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The Essentials: The Color Purple (1985)

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
(PG-13, 154 min.)


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Synopsis: Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey star in director Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. From 1909 to 1949, Celie (Goldberg--Ghosts of Mississippi), a Southern Black woman, gradually gains self-respect as she strives to educate herself and to find love--despite an abusive spouse and a society biased against her race and her sex.​ [Warner Brothers]

Starring: Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre(s): Drama

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"To miss this film is to cheat yourself and your family of a memorable moviegoing experience."

— Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

"It is a great, warm, hard, unforgiving, triumphant movie, and there is not a scene that does not shine with the love of the people who made it. The affirmation at the end of the film is so joyous that this is one of the few movies in a long time that inspires tears of happiness, and earns them. The Color Purple is the year's best film. [1985]"

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times