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The Color Purple

The Color Purple
The Color Purple

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147 minutes


Period and Historical


English (English subtitles)


Based on the acclaimed Alice Walker novel of the same name, The Color Purple chronicles the turbulent life of Celie, who has rarely known happiness in the American Deep South of the 1900s. When her husband separates Celie from her sister, she is plunged into a lonely, unforgiving world. However, Celie's life changes with the appearance of sultry singer Shug Avery, who gives her the determination to become a strong woman. This adaptation from director Steven Spielberg is a beautifully shot, life-affirming tale of personal triumph, love and hope.

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15 Classification

Contains references to child sexual abuse and infrequent moderate bad language

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