The Color Purple Movie Trivia

The Color Purple Trivia


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Film facts for the 1985 Drama movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey More Cast

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This movie tied with "The Turning Point" (1977) for the record for most Academy Award nominations (11) without a single win.
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This was Whoopi's first movie. She was given quite a chance considering she was a comic and usually they are type cast.
Thanks to Jess
Harpo is not only the name of a character in the movie but also Oprah Winfrey's Production Company - Harpo is also Oprah backwards!
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Rae Dawn Chong was also seen as Schwarzenegger's sidekick in "Commando".
Thanks to Julie
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.
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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.
Thanks to Beena1
Oprah Winfrey was allegedly at a "fat farm" to lose weight when she learned she got the part of Sofia. She had to leave immediately, as the role required her to be heavy.
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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.
Thanks to Nat
Akosua Busia (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.
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Steven Spielberg's baby was born during the filming of this movie, and in the scene where young Celie gives birth to the baby, the sound of the baby crying is the actual sound of the Spielbergs' baby crying.
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Alice Walker (author of the novel) may have had doubts about Steven Spielberg directing, but was at least partially convinced when she saw E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). After seeing the film, she felt that E.T. was treated like "a person of color".

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There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "The Color Purple".
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