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Color Purple [Blu-ray] [Import]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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Steven Spielberg, proving he's one of the few modern filmmakers who has the visual fluency to be capable of making a great silent film, took a melodramatic, D.W. Griffith-inspired approach to filming Alice Walker's novel. His tactics made the film controversial, but also a popular hit. You can argue with the appropriateness of Spielberg's decision, but his astonishing facility with images is undeniable--from the exhilarating and eye-popping opening shots of children playing in paradisiacal purple fields to the way he conveys the brutality of a rape by showing hanging leather belts banging against the head of the shaking bed. In a way it's a shame that Whoopi Goldberg, a stage monologist who made her screen debut in this movie, went on to become so famous, because it was, in part, her unfamiliarity that made her understated performance as Celie so effective. (This may be the first and last time that the adjective understated can be applied to Goldberg.) Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including best picture and actress (supporting players Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery were also nominated), it was quite a scandal--and a crushing blow to Spielberg--when it won none. --Jim Emerson

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 01/17/2012

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This film received 11 Oscar Nominations back in 1985, won none of them(Shame on you, Academy voters!), and really should have won Best Picture over "Out of Africa." Whoopi Goldberg never got another role like this one, showing her incredible and untapped acting talent by way of Steven Spielberg's inspired and altogether ambitious direction. Mr. Spielberg was not even nominated for Best Director(Shame on you, Academy voters!). It was great to hear that he did win the Director's Guild Award(handed out by his peers), but this horrible oversight still needles me to this day. Back to the acting. Oprah Winfrey was given an Oscar nomination, as was Margaret Avery, but there are so many stunning performances here from the entire cast that pointing out any standout performances is nearly impossible. There is also some clever film editing(certainly the most under-rated facet of filmmaking), that keeps the film constantly fresh and the story moving forward with some fantastic cinematography. The only thing that breaks the continuity is that the character "Celie" is played by two different actresses, while her sister "Nettie" is played by a single actress both at a young age and when she is older. It is really a small discrepancy given that both actresses that play "Celie" are excellent(in particular, Whoopi Goldberg). For those who know only Whoopi's fairly lame films like "Burglar," I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised by her amazing work here. There are many moments in the film that are so genuinely touching and heartfelt that by the end of the final scene I suddenly realized that it never felt so good to cry. This is easily one of my favorite "Spielberg" films. Everything about this movie is gorgeous! Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quel beau film! March 10 2014
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Ce film de Spielberg est selon moi un de ses meilleurs et la prestation des acteurs excellente. J'avais vu ce film il y a bien des années et ce fut un pur plaisir de le visionner à nouveau.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time greatest film achievements Nov. 7 2013
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This movie is incredible no matter how many times I watch it, it is so moving, so brilliant I love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars souvenir d'enfance May 7 2013
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Ce film est un souvenir d'enfance que je me devais d'avoir. Je pourrrais qui sait le partager avec ma famille. De plus cette histoire montre bien le portrait cliché et tabou qui existe dans la communauté noire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite movies Feb. 21 2013
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My mother really loves it and both fried green tomatoes and the colour purple are her two favourite movies she could just sit there and watch them over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever! Nov. 18 2012
By Kimba
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There are not many movies with an all African-American cast. It just shows great talent and makes the viewer have very strong emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the color purple June 1 2012
By Doc
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This is a great movie. We have watched it many times on vhs. It should have won many awards. All the actors played the parts very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Inspiring Movie. May 13 2004
Usually when people hear the names Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, we usually think of Day Time Talk Shows and comedic film roles. Both women as well as the other cast of the film deliver awesome performances as African Americans fighting to survive in a predominately white town. The movie will make you have a new take on life no matter what race you are. It teaches you respect and loyalty, as well as passion for the people you love. If you are a fan of Forrest Gump and other movies that whisk you away to different eras, you will love this. One of Spieldberg's best.
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