The Color Purple Movie Behind The Scenes

Making The Color Purple



Go behind the scenes on the 1985 Drama movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey More Cast

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Tina Turner, at the height of her 80s comeback popularity, turned down the role of Shug Avery and opted instead for the role of Aunty Entity in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome".
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Patti LaBelle auditioned for the part of Shug Avery.
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Steven Spielberg admits that his greatest mistake in directing this film was his lack of courage portraying the lesbian relationship between Celie and Shug. At the time of filming, Spielberg feared that overt sexuality between the two characters would alienate audiences, a decision he now regrets.
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Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey were both Oscar-nominated for their feature film acting debuts in this film.
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Shooting for town scenes frequently had to be put on hold due to freight trains passing by the edge of the set.
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Author Alice Walker was uneasy about Steven Spielberg's appointment to direct the film; however, she was confident in a then-unknown Whoopi Goldberg after seeing her San Francisco stand-up routine in which she portrayed many different characters.
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Whoopi Goldberg won the part of Celie in her audition for Steven Spielberg, by doing a comedy act she had developed about a stoned E.T. getting arrested in Oakland for possession.

The audition was attended by many of Spielberg's famous friends, including Producer Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson.

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Deleted Scenes

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1985 Warner Brothers
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