The Color Purple

The Color Purple (1985)

It's about life. It's about love. It's about us.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1985-12-18
  • User Rating: 7.8/10 from 743 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Amblin Entertainment
  • Production Country: United States of America
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An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.

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  • Whoopi Goldberg

    as Celie Harris Johnson
  • Margaret Avery

    as Shug Avery
  • Danny Glover

    as Albert Johnson
  • Akosua Busia

    as Nettie Harris
  • Oprah Winfrey

    as Sofia Johnson
  • Willard E. Pugh

    as Harpo Johnson
  • Desreta Jackson

    as Young Celie Harris
  • Rae Dawn Chong

    as Squeak
  • Adolph Caesar

    as Old Mister
  • Dana Ivey

    as Miss Millie
  • Leonard Jackson

    as Alphonso "Pa" Harris
  • Bennet Guillory

    as Grady
  • John Patton Jr.

    as Preacher
  • Carl Anderson

    as Reverend Samuel
  • Susan Beaubian

    as Corrine
  • James Tillis

    as Henry "Buster" Broadnax
  • Phillip Strong

    as Mayor
  • Laurence Fishburne

    as Swain
  • Peto Kinsaka

    as Adam
  • Lelo Masamba

    as Olivia
  • Jeris Poindexter

    as Jook Joint Patron
Directing Steven Spielberg Director
Writing Alice Walker Novel
Writing Menno Meyjes Screenplay
Production Steven Spielberg Producer
Production Frank Marshall Producer
Production Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Production Quincy Jones Producer
Production Peter Guber Executive Producer
Production Carole Isenberg Producer
Production Jon Peters Executive Producer
Camera Allen Daviau Director of Photography
Editing Michael Kahn Editor
Art J. Michael Riva Production Design
Art Bo Welch Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Richard Alonzo Makeup Artist
Sound Quincy Jones Original Music Composer
Art Linda DeScenna Set Decoration
Sound Alan L. Nineberg ADR Editor