• Lagaan

    ★★★ Watched by Lagaan 22 Mar, 2015

    This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life.

    Forgotten Spielberg Masterpiecev.Whoopi Goldberg performance was awesome.

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  • John Guerin

    ★★★½ Watched by John Guerin 15 Mar, 2015

    Goldberg's performance is magnificent, a radiant guiding light through the films emotional prism, through its peaks and its valleys. I wept. [B]

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  • jalva

    Watched by jalva 14 Mar, 2015

    Read the book.

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  • BSeebach

    ★★★½ Added by BSeebach

    The Color Purple (1985,) Directed by Steven Spielburg is I title I’ve heard many times, but had no interest in looking into. In fact, if I didn’t HAVE TO watch it, I never would have even considered it. Although I probably won’t watch it again, it is definitely a good film. All the necessities are there. Good cinematography, acting, story, etc. All the pieces came together smoothly and in just the right way as to keep me depressed until the…

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  • Jesse

    ★★★½ Added by Jesse

    I just watched this movie in 2014 and I had no idea how close it was to being a musical, both behind the scenes and even onscreen. Spielberg, just make a damn musical already!

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  • KAMILLE

    ★★★★ Watched by KAMILLE 08 Mar, 2015

    I've never been a big fan of Spielberg's other famous period drama - Schindler's List, as it dragged for me and was unnecessary long and boring at parts and this one suffers from the same treatment. It's respectable of course and you have to appreciate the effort but as it is with Schindler's List, it's the performances that truly make it unmissable. Whoopi Goldberg is UNDENIABLE in this, as was Desreta Jackson playing the young version of Celie. Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey provide stunning support work.

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  • Andrew Ford

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Andrew Ford 16 Feb, 2015

    A fascinating, flawed, and utterly unique entry in Spielberg's filmography. The fact that he's so evidently out of his comfort zone at times only casts this film's considerable strengths into sharper relief. This is one of the most unassailable testaments to one of Spielberg's greatest gifts as a filmmaker (arguably the key thing that elevates him so far above his contemporaries) - his great empathy for his characters.

    One of the more subtle flourishes that distinguishes this new phase of…

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  • BryanVazquez

    ★★★★ Watched by BryanVazquez 04 Feb, 2015

    Last Wednesday’s screening was Steven Spielberg’s 1985 melodrama, The Color Purple, starring Whoopie Goldgerg as Celie, the main protagonist, Danny Glover as Albert, her abusive counterpart, and Oprah Winfrey as Sofia, the strong-minded female of the film. The film begins Celie and her younger sister, Nettie, playing in the fields and instantly we see their close sisterly bond they share with each other. This scene follows with Celie giving birth to her second child which, just like her first, is…

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  • Gregory_Pricoli

    ★★★★ Watched by Gregory_Pricoli 04 Feb, 2015

    The Color Purple directed in 1985 by Steven Spielberg is a film based on the novel by Alice Walker. The film centers on Celie Harris a young African American woman from her childhood to adult life. The film also is the debut of Whoopi Goldberg as an actress.
    Spielberg is able to take us on an emotional roller coaster through Celie Harris and the extended family she is against her own choice a part of. It isn’t everyday a film…

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  • Kathleen

    ★★★ Watched by Kathleen 04 Feb, 2015

    Spielberg’s Oscar nominated 1985 hit, The Color Purple felt like the director’s attempt at adapting an important piece of literature onto the big screen but getting scared of making things too intense and serious, in which he used slapstick comedy to lighten up the cruel scenes.

    The Color Purple is an adaptation of Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which follows the story of an African American woman’s (Celie) struggles living in the southern United States in the 1930s.…

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  • mseger

    ★★★½ Added by mseger

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In 1985 Steven Spielberg directed “The Color Purple” a film depicting the life of an African American girl in the early 1900’s. We’re led into the film with fast moving dolly shots through a field of Purple flowers as two little girls, Celie(Whoopie Goldberg), and her sister, Nettie, (Akosua Busia) run wild with youth, only to reveal a pregnant Celie as she walks out of the high grass, and colorful pedals. Not but long after we see her giving birth…

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  • Albert

    ★★★½ Watched by Albert 04 Feb, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Color Purple could deceptively be colorless…but not entirely colorblind

    There is something to be said for leaving well enough alone, if by well enough you happened to be reading the novel by Alice Walker in which is depicted a young, African American adolescent who is impregnated twice by her father, raped by her husband and covertly engaged in a lesbian incest affair with her sister and best friend, then yes, well enough could be an understatement. But taking the…

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