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The Color Purple Details

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover). Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don't-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover's son from a previous marriage. Alas, Sofia is "humbled" when she is beaten into submission by angry whites. Later, Celie is able to forge a strong friendship with Albert's mistress Shug (Margaret Avery). Emboldened by this, Celie begins rifling through her husband's belongings and finds Nettie's letters. Able at last to stand up to her husband, Celie leaves him to search for a new life on her own. A major box-office hit, The Color Purple was nominated for eleven Oscars. The film was co-produced by Quincy Jones, who also wrote the score. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 18, 1985

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andraé Crouch Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jeremy Lubbock Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerry Hey Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joel Rosenbaum Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jorge Calandrelli Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lionel Richie Best Song 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Avery Best Supporting Actress 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Menno Meyjes Best Adapted Screenplay 1985 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Menno Meyjes Best Adaptation 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Kerber Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rod Temperton Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rod Temperton Best Song 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Marshall Best Picture 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kathleen Kennedy Best Picture 1985 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Whoopi Goldberg Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1985 Winner
National Board of Review Whoopi Goldberg Best Actress 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Whoopi Goldberg Best Actress 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oprah Winfrey Best Supporting Actress 1985 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Steven Spielberg Best Director 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Picture 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences J. Michael Riva Best Art Direction 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Quincy Jones Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Quincy Jones Best Song 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Quincy Jones Best Picture 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Aggie Guerard Rodgers Best Costume Design 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Linda de Scenna Best Art Direction 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Caiphus Semenya Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Boardman Best Score 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fred Steiner Best Score 1985 Nominee

Cast

Danny Glover
as Albert
Whoopi Goldberg
as Celie
Margaret Avery
as Shug Avery
Oprah Winfrey
as Sofia
Willard E. Pugh
as Harpo
Akosua Busia
as Nettie
Desreta Jackson
as Young Celie
Adolph Caesar
as Old Mister
Dana Ivey
as Miss Millie
Jeris Poindexter
as Jook Joint Patron
Job Seda
Margaret Freeman
as Odessa
John Hart
as Mailman
Arnold Turner
as Jook Joint Patron
Donna Buie
as Daisy
Katie Simon
as Church Sister
April Myers
as Emma
Juliet Poe
as Church Sister
Maurice Moore
as Child
Laurence Fishburne
as Swain
Drew Bundi Brown
as Jook Joint Patron
Ethel Taylor
as Church Sister
Clarence Avant
as African Musician
Howard Starr
as Young Harpo
Leon Rippy
as Store Clerk
Phillip Strong
as Mayor
Carrie Murray
as Loretta
Hawthorne James
as Jook Joint Patron
Lelo Masamba
as Olivia
Peto Kinsaka
as Adam
Jadili Johnson
as Young Adam
Leonard Jackson
as Pa
Susan Beaubian
as Corrine
Rae Dawn Chong
as Squeak
James Tillis
as Buster
Marcus Liles
as Boo
Bennet Guillory
as Grady
Reuben Cannon
Daphaine Oliver
as Young Olivia

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Producer
Quincy Jones
Producer
Frank Marshall
Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
Producer
Jon Peters
Producer
Peter Guber
Producer
Menno Meyjes
Screenwriter
Allen Daviau
Cinematographer
Jorge Calandrelli
Composer (Music Score)
Rod Temperton
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Rosenbaum
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Richie
Songwriter
Andraé Crouch
Composer (Music Score)
Nathan Scott
Musical Direction/Supervision
Randy Kerber
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Hey
Composer (Music Score)
Quincy Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Boardman
Composer (Music Score)
Fred Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
J. Michael Riva
Production Designer
Gerald R. Molen
Production Designer
Carole Isenberg
Associate Producer
Peter Guber
Executive Producer
Jon Peters
Executive Producer
Tom McCown
Set Designer
Linda de Scenna
Set Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Costume Designer
Lata Ryan
Production Coordinator
Michael Laudati
Makeup
Steve LaPorte
Makeup
Caiphus Semenya
Musical Performer
Snooky Young
Musical Performer
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Richard Alonzo
Makeup
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