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The Color Purple

The Color Purple
  • 1985
  • USA
  • 154 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery
  • UK release: 1 August 1986

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film is set in 1930s USA, where a young southern black woman, Celie, lives with her father and sister Nettie in a cotton plantation. When she reaches her fifteenth birthday she is forced to wed a man she does not love, who repeatedly beats and mistreats her. Violently separated from her sister by her husband, Celie begins to fade away, that is until she meets Albert’s mistress, the singer Shug Avery.

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