The Color Purple

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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

To miss this film is to cheat yourself and your family of a memorable moviegoing experience.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

What's wrong with The Color Purple - and nothing that's wrong with it keeps it from being a joy to watch - is what you'd expect of Spielberg: he chews on Alice Walker's hard edges until they're gummy. [21 Dec 1985]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)