• 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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  • Kyle Pletcher

    ★★★★ Watched by Kyle Pletcher 04 Feb, 2015

    Steven Spielberg’s
    The Color Purple
    Tell Nobody But God

    “I'm poor, black, I might even be ugly, but dear God, I'm here. I'm here.”
    —Celie Harris Johnson

    The sky is not a limitation, it’s a goal—a privilege strived for by those reluctantly lacking the autonomy that grants sovereignty over nature’s great boundless firmament. It is a universal symbol for independence and a reminder of the vast space we inhabit; where countless other hopefuls exist. Day and night cycles serve as…

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  • MaryAdams

    Added by MaryAdams

    Comedic Seriousness That Works

    Repetition. Repetition. Repetition. (Yes, I have already self-refuted myself. now that it’s out of the way I will continue) Consistency in your life makes you feel comfortable. It’s possible you don’t feel yourself if you are not repeating something. Repletion is boring almost to the point of exhaustion. That is why when I heard I had to sit through The Color Purple I groaned softly in my head. Just what I love, slow depressing films complaining…

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  • ebonywashington

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by ebonywashington 04 Feb, 2015

    The Color of Strength
    -Ebony Washington

    Through my 10 year old lens, The Color Purple felt like a film with very strong characters and beautiful scenery. It is a film that I’ve always known because of the famous quote said by Sophia (played by Oprah Winfrey), “I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I kill him dead before I let him beat me!!” At 10 years old, I understood what the premise of this wonderful film was about, but…

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  • jpuia

    ★★½ Added by jpuia

    The Color Purple is the type of film that attempts to command sympathy from an audience but instead drowns them in a watered-down cess pool of emotion.

    Now that I’ve said how I feel in it’s most extreme sense, I think it’s only fair to talk about some of the things that the film has done superbly well, most notably being acting. Everyone involved in the cast gave the utmost fine-tuned performances. For me, the most striking players being Danny…

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  • MichaelAllar17

    Rewatched by MichaelAllar17 04 Feb, 2015

    The Color Purple. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (1985)

    The film The Color Purple (dir. Steven Spielberg, 1985) was one that as I re-watched caught me off-guard. Having seen the film before, I was impressed almost immediately of how recognizable the style of Spielberg was. I felt as the camera tracked around the colorful Southern landscape and the lighting fantasized the themes, it was all too clear who was the director. Even the theme had notes of a Jurassic Park crescendo…

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  • Luke Van Brandenburg

    ★★★ Watched by Luke Van Brandenburg 04 Feb, 2015

    Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones...The Color Purple. Obviously, the latter film sticks out from the rest, but all are products of director Steven Spielberg. While his earlier films were feel-good blockbusters, Spielberg decided on a change of pace and adapted Alice Walker’s 1982, Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Color Purple.” The novel is about a young black woman named Celie, living life in the Southern United States during the early 1930s. While the book is known as a serious read, Spielberg’s…

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