The Color Purple (1985)

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A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.


  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Danny Glover
  • Margaret Avery
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Willard Pugh
  • Adolph Caesar
  • Akosua Busia
  • Desreta Jackson
  • Rae Dawn Chong
  • Dana Ivey

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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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Some parts of it are rapturous and stirring, others hugely improbable, and the film moves unpredictably from one mode to another. From another director, this might be fatally confusing, but Mr. Spielberg's showmanship is still with him. Although the combination of his sensibilities and Miss Walker's amounts to a colossal mismatch, Mr. Spielberg's ''Color Purple'' manages to have momentum, warmth and staying power all the same.

Metacritic review by Janet Maslin
Janet Maslin
The New York Times