The Color purple

United States, 1985

Image via TMDb

Alice Walker’s joyous Pulitzer Prize winning novel comes to the screen as one of Steven Spielberg’s most powerful personal films. This enthralling story begins in a small Georgia town in 1906, when young Celie, hardly more than a child herself, gives birth to two children, fathered by the man she calls “Pa” and who takes the infants from her at birth and tells her nothing of their fate. Sustained by a close bond with her sister Nettie, Celie submerges her own identity as she is mistreated by every man in her life. This film covers the gamut of joy, sorrow, loss and reunion. It is truly unforgettable and the ending is an inspirational triumph. Stars Danny Glover, Adolph Caesar, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, introducing Whoopi Goldberg as Celie and Oprah Winfrey as Sofia.



Steven Spielberg


Quincy Jones

Frank Marshall

Kathleen Kennedy

Steven Spielberg

production company

Amblin Entertainment

Warner Bros Pictures







Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url= |title=The Color purple |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=21 April 2021 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}