The Color Purple (movie)

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The Color Purple
Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced bySteven Spielberg
Kathleen Kennedy
Quincy Jones
Frank Marshall
Written byAlice Walker (novel)
StarringWhoopi Goldberg
Oprah Winfrey
Danny Glover
Margaret Avery
Akosua Busia
Music byQuincy Jones
CinematographyAllen Daviau
Edited byMichael Kahn
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
December 18, 1985
Running time
154 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million
Box office$142,000,000

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 an African American girl named Celie in Georgia from 1909 to 1937. It shows the problems African American women faced during the early 20th century, including poverty, racism, and sexism. Celie is changed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female friends.[1]

The movie is one of only four of Spielberg's movies for which John Williams did not create the music.

Cast[change | change source]

Awards[change | change source]

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]

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Canada 1985
 United States 7 February 1986
 Brazil 28 March 1986
 Australia 26 June 1986
 Argentina 3 July 1986
 United Kingdom 11 July 1986
 Ireland 11 July 1986
 Hong Kong 26 July 1986
 Uruguay 7 August 1986
 Taiwan 16 August 1986
 Colombia 21 August 1986
 West Germany 21 August 1986
 Portugal 4 September 1986
 Denmark 5 September 1986
 France 10 September 1986
 Netherlands 10 September 1986
 Greece 12 September 1986
 Sweden 12 September 1986
 Japan 13 September 1986
 Spain 15 September 1986
 Finland 19 September 1986
 Italy 19 September 1986
 South Korea 18 October 1986
 India 14 December 1986
 Hungary 3 February 1988
East Germany East Germany 19 August 1988

References[change | change source]

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

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