

    ★★★★★ Watched by kyri 13 Aug, 2014

    This is a long film, and it handles very sensitive issues, furthermore it derives from a very critically acclaimed book. In short a recipe for a disaster but luckily for movie history and us, Steven Spielberg at his prime was behind the wheel.

    Surely some scenes are a bit overly sentimental but this is overall a very powerful and excellent film - not going to lie, cried like a little baby. Arguably It is mostly about femininity than racism but…


  • Timtenenbaum

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Timtenenbaum 02 Aug, 2014

    Directed by Steven Spielberg

    Grade: B

    Clearly an important film in Spielberg's career, "The Color Purple" was his first attempt at material this serious - or as Spielberg has put it: "Every movie I made before goes better with the smell of popcorn. 'Color Purple' didn't." It's tough to imagine him tackling movies like "Empire of the Sun", "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan" without "The Color Purple", which follows a young African American woman named Celie Harris in the…


  • Christopher Bowes

    ★★★ Watched by Christopher Bowes 27 Jul, 2014

    I bet this thing had the 1985 Internet going nuts.

    The misery of The Color Purple is like a big water balloon that gets squeezed and stretched and sloshed around, and at the end it bursts open into a happy-tear rainbow. That's cool (and very Spielbergian), but I kind of liked the misery. Sometimes it's more fun to walk around squeezing a water balloon than to actually throw it. The film is more provocative and stirring before the difficult-to-watch final…


  • Jorge Reymão

    ★★★★ Watched by Jorge Reymão 27 Jul, 2014



  • Charlie Derry

    ★★★★ Watched by Charlie Derry 25 Jun, 2014

    A film that has stuck long in my head after watching. Whoopi Goldberg gives an excellent performance, and Spielberg handles the story and the adaptation well. The story is moving and even quite emotional towards the end, but you'll often find yourself rooting for Goldberg's character, which is where my enjoyment came from.


  • Bill Shannon

    ★★★★½ Added by Bill Shannon

    A powerful, at times overwhelming soap opera of three decades of life for a collection of blacks in Georgia. The focal point is Celie (Goldberg) a young girl married off to a domineering man, "Mister" (Glover).

    When Celie is separated from her sister, she feels she has no one left to love her. So she simply exists, and learns to live without any love. (Mister will not be giving her anything resembling love.)

    When a jook-joint singer (Margaret Avery) shows…