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The Color Purple

Year:
Duration:
154 min
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
7.8
Director:
Steven Spielberg
Awards:
Nominated for 11 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 9 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1986-02-07
Filming Locations: Mentryville, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $15,000,000
Opening Weekend: $1,710,333 (USA) (22 December 1985)
Gross: $98,467,863 (USA) ( 1987)
Cast
Actor
Character
Danny Glover
Albert
Whoopi Goldberg
Celie Johnson
Margaret Avery
Shug Avery
Oprah Winfrey
Sofia
Willard E. Pugh
Harpo Johnson
Akosua Busia
Nettie Harris
Desreta Jackson
Young Celie Harris
Adolph Caesar
Old Mister Johnson
Rae Dawn Chong
Squeak
Dana Ivey
Miss Millie
Leonard Jackson
Pa Harris
Bennet Guillory
Grady
John Patton Jr.
Preacher
Carl Anderson
Reverend Samuel
Susan Beaubian
Corrine
James Tillis
Buster
Phillip Strong
Mayor
Laurence Fishburne
Swain
Peto Kinsaka
Adam
Lelo Masamba
Olivia
Margaret Freeman
Odessa
Howard Starr
Young Harpo
Daphaine Oliver
Young Olivia
Jadili Johnson
Young Adam
Lillian Njoki Distefano
Young Tashi
Donna Buie
Daisy
Leon Rippy
Store Clerk
John R. Hart
Mailman
David Thomas
Road Gang Leader
Carrie Murray
Loretta
Juliet Poe
Church Sister
Katie Simon
Church Sister
Ethel Taylor
Church Sister
Marcus Covington
Boy
Marcus Liles
Boo
April Myers
Emma
Maurice Moore
Child #1
Lechanda Latharp
Child #2
Drew Bundini Brown
Jook Joint Patron
Arnold F. Turner
Jook Joint Patron (as Arnold Turner)
Jeris Poindexter
Jook Joint Patron (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
Hawthorne James
Jook Joint Patron (as James Hawthorne)
Sonny Terry
Jook Joint Musician (as Saunders Sonny Terry)
Greg Phillinganes
Jook Joint Musician
Roy Gaines
Jook Joint Musician
Paulinho Da Costa
African Musician
Nana Yaw Asiedu
African Musician
Clarence Avant
African Musician
Bayo Martin
African Musician
Ndugu Chancler
African Musician
Jeffrey Kwashi
African Musician
Pete Munzhi
African Musician
Aniijia Rae Schockley
African Musician
Maria Howell
Church Choir Soloist
Gayle King
Church-goer
Madison T. Shockley Sr.
African Chief
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Trivia
Patti LaBelle auditioned for the role of Shug Avery.
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Director Steven Spielberg is the one whistling (on the soundtrack, along with the music), as Harpo sits whistling while his children are taken from him one by one.
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Sheryl Lee Ralph tested for the role of Shug Avery.
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Goofs
When Squeak hits Sofia in the nightclub, Sofia moves her head before she is hit.
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Albert puts on a clip-on tie in 1916. The clip-on tie was not invented until 1928.
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The girl with a ribbon in her hair is sitting next to Sofia at the dinner table, but quickly disappears and then reappears a couple of times whenever the scene cuts away and then goes back to Sofia.
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Quotes
Shug: [to Celie] You sho' is ugly!
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Old Mr.: [Sofia begins to laugh after years of silence] My God, the dead has arisen.
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Pa Harris: [as he snatches away Celie newborn daughter] You better not tell nobody but God. It'll kill yo mama.
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