The Color Purple
(1985)

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Taking place in the Southern United States during the early 1900s to mid-1930s, the movie tells the life of a poor African American woman, Celie Harris (Whoopi Goldberg), whose abuse begins when she is young. By the time she is fourteen, she has already had two children by her father (Leonard Jackson). He takes them away from her at childbirth and forces Celie (Desreta Jackson) to marry a local widower Albert Johnson, known to her only as "Mister" (Danny Glover), who treats her like a slave. Albert makes her clean up his disorderly household and take care of his unruly children. Albert beats her often, intimidating Celie into submission and near silence. Celie's sister Nettie (Akosua Busia) comes to live with them. Nettie refuses Albert's predatory affections once too often, he kicks her out. Before running away, Nettie promises to write to Celie. Albert's old flame, the jazz singer Shug Avery (Margaret Avery), comes to live with him and Celie. Delirious with sickness, Shug become close friend and helps Celie raise her self-confidence. And the saga begins...

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