The Color Purple 35 years old

It's about life. It's about love. It's about us.

The Color Purple

An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing 'Mister' Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.

Credits

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg

Celie Harris Johnson

Leon Rippy
Leon Rippy

Store Clerk

Danny Glover
Danny Glover

Albert Johnson

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Sofia Johnson

The Color Purple Cast

Name Character
Danny Glover He was 39, now 75 years old as Albert Johnson
Whoopi Goldberg She was 30, now 65 years old as Celie Harris Johnson
Laurence Fishburne He was 24, now 60 years old as Swain
Drew Bundini Brown He was 57, 59 years old when he died as Jook Joint Patron
Hawthorne James as Jook Joint Patron
Margaret Avery She was 41, now 77 years old as Shug Avery
Akosua Busia She was 18, now 54 years old as Nettie Harris
Oprah Winfrey She was 31, now 67 years old as Sofia Johnson
Willard E. Pugh He was 26, now 62 years old as Harpo Johnson
Desreta Jackson She was 10, now 46 years old as Young Celie Harris
Rae Dawn Chong She was 24, now 60 years old as Squeak
Adolph Caesar He was 52, 52 years old when he died as Old Mister
Dana Ivey She was 44, now 80 years old as Miss Millie
Leonard Jackson He was 57, 85 years old when he died as Alphonso "Pa" Harris
Bennet Guillory He was 36, now 71 years old as Grady
Leon Rippy He was 36, now 71 years old as Store Clerk
Jeris Poindexter as Jook Joint Patron
Sonny Terry He was 74, 74 years old when he died as Jook Joint Musician
Carl Anderson He was 40, 44 years old when he died as Reverend Samuel
Maria Howell She was 35, now 71 years old as Church Choir Soloist (uncredited)
Susan Beaubian He was 32, now 68 years old as Corrine
Greg Phillinganes He was 29, now 65 years old as Jook Joint Musician
John Patton, Jr. He was 135, 56 years old when he died as Preacher
Jadili Johnson as Young Adam
James Tillis He was 28, now 64 years old as Henry "Buster" Broadnax
Phillip Strong as Mayor
Peto Kinsaka as Adam
Lelo Masamba as Olivia
Gayle King She was 30, now 66 years old as Church-goer (uncredited)

The Color Purple Crew

Name Department
Linda DeScenna as Set Decoration. She was 36 (now 71) years old Art
Menno Meyjes as Screenplay. He was 31 (now 67) years old Writing
Aggie Guerard Rodgers as Costume Design. She was 41 (now 77) years old Costume & Make-Up
Carole Isenberg as Producer. Production
J. Michael Riva as Production Design. He was 37 (63) years old when He died Art
Steven Spielberg as Director. He was 39 (now 74) years old Directing
Steven Spielberg as Producer. He was 39 (now 74) years old Production
Kathleen Kennedy as Producer. She was 32 (now 68) years old Production
Michael Kahn as Editor. He was 50 (now 85) years old Editing
Frank Marshall as Producer. He was 39 (now 75) years old Production
Allen Daviau as Director of Photography. He was 43 (now 79) years old Camera
Alice Walker as Novel. She was 41 (now 77) years old Writing
Quincy Jones as Producer. He was 52 (now 88) years old Production
Quincy Jones as Original Music Composer. He was 52 (now 88) years old Sound
Richard Alonzo as Makeup Artist. He was 14 (now 21) years old Costume & Make-Up
The Color Purple poster
The Color Purple (35 years)

It's about life. It's about love. It's about us.

  • Release day: Wednesday, December 18, 1985
  • Runtime: 154 minutes
  • Budget: 15000000.00
  • Revenue: 146292000.00