The Color Purple


(out of 5)

 makes a beautiful film acting debut as a mistreated woman in Georgia in the early teens and twenties, whose own sad story is surrounded by the misfortunes of close friends around her.  Steven Spielberg directs everyone to one extreme or another throughout–you’re either a big villain or the most noble person in the world, while Allen Daviau’s cinematography is ripely colourful to the point of almost being twee.  These contrivances deprive the film of complex humanity (or enough complexity to justify its long running time), but the actors’ compassion and some extremely touching moments make it not only worthwhile but very memorable. Those wanting to see a film richly steeped in the experience of African-American history and mythology, however, should go with Beloved instead.

Amblin Entertainment, The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros.

USA, 1985

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , Steven Spielberg

Music by Quincy Jones

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1985

Golden Globe Awards 1985

National Board of Review Awards 1987.  

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