The Color Purple (movie)
|The Color Purple|
|Directed by||Steven Spielberg|
|Produced by||Steven Spielberg
|Written by||Alice Walker (novel)|
|Music by||Quincy Jones|
|Editing by||Michael Kahn|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||December 18, 1985|
|Running time||154 minutes|
The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama movie that was produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Quincy Jones and Frank Marshall. It was directed by Spielberg. The Color Purple is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
The movie tells the story of a young African American girl named Celie. It shows the problems African American women faced during the early 1900s, including poverty, racism, and sexism. Celie is changed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female friends.
The movie is one of only two of Spielberg's movies for which John Williams did not create the music.
- Whoopi Goldberg as Celie Harris Johnson
- Danny Glover as Mr. Albert Johnson
- Oprah Winfrey as Sofia
- Margaret Avery as Shug Avery
- Akosua Busia as Nettie Harris
- Adolph Caesar as Old Mister
- Willard Pugh as Harpo Johnson
- Rae Dawn Chong as Squeak
- Larry Fishburne as Swain
- Dana Ivey as Miss Millie
- Leon Rippy as Store Clerk
- Bennet Guillory as Grady
- James Tillis as Henry "Buster" Broadnax
- Desreta Jackson as Young Celie Harris
- Leonard Jackson as Alphonso "Pa" Harris
- Howard Starr as Young Harpo Johnson
- Lelo Masamba as Olivia Johnson
The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. 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.
- Academy Awards nominations
- Best Picture
- Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
- Best Actress in a Leading Role; Whoopi Goldberg
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Margaret Avery
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Oprah Winfrey
- Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; J. Michael Riva, Bo Welch, Linda DeScenna
- Best Cinematography; Allen Daviau
- Best Costume Design; Aggie Guerard Rodgers
- Best Makeup; Ken Chase
- Best Music, Original Score
- Best Original Song ("Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)")
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).
Spielberg received the Directors Guild of America Award for Best Motion Picture Director, his first.
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