• 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…


  • Gaston

    ★★★★ Added by Gaston

    It's woefully uncommon to see a movie of this scale anchored by an all black, predominantly female cast-- with lesbian undertones no less! That this was made in 1985 makes it all the more surprising (it's Oscar shut out, less so). I put this off for years because I assumed Spielberg was out of his depth with the material but found that, despite a few sentimental missteps, this was a thoughtful and moving drama, with performances that are as good as they come. Color me impressed.


  • SJHoneywell

    ★½ Added by SJHoneywell

    Watch this film to learn
    That all men suck and are weak.
    Sorry, but that's shit.


  • No-Personality

    ★★★½ Rewatched by No-Personality 15 Jun, 2014

    At this point, like with every Spielberg film, the audience has taken it out of his hands completely and each makes of it what they want it to be.

    As for me, I've decided to ignore its dishonesty on the technical end and let the actors bring the best intentions behind what is really a huge turkey of an overbearing Hollywood drama about race, religion, and empowerment to life. Technically, yeah- it couldn't be phonier. But more often than not,…


  • Jimmy Jones

    ★★★★½ Added by Jimmy Jones

    One of Spielberg's most underrated films. I swear, if Spielberg was black, a lot of the complaints about this film wouldn't exist. So what if it's a little sentimental? It's an intimate character drama, and there's enough heartache in there as is. Did people actually want to see more of the rapes, and lesbian sex scenes between the two friends? This was made in the 80s, and it wouldn't have gotten by the censors. I find this to be an…


  • Travis Wagner

    ★★★★ Watched by Travis Wagner 27 May, 2014

    A well-executed and poised adaptation of Walker's novel, although the real star and success of this film comes by way of the performance Goldberg provides.


  • TJ Duane

    ★★★½ Watched by TJ Duane 25 May, 2014

    The Color Purple is saved by the performances and Spielberg's directorial choices, because there are plenty of warts in this film. The score was already dated in 1985, the tone is wacky at times, and some scenes plain don't work--ie the scene with Shug and her dad and the church, the scenes where Sophia goes to jail, etc.

    Some scenes are spectacular, though. When Celie is thinking about slitting her husband's throat--perfect editing and tension building. Even better, when Celie…


  • Brendan Brown

    ★★ Added by Brendan Brown

    I despise this film on a narrative level but good goddamn do I love how the camera signals a rapist's intentions. Why isn't Spielberg making unabashed horror movies?


  • washington

    ★★★ Watched by washington 21 May, 2014

    I imagine the thought process behind making this was that Spielberg wants an oscar and clearly making fun films wasn't working so why not make a Ghandi, but more American. That's pretty damn crass and the material could have turned out pretty weird or horrible (see Demme's Beloved which I like but boy is it a mess), but somehow despite being a recipe for disaster not aided by the acting style promoted and supposed stars the film turned out to…


  • Owen Hughes

    ★★½ Watched by Owen Hughes 28 Mar, 2014

    I think The The Color Purple holds a personal record for the longest time I've had a disc from LOVEFiLM sitting on the side before actually getting around to watching it.

    It's just one of those films that I only added to my rental list because of the director. I didn't really feel any desire to watch it. In my mind, it was a schmalzy Oscar baiting story of a black American woman in the early 20th century being oppressed…


  • Bill Shannon

    ★★★★ Added by Bill Shannon

    I don't think I've ever cried so hard at the end of a movie.