The Color Purple

The Color Purple (1985)

It's about life. It's about love. It's about us.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1985-12-18
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 1572 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Amblin Entertainment
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
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An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.

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  • Whoopi Goldberg

    as Celie Harris Johnson
  • Danny Glover

    as Albert Johnson
  • Margaret Avery

    as Shug Avery
  • Oprah Winfrey

    as Sofia Johnson
  • Willard E. Pugh

    as Harpo Johnson
  • Akosua Busia

    as Nettie Harris
  • Desreta Jackson

    as Young Celie Harris
  • Adolph Caesar

    as Old Mister
  • Rae Dawn Chong

    as Squeak
  • Dana Ivey

    as Miss Millie
  • Leonard Jackson

    as Alphonso "Pa" Harris
  • Bennet Guillory

    as Grady
  • John Patton Jr.

    as Preacher
  • Carl Anderson

    as Reverend Samuel
  • Susan Beaubian

    as Corrine
  • James Tillis

    as Henry "Buster" Broadnax
  • Phillip Strong

    as Mayor
  • Laurence Fishburne

    as Swain
  • Peto Kinsaka

    as Adam
  • Lelo Masamba

    as Olivia
  • Margaret Freeman

    as Odessa
  • Howard Starr

    as Young Harpo
  • Daphaine Oliver

    as Young Olivia
  • Jadili Johnson

    as Young Adam
  • Lillian Njoki Distefano

    as Young Tashi
  • Donna Buie

    as Daisy
  • Leon Rippy

    as Store Clerk
  • John R. Hart

    as Mailman
  • David Thomas

    as Road Gang Leader
  • Carrie Murphy

    as Loretta
  • Juliet Poe

    as Church Sister
  • Katie Simon

    as Church Sister
  • Ethel Taylor

    as Church Sister
  • Marcus Covington

    as Boy
  • Marcus Liles

    as Boy
  • April Myers

    as Emma
  • Maurice Moore

    as Child #1
  • Lechanda Latharp

    as Child #2
  • Drew Bundini Brown

    as Jook Joint Patron
  • Arnold F. Turner

    as Jook Joint Patron
  • Jeris Poindexter

    as Jook Joint Patron
  • Hawthorne James

    as Jook Joint Patron
  • Sonny Terry

    as Jook Joint Musician
  • Greg Phillinganes

    as Jook Joint Musician
  • Roy Gaines

    as Jook Joint Musician
  • Paulinho da Costa

    as African Musician
  • Nana Yaw Asiedu

    as African Musician
  • Clarence Avant

    as African Musician
  • Bayo Martin

    as African Musician
  • Ndugu Chandler

    as African Musician
  • Jeffrey Kwashi

    as African Musician
  • Pete Munzhi

    as African Musician
  • Aniijia Rae Schockley

    as African Musician
  • Maria Howell

    as Church Choir Soloist (uncredited)
  • Gayle King

    as Church-goer (uncredited)
Directing Steven Spielberg Director
Production Steven Spielberg Producer
Production Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Editing Michael Kahn Editor
Art Linda DeScenna Set Decoration
Production Frank Marshall Producer
Writing Menno Meyjes Screenplay
Production Peter Guber Executive Producer
Production Jon Peters Executive Producer
Art Bo Welch Art Direction
Art J. Michael Riva Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costume Design
Camera Allen Daviau Director of Photography
Writing Alice Walker Novel
Production Quincy Jones Producer
Sound Quincy Jones Original Music Composer
Production Carole Isenberg Producer
Costume & Make-Up Richard Alonzo Makeup Artist
Crew Tony Brubaker Stunts
Sound Chris Boardman Music
Sound Jerry Hey Music
Sound Fred Steiner Music
Sound Andraé Crouch Music
Sound Joel Rosenbaum Music
Sound Rod Temperton Music
Sound Jack Hayes Music
Sound Randy Kerber Music
Sound Jeremy Lubbock Music
Crew Dana Dru Evenson Stunt Double
Sound Alan L. Nineberg ADR Editor
Sound Jorge Calandrelli Music
Camera Robert Samuels Second Assistant Camera
Sound Caiphus Semenya Music