The Color Purple

The Color Purple
The Color Purple
  • PG-13
  • 2h 36m
  • 1985
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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.

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Critics Consensus: A sentimental tale that reveals great emotional truths in American history.
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Common Sense Says
Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Color Purple is an intense drama adapted from the novel by award-wining author Alice Walker. It deals with serious themes -- incest, marital abuse, overt racism and sexism -- that are not appropriate for young children. On the other hand, mature teenagers will benefit from seeing the movie, as it will open their eyes about the difficulties women -- especially black women -- experienced in the early 20th century. Many scenes include glimpses of violence and abuse, all against women, but here are also positive messages about the importance of women's relationships with other women, the power of the sisterly bond, and the human capacity to overcome oppression.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 18, 1985
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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