Contributed by: Jonah Falcon
This movie tied with "The Turning Point" (1977) for the record for most Academy Award nominations (11) without a single win.
This was Whoopi's first movie. She was given quite a chance considering she was a comic and usually they are type cast.
Harpo is not only the name of a character in the movie but also Oprah Winfrey's Production Company - Harpo is also Oprah backwards!
The scene at the dinner table where Whoopie finally tells Danny Glover's Character off. Oprah Winfrey
"comes back to life" and just starts rambling. This scene is totally ad-libbed starting when Oprah starts talking and thanking Cele for helping her that day in the store. I saw Oprah and Steven Speilberg talking about it on her show one day. You can tell no one expects Oprah to be talking by the shocked looks on all of their faces.
Contributed by: politeintruder
The first movie release they debuted Lucas' new THX sound system with happened to be The Color purple, of all films, at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in 1985.
I saw it when I was 15 and was blown away by first seeing 'The Audience Is Listening' THX commercial which preceded the movie.
This was Oprah's first movie and as she was virtually unknown at the time of the film, Steven Speiberg did not have her name put on the movie poster with the other stars.
(Nettie) starred in "ER" as Kobe Ikabo in 1999 and an episode of Knight Rider in 1983. Her film debut was in "Ashanti" in 1978 with Michael Caine. She also wrote the film "Beloved" for Oprah Winfrey which was a flop in the mid 1990's. Akosua is the daughter of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia who served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Ghana (in West Africa) from 1969 to 1972. Both father and daughter were educated at Oxford University in Oxforshire, England and both were members of the Royal Family of Wenchi. Akosua Busia was, in her native Ghana, a princess.