The Color Purple documents the traumas and gradual triumph of Celie, a young African-American woman raised in rural isolation in Georgia , as she comes to resist the paralyzing self-concept forced on her by those who have power over her. Celie is repeatedly raped by her father, and gives birth twice as a result of the abuse, but assumes the children have been killed when her father secretively disposes of them. Nettie soon flees that home, first to Celie and her husband and then out into the wide world.
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In Africa, Nettie lives among the Olinka, whose patriarchal society and indifference toward the role of Africans in the slave trade underline the prevalence of exploitation. Celie narrates her life through letters to God. As she builds relationships with other black women, and especially with those women engaging forcefully with oppression, however, Celie draws strength and insight from their perspectives and develops a sense of her own right to interpret herself and her world.
Her independence develops symbiotically through her expanded firsthand and secondhand experience of the world until she is able to construct her relations to others according to her own values. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.
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Whoopi Goldberg is fabulous as the tortured Celie, an unattractive woman given away by her incestuous father to an abusive Danny Glover, who she only knows as "Mister". The film follows a path of occasional beatings and mental torture she goes through while with "Mister". The PG rated film is pretty open to the sexual issues raised by the Walker novel. This is not "The Burning Bed" in Georgia by any means. There is no blatant revenge taken as might be expected. Goldberg perfectly plays a human being, someone in need of love and someone who deserves it.
The films' most poignant and heartbreaking moment comes when Goldberg and her sister, Nettie played by Akosua Busia are separated, maybe forever. Possibly foreshadowing Holocaust separation of child and parent? You may have to check for a pulse if you are not moved by this sequence. The color purple stands for the beauty of the fields and flowers surrounding these poor people. There really is something to live for, but love triumphs over all. Spielberg bashers take note: Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!
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Full Cast and Crew. A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. Menno Meyjes screenplay , Alice Walker novel. What is Emily Mortimer Watching? Oscars by the Numbers. Share this Rating Title: The Color Purple 7. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Nominated for 11 Oscars. He later gives her away to be married to Mister, who is in love with Shug Avery, a blues singer.
When Shug comes to recover from an illness in Mister and Celie's home, it leads to an intimate relationship between Celie and Shug. Celie and Shug's relationship later develops a romantic and sexual dimension culminating in their sleeping together, this being Celie's first positive sexual experience. Shug has a significant influence on Celie, who begins to draw inspiration from Shug's independence, leading her ultimately to her own independent attitude. Shug not only influences the way that Celie allows Mister to treat her, but also shows Celie that actions deemed sinful by others may not truly be evil or transgressive and that they do not prevent one from believing in and living for God, thereby broadening Celie's views on religion and ethics.
It is also Shug who frees Celie from Mister's bondage, first by loving her, then by helping her to start a custom sewing business. From Shug, Celie learns that Mister, now revealed as Albert, has been hiding letters written to her by her sister Nettie, who is in Africa working as a missionary. These letters, full of educated, firsthand observation of African life, form a moving counterpoint to Celie's life.
They reveal that in Africa, just as in America, women are persistently oppressed by men. Nettie is Celie's younger sister, whom Celie loves and saves from living the tragic life that she had to endure. Because Nettie is prettier than Celie, who has been deemed ugly, Mister is originally interested in Nettie as a wife, but settles for Celie.
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Nettie runs away from home to be with Celie, but is unable to stay with Celie as Mister tries to assault her sexually. As a result, Nettie leaves home and before leaving, promises to write to Celie and tells her that only death can keep them apart. Nettie is eventually taken in by Samuel and Corrine, a missionary couple, with whom she travels to Africa as a missionary.
While in Africa, Nettie becomes the caregiver of Samuel and Corrine's children and faithfully writes to Celie for decades. Nettie marries Samuel after Corrine's death and moves back to America with what are revealed to be Celie's biological children. Through explaining her experiences to Celie, Nettie encourages Celie to be more enthusiastic and optimistic about life.
Nettie finds that while there is not racial disparity in Africa, gender disparity exists. The women of the tribe are not treated as equals, and are not permitted to attend school.
A sultry blues singer who first appears as Mister's mistress, Shug becomes Celie's friend and eventually her lover. Shug remains a gentle mentor who helps Celie evolve into an independent and assertive woman. At first, Shug doesn't appear to be the mothering and nurturing kind, yet she nurtures Celie physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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Shug helps Celie discover the letters from her sister Nettie that Mister had been hiding for decades. In allowing Celie to view these letters, Shug supplies her with even more hope and inspiration, letting Celie see that in the end, everything works out for the best. Mister is the man to whom Celie is married. Originally, he seeks a relationship with Nettie but settles for Celie. Celie's Pa tells Mister that she is ugly, tells lies, and that she'll come with a cow.
Pa also tells Mister that Celie would make a better wife than Nettie. Mister mistreats Celie just as her stepfather had, although Celie does not understand that she doesn't have to tolerate the abuse. Mister uses Celie to help raise his children, who give her a hard time because she is not their biological mother. When Shug Avery comes to town, Mister falls for her and makes her his mistress. Through Shug's seductive influence, Albert begins to treat Celie better. In the end, Albert realizes that he has mistreated Celie and seeks a friendship with her. The novel was adapted into a film of the same name in Though nominated for eleven Academy Awards , it won none.
This perceived snubbing ignited controversy because many critics considered it the best picture that year,  including Roger Ebert.
LaChanze did win the Tony Award, though the show itself won no other awards. LaChanze's win was attributed to the variety of roles for which she had garnered positive attention, as well as for a powerful backstory. In April , Fantasia Barrino took over the role. The Broadway production ended its run on February 24, The Revival on broadway lasted between and and starred Cynthia Erivo as Celie.
The show is now on tour across North America.
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Walker, an ardent pro- Palestinian activist, said in a letter to Yediot Books that Israel practices " apartheid " and must change its policies before her works can be published there. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the color, see Purple. For other uses, see The Color Purple disambiguation.
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