Film of the Day: The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple
The ensemble cast perfectly capture the upper and working class dynamic of racially segregated America. Photo: Warner Bros.

From Alice Walker’s classic American novel, comes Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation. It is an intimate, timeless story, which still has things to teach us about the role of power, class, race and love in the United States and the world.

We follow the story of Celie, a poor black girl who is torn from her sister and forced into a brutal marriage. Spanning the years 1909 to 1947 in a small Georgia town, the film chronicles the joys, pains and people in her life.

Starring Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Whoopi Goldberg, Rae Dawn Chong and Adolph Caesar.

The Color Purple – Thursday at 9pm on BBC Four