The Color Purple (1985 movie)

1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg
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The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay by Menno Meyjes, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth movie as a director, and marked a change from the summer blockbusters for which he had become known. It was also the first movie directed by Spielberg for which John Williams did not compose the music. It stars Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Desreta Jackson, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Rae Dawn Chong, Willard Pugh, and Adolph Caesar in his final roles.

The Color Purple
Directed bySteven Spielberg
Screenplay byMenno Meyjes
Produced bySteven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Quincy Jones
Frank Marshall
StarringWhoopi Goldberg
Danny Glover
Adolph Caesar
Margaret Avery
Rae Dawn Chong
CinematographyAllen Daviau
Edited byMichael Kahn
Music byQuincy Jones
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
December 18, 1985
Running time
153 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million
Box office$142 million

Filmed in Anson and Union counties in North Carolina, the movie tells the story of an young African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African American women faced during the early 20th century, including domestic violence, incest, pedophilia, poverty, racism, and sexism. Celie is changed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female friends.[1]

The movie was a box office success, grossing $142 million against a budget of $15 million. The movie received positive reviews from critics, receiving praise for its acting, direction, screenplay, musical score, and production values; but it was also criticized by some critics for being "over-sentimental" and "stereotypical." The movie was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, without winning any; it also received four Golden Globe Award nominations, with Whoopi Goldberg winning Best Actress in a Drama. Steven Spielberg did not receive an Academy Award nomination for his directing, but did receive a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and a Golden Globe nomination. The movie was later included in Roger Ebert's book series The Great Movies.



The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.[2] Notably, Spielberg was not nominated for his direction. It won none of the Academy Awards. This tied the record set by 1977's The Turning Point for the most Oscar nominations without a single win.[3]

Academy Awards nominations

The Color Purple was nominated for five Golden Globes, including Best Picture (Drama), Best Director for Spielberg, and Best Supporting Actress for Winfrey. Its only win went to Goldberg for Best Actress (Drama).

Menno Meyjes was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Spielberg received the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Motion Picture Director, his first.

The movie was shown at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival as a non-competing title.[4]


  1. Corliss, Richard (Dec 23, 1985). "Cinema: The Three Faces of Steve the Color Purple". Time. Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  2. "'Out of Africa' Ties as Oscar Nominees: 11 Citations; Spielberg Not Named". The Los Angeles Times. Feb 5, 1986. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  3. Friendly, David T. (Mar 27, 1986). "Academy Hits Racism Accusation". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-30.
  4. "Festival de Cannes: The". Archived from the original on 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2009-07-18.

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