‘The Color Purple’ is a classic Steven Spielberg directed 1985 movie, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. This film follows the life of Celie, a Southern black young girl growing up in the early 1900’s. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 – and pregnant – by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life…
Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), is virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover).
“Until you do right by me everything you think about is gonna crumble.” “Till you do right by me, everything you even think about gonna fail.”
The scene when Celie finally stands up to Albert and puts a knife to his neck and curses his future is one of the most memorable in the film as Celie endures much abuse, physical and mental, from Albert throughout the movie.
This was Whoopi Goldberg’s remarkable screen debut that assured her of major stardom. Danny Glover paints a horrific image of a cruel husband before a moving conclusion to his character’s development. The part of Sofia is also expertly played by Oprah Winfrey, especially during the Christmas reunion scene when we can’t help but share her pain through to joy. A special treat is an appearance by Laurence Fishburne in a small role.
‘The Color Purple’ was a major box-office hit. The movie was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score.
This is a truly remarkable film from the guru of directing, Steven Spielberg.