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The Color Purple


Roger Davidson

Color Purple, The
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After years of fantasies, Steven Spielberg took a stab at a serious drama. Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning book, it revolves around one black girl's (Whoopi Goldberg, in her debut performance) struggle into and through womanhood, for various years as she faces hardship after hardship. The story has many memorable performances, including Oprah Winfrey, as a woman who goes through as many hard challenges in her life as Goldberg does in hers. Danny Glover is truly hateful, as Goldberg's abusive guardian, who spends most of his life trying to keep her down. But in the end, she learns how to survive and overcome all that has kept her down for so long.

Spielberg has offered many films with triumph-of-the-spirit type themes to them, but this somehow outdoes all of the previous and recent work he's done (save for Schindler's List, which this is certainly equal to). Besides the impressive performances, story and direction, it also features a fine score from the likes of Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, and beautiful cinematography by Allen Daviau. This tale of a woman's hard journey is on par with films like The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Fried Green Tomatoes.

My Rating = Four Stars

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