The Color Purple

It's about life. It's about love. It's about us.

Category: Drama
An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1985-12-18
Run time: 154 minute / 2:34
Budget: $15,000,000
Revenue: $146,292,009
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Menno Meyjes
Production Companies : Amblin Entertainment, The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Country: United States of America


Danny Glover
as Albert Johnson
Whoopi Goldberg
as Celie Harris Johnson
Margaret Avery
as Shug Avery
Oprah Winfrey
as Sofia Johnson
Willard E. Pugh
as Harpo Johnson
Akosua Busia
as Nettie Harris
Desreta Jackson
as Young Celie Harris
Adolph Caesar
as Old Mister
Rae Dawn Chong
as Squeak
Dana Ivey
as Miss Millie
Leonard Jackson
as Alphonso "Pa" Harris
Bennet Guillory
as Grady
John Patton Jr.
as Preacher
Carl Anderson
as Reverend Samuel
Susan Beaubian
as Corrine
James Tillis
as Henry "Buster" Broadnax
Phillip Strong
as Mayor
Laurence Fishburne
as Swain
Peto Kinsaka
as Adam
Lelo Masamba
as Olivia
Margaret Freeman
as Odessa
Howard Starr
as Young Harpo
Daphaine Oliver
as Young Olivia
Jadili Johnson
as Young Adam
Lillian Njoki Distefano
as Young Tashi
Donna Buie
as Daisy
Leon Rippy
as Store Clerk
John R. Hart
as Mailman
David Thomas
as Road Gang Leader
Carrie Murphy
as Loretta
Juliet Poe
as Church Sister
Katie Simon
as Church Sister
Ethel Taylor
as Church Sister
Marcus Covington
as Boy
Marcus Liles
as Boy
April Myers
as Emma
Maurice Moore
as Child #1
Lechanda Latharp
as Child #2
Drew Bundini Brown
as Jook Joint Patron
Arnold F. Turner
as Jook Joint Patron
Jeris Poindexter
as Jook Joint Patron
Hawthorne James
as Jook Joint Patron
Sonny Terry
as Jook Joint Musician
Greg Phillinganes
as Jook Joint Musician
Roy Gaines
as Jook Joint Musician
Paulinho da Costa
as African Musician
Nana Yaw Asiedu
as African Musician
Clarence Avant
as African Musician
Bayo Martin
as African Musician
Ndugu Chandler
as African Musician
Jeffrey Kwashi
as African Musician
Pete Munzhi
as African Musician
Aniijia Rae Schockley
as African Musician
Maria Howell
as Church Choir Soloist (uncredited)
Gayle King
as Church-goer (uncredited)
Steven Spielberg Director

Alice Walker Novel
Menno Meyjes Screenplay

Steven Spielberg Producer
Frank Marshall Producer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Quincy Jones Producer
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Carole Isenberg Producer
Jon Peters Executive Producer

Allen Daviau Director of Photography

Michael Kahn Editor

J. Michael Riva Production Design
Bo Welch Art Direction

Costume & Make-Up
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costume Design
Richard Alonzo Makeup Artist

Quincy Jones Original Music Composer

Linda DeScenna Set Decoration

Alan L. Nineberg ADR Editor

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