The Color Purple

The Color Purple

Steven Spielberg (1985)

15 Certificate


Our Score
On this film's release, it was fashionable to castigate director Steven Spielberg for his somewhat glossy, sugar-coated version of Alice Walker's celebrated and hard-hitting Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a young black woman's struggle for self- and racial identity. Yet this is actually an impressive, dignified attempt to turn a radical and often difficult book into mainstream entertainment with a message, which is a ticklish task at the best of times, but one to be tackled devoutly. Whoopi Goldberg is wonderful in the lead, Danny Glover and Margaret Avery are sublime, and watch out for a pre-TV-fame Oprah Winfrey playing very out of character.


A much-abused black woman is separated from her children and her sister, and doomed to a life of virtual slavery at the hands of her brutish new husband on an impoverished farm in rural Georgia. Steven Spielberg's drama, based on Alice Walker's novel, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery and Willard E Pugh.

Cast & Crew

Celie Whoopi Goldberg
Albert Johnson Danny Glover
Shug Avery Margaret Avery (2)
Sofia Oprah Winfrey
Harpo Willard Pugh
Nettie Akosua Busia
Young Celie Desreta Jackson
Old Mister Adolph Caesar
Squeak Rae Dawn Chong
Miss Millie Dana Ivey
Pa Leonard Jackson
Swain Laurence Fishburne
Director Steven Spielberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray