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5.0 out of 5 stars "It's about time we had some stability around here."
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...
Published on July 13 2004 by D. Knouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performances makes film worth effort
Director Steven Spielberg has the very nasty habit of undertaking deep subjects and then trivializing them with a simpering sentimentality more appropriate to a second-rate Walt Disney film than the actual subject at hand. To make matters worse, with THE COLOR PURPLE he also dumbs-down Alice Walker's brilliantly story of a depression-era black lesbian's slow and painful...
Published on Jan. 4 2002 by Gary F. Taylor
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5.0 out of 5 stars "It's about time we had some stability around here.",
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 "Miss Celie's Blues".....,
This review is from: Color Purple, the (VHS Tape)
This review refers to the VHS Special Widescreen Edition(Warner Bros) of "The Color Purple"....
Okay, so where to start with this remarkable film?...How bout here...Oscar People!...Did you watch this film???...11 nominations and not 1 statue to go down in the books for this beautiful cinematic achievement of 1985? Yes, the winner of the best film of that year, "Out of Africa", was also wonderful and absolutely deserving of all the accolades it received. But there was so many outstanding attributes to this film from Steven Spielberg's artful direction, to the touching performances, to the cinematography and the wonderul music headed up by Quincy Jones, that it is one that nearly 20 years later still stands up to repeated viewings and a box of Kleenex. One that is still being talked about, as I noticed the reviews are still steadily being written,and one that didn't get the recognition it deserved!
Whoppi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Margaret Avery, will touch your heart and soul with their incredible performances in this very dramatic story. Sisters Celie and Nettie have each other to love, and it seems that each other, is all they have that is beautiful in the world. When they are torn apart by unfortunate circumstances they must face the world on their own. Celie(Goldberg) is the main focus. She is forced into a situation of an abusive marriage at the early age of 14 and life for her does not get any easier from there. For decades she hopes beyond hope to hear something of her sister Nettie who's last words to Celie were, "Only death can keep us apart!". Celie's character develops quite a strength over the years and she also forms a strong kinship with an unlikely source. It is a film that is unforgettable and once seen, will stay with you always.
Whoppi did capture a Golden Globe and an Image award, and was also recognized by the Nat'l Board of Review for her outstanding work. Mr. Spielberg did not go unnoticed completely, as he was awarded the Outstanding Directoral Achievement in Motion Pictures by the Directors Guild of America. The music captured an ASCAP(Film and Television Music Award). Just see if you can get Quincy's Jones' "Miss Celie's Blues" out of your head after the film!
I've had this VHS quite a few years. It has stood up to many viewings. The picture and colors in widescreen are very nice, and the Dolby surround sound is excellent.Someday I am sure I will wear it out and then I will upgrade to the DVD, as I know I can not be without this treasure in my collection.
Every moment of this film is filled with emotion, and it is not without a few smiles as well. Highly recommended....enjoy...Laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the novel, but a good film,
Alice Walker writes in "The Same River Twice" that the movie initially greatly disappointed her. Those looking for a faithful adapatation of the novel won't find it here. The characters and much of the dialogue are right out of the book but take on new form. The film needs to be appreciated for what it is: an adaptation. For the true powerful story of Celie and her sister Nettie, the novel is hard to beat.
That said, Spielberg uses good visuals for the film, and the acting is uniformly good. The actors who played Harpo and Shug seemed to have vanished from memory but Goldberg, Glover and Winfrey are very strong.
One note: I could have used a little restraint on the score. Every scene is punctuated by background music and silence would have been more effective. The score just increases the story to un-Walkerlike melodramatic proportions. The key to the story is that Celie's story is small but in the end, is about life in its entirety. We are so front and center with Celie to begin with that we know that there will be some bombastic finish. (And we are treated to at least two overblown finales, the first being Shug in the church.)
If you loved the movie, and it appears that many do, read the novel and get ready for a different but perhaps even more satisfying experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely And Deep,
Steven Spielberg wonderfully directed and produced "The Color Purple", which was released in 1985. This became one of the best movies released that year. The only complaint is that this received 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and it didn't win any. That was wrong! Its plot, based on Alice Walker's novel, is brilliant. It digs deep into the events and the characters throughout, while never holding back a drop of emotion. Such substance keeps the audience guessing every future event and double checking every detail. Its layers of storylines keep the chain of events interesting. It proves that there's more to Celie's life than just her own trials. She changes many lives in a good way and not realizing it.
Whoopi Goldberg made a triumphant movie debut in her role as Celie Johnson, a woman being abused by her husband and yearns for a better life. She rightfully earned a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination both for Best Actress. Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery rightfully earned their Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress as Sophie and Shug, strong female fighters who survived past life trials. Danny Glover's role as Celia's abusive husband is one of the best performances in his career. The entire cast, major or minor, placed every drop of heart and soul through their characters.
The wardrobes and the setting were constructed wonderfully. Every detail looks like "The Color Purple" was actually filmed in the early 1900's. The research and the hard work shines. Its background offers a gloomy look into the characters' harsh lifestyles and the sad plot. This seems to have allowed the cast to express themselves deeper. Without it, the movie wouldn't have the same level of emotion that attracts the audience. Most scenes offer its emotional level through the background alone, whether it's sadness, anger, happiness, etc.
"The Color Purple" is great for those looking for a power drama. Some may have to watch it more than once to understand every event. There's a lot. Once understood a lot better, the audience will be glad to have explored it to that level.
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS TWO DISC EDITION,
The box set edition adds a very worthy touch to one of the most consummate movies in cinematic history; The Color Purple. Valuable insight is given to the making of the moving. For example, the coincidental names like Harpo-Oprah or Shug Avery-Margaret Avery. There is a very spiritual quality to the making of this movie, like fate intervened. The bonus pictures are very beautiful and adequately catch the heart of the film.
To find a real comparison to The Color Purple, it would be necessary to go way back to the great films of the 50's where all the arts forms were included.
Born in the South (in one of the cities mentioned often in the movie), I can relate directly to how authentic the acting is. Oprah Winfrey was able to delineate the depth of Sophia's emotional spectrum quite remarkably and out of the entire cast, she was most able to depict the southern way of speaking and moving. She was a different woman then and she has not achieved this kind of distinction in other roles. Margaret Avery gave a performance of a lifetime as the beloved and equally reviled Shug. Whoopi Goldberg's golden moment came as she spoke, "I got two chirrun........and they's alive." Danny Glover was horrifically great! I could wright a book on the other magnificent performances.
This movie comes as close to a masterpiece as anything I have seen. I watch it again and again. Each time, I feel renewed vigor, love, loss, pain, rejection, joy, familiarity, and at last, survival. The movie could have bestowed much greatness upon the Academy Awards!
Buy two copies because you are sure to strip the original from playing it so much!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever made,
An incredibly inspiring story about faith, hope, injustice and deliverance. This is an artistic masterpiece, lovingly created by Steven Spielberg and Alice Walker.
That this movie did not win a single Academy award of the eleven that it was nominated for (not to mention not even a nomination for Spielberg as best director) was an indication of how corrupt and biased the "Academy" was at that time.
Every detail of this movie is lavishly attended to including the wonderfully brilliant score by Quincy Jones (Miss Celie's Blues (Sister) was co-written with Lionel Richie).
The cinematography is nothing short of spectacular and incredibly imaginative with every scene worthy of freezing and framing. The dove-tailed juxtapositioning of the African scenes to the US scenes are in a creative league that is rarely even comparable to modern movies.
Whoopi Goldberg gives the performance of her life as Celie, a poor black woman that finds inner-strength and salvation after a lifetime of appalling injustices.
Warning: Do not attempt to watch this movie without having a box of tissues nearby! You will need them for the sad scenes as well as the happy ones.
I wish Hollywood would create more movies like this. -Vince Boston
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Compares To This Incredible Movie,
This is such an incredible story, and there is so many things to say about it, and yet no amount of words can quite convey the artistic beauty in this hidden gem. The matured talents of Speilberg shine through with a story that is multi-layered, strong characters and cinematography that will leave you awestruck.
This poignant drama is based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, and the movie has a lot to live up to. The movie is true to the book's diary format, as the diary is read aloud by the Celie, played by Whoopi Goldberg. This movie gave her her big break, and her performance screams, "Give this woman an award!"
Oprah and Danny Glover also star, and both perform as they never have before (or since!)
Margaret Avery's performance as Shug Avery is also worth mentioning, and it is very memorable and poignant.
This movie is about the value of being true to yourself, long-lasting love, perseverance, dignity and how to survive in the face of suffering, pain and loss.
This movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including best picture and actress (supporting players Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery were also nominated), and it won none. See the movie and you will experience the injustice of that for yourself!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great special features but....,
I just bought the Color Purple Special Edition DVD even though I already own the Original release on DVD because I wanted to see the Special features added in this new edition. Although I throughly enjoyed these documentaries, upon hearing Speilberg mention a 6 minute reconcilliation scene between Celie & Mister that was to be placed at the end of the film, I cant help but wonder WHY wasnt this missing scene added to this Special Edition? Instead of a photo gallery of snap shots from the film as a "Special Feature", why not show Color Purple fans some Deleted scenes like the one mentioned above? It Angers me when the studios Rerelease an already released DVD with Special Features to make you buy a 2nd copy and STILL leave certain things (like deleted scenes in this case) out so that they can re-RErelease it as an "Ultimate collection"( Heard about the RErelease of the ALIEN saga set yet?) or sometimes not at all.The next DVD Special edition Im waiting on is for Titanic where there was over 3 hours of the film cut from the original release. When & if they do release a Titanic Special Edition, I hope they will SHOW us everything they mention & not replace what the viewer would TRULY enjoy by a snapshot photo album.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe someday, Hollywood will forgive me.",
This is purportedly what Spielberg had to say after "The Color Purple" was snubbed out of all 12 nominations at the Oscars. Watching the original DVD release of this beautiful movie, that is what the viewer might think.
Not that there was anything wrong visually or audibly with the transfer of the film to a digital disc. But somehow, someone with decision-making capabilities at the studio got it into his head that it should be perfectly acceptable to release a 2 1/2 hour film on a single layer disc, which requires that half the movie be placed on one side, half on the other. In other words, halfway through the film, most DVD players would need to have the DVD flipped over before finishing. It's as if Hollywood needs to forgive you, the consumer, for some great offense.
Well, not anymore. This two-disc special edition features a dual layer disc for the movie, and a fantastic rendering to digital format of a film that was virtually unanimous in the praise it received at its premiere almost twenty years ago.
You don't just see the color purple in this movie. There is a seemingly limitless palette of colors: bright reds and greens, yellow, orange; and the most perfect blue sky that continually resurfaces in one scene after another. You'll swear it's been painted, but it is in fact the amazing cinematography that accompanies the action from start to finish.
You also have your choice of audio to fully experience the wealth of musical styles from both the American and African traditions, woven together with a lush orchestral score.
If you've seen "The Color Purple," you should know that this release leaves nothing wanting. If you haven't seen "The Color Purple," why not?
5.0 out of 5 stars Celie's life...,
The Color Puple is the disturbing story of Celie's (Whoopi Goldberg) life and search for love and happiness in an existence where her she is taught that she is less than others by those who are suppose to love her. The story begins with Celie giving birth to a baby boy, the result of her fathers incestuous abuse, and she is forced to give the child up on the fathers demand. Celie is then given away to Albert (Danny Glover), who is much older than her, to be his wife and to take care of his children from a previous marriage. Shortly thereafter, Celie's sister arrives at Albert's house and Albert begins to act on his attraction to Celie's sister. However, she fights back and Celie is once again separated from her beloved sister. Years later, Albert's son Harpo is marrying Sofia (Oprah Winfrey) and when Harpo asks Celie what to do about Sofia's head strong behavior she only knows one answer, beat her. At the same time, Albert is courting a beautiful blues singer, Shug Avery (Margaret Avery), but this does not concern Celie, since Shug's presence provides a sense of hope and love for Celie. Color Purple is a traumatizing cinematic experience where the life of Celie is displayed on the screen as brutal search for what all humans need in their life, love. In addition, the cinematography enhances the presence and absence of warm and tender love as Celie struggles, which enhances the overall experience and leaves the audience with a brilliant event.
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