The Color Purple
The Color Purple (1985)

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 16, 1985
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sentimental tale that reveals great emotional truths in American history.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Spielberg may not have been the best choice to direct this feminist text, making a clean, neat movie that lacks authenticity, but the movie has many touching moments and the entire female ensemble is good, particularly Whoopi Goldberg in the second half

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A far better film than is usually thought.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...we can forgive Spielberg his indulgences when the outcome is so profoundly moving.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Overrated, but still a good film.

Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Spielberg's first big drama is often hokey in places but ultimately succeeds.

Randy White
Common Sense Media

Inspiring, sentimental tale of survival.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Brilliant, disturbing storytelling by Spielberg with standout performances.

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Spielberg's classicism comes to be appreciated in a goosebumps-inducing send-off for Mister.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Well acted and filmed (of course, it's Spielberg after all) but ultimately too long and with some unfitting humor. A condensed version would have worked… More
Matthew Slaven
Smart, poignant, honest, subtle, and thoroughly moving. The story reminds me of The Shawshank Redemption, only we are following a southern black woman in the… More
Mister Caple
Alice Walker's novel comes to the screen under the direction of Steven Spielburg the director that brought you some of the biggest blockbuster hits of the… More
familiar stranger
For me, it's a feel-good movie that's good but doesn't get any better. Quoting a few lines from the song towards the ending: "God is trying… More
Mike S
Disturbing and uncomfortable, yet also unmistakably beautiful. There are many contradicting qualities here that are in steady conflict with each other. On one… More
Jim Careter
A beautifully made movie that makes me smile every time I see it. This movie gives me peace whenever i see this, the fields, the flowers, the skies, ad… More