The Color Purple: Celie. “Mr.” Sofia. Nettie. Shug. The unforgettable characters of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize novel brighten the screen in this rhapsodically cinematic adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.
At the story’s centre is Celie (Whoopi Goldberg in her movie debut), whose search for fulfilment in a world closed to her becomes a triumph of cruelty overcome by love, of pain eclipsed by joy. Acting and filmmaking honours all came to The Color Purple. But its greatest honour is the lasting embrace of movie fans everywhere.