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rave reviews Purple Premiered on December 16, 1985. The famous film turns 36 today, and many fans didn’t know about the Steven Spielberg landmark starring Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover These 10 interesting facts about drama.
Purple is Celie’s epic story of four decades, portrayed by Goldberg, an African-American woman living in the South who has survived a long period of abuse and prejudice. Things go from bad to worse after Celie’s abusive father marries her to the equally mean “Mr.” Albert Johnson, played by Glover, sending Celie everywhere looking for a partner. She persevered and held on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. The film is based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name.
To celebrate the movie’s premiere, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know Purple.
Did You Know: 10 Little-Known Facts About “Purple” [Gallery]
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1. Alice Walker didn’t want Steven Spielberg to direct
Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel inspired this critically acclaimed film. Although the film went on to be quite successful, Walker wasn’t convinced that Steven Spielberg could handle dramatic material as a white male. Walker told producer Quincy Jones that the film should be directed by someone with a black experience in America, and even Spielberg agreed. The director reportedly told Jones that he wasn’t the right person for the job, to which Jones responded, “I want you to do that, and, do you have to be an alien to direct Alien Alien?”
2. Sugar Avery could have been a musical legend
Chaka Khan and Tina Turner both turned down the role of Sugar Avery and ended up going to Margaret Avery.
3. How Whoopi Goldberg Auditioned
At the time, Whoopi Goldberg was hearing Purple. She believed she was perfect for playing Sophia, so she invited Walker to watch her stand-up performance. The invitation led to her being invited to audition.
Goldberg staged an unconventional audition, offering a comedy about ET’s arrest for drug possession.
She recalled that moment in 2020 to Howard Stern: “I went to Steven’s studio and I peeked out from behind the curtains, you know, there were all kinds of people there – Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson and all these people watching me perform and I just thought, “I hope I’m fine. “Because everyone who was there, including Steven, was my dream guy.”
4. Award-winning debut
The film became the debut of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Both women’s performances were nominated for Oscars, as was co-star Margaret Avery. Purple is the first film to have three black actors of any gender nominated for an Oscar.
5. Oprah Thinks She Didn’t Get the Role
Oprah Winfrey hasn’t heard back from producers in a while, and she doesn’t think she’s been cast. She decided to attend a weight-loss camp in Wisconsin, only to get a call that she had been cast and instructed not to lose weight if she wanted to keep the role.
6. Oprah had to forget her TV ways
The movie was a bit of a learning curve for Oprah Winfrey. It took Winfrey some time to get used to the movie set.she was morning chicagowhere she developed the habit of looking directly at the camera while having a conversation.
Prompted by Spielberg, Winfrey improvised her lines with Whoopi Goldberg in the dinner table scene. It is said that when the scene ended, Goldberg walked up to Winfrey, gave her a hug, and reportedly told her that she is now officially an actress.
7. Changed Steven Spielberg’s career
Spielberg quotes Purple As a turning point in his career, as his first “drama”.This paved the way for his later films Empire of the Sun and Schindler’s List.
8. Lots of awards
The film set an Oscar record with 11 Oscar nominations. The play is the first PG-13 film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Ultimately, the film came home empty-handed, with Sydney Pollack’s Outside Africa won the best picture award.The film is still the same as 1977’s turning point For this film, the most Oscar nominations were made, but no awards were won.
Of course, any great movie will be controversial.
The film faced criticism, especially for its stereotypical portrayal of black men. Spielberg also bowed to the pressure of adapting the explicit lesbian relationship between Sugar and Sealy from Walker’s original, reducing the scene to a kiss between two women.
On the film’s 25th anniversary, Spielberg admitted that while he wouldn’t change the kiss in the movie, he was absolutely “shy” about the sexual encounters in the book. He ultimately decided that the kiss was suitable for his adaptation and the film’s PG-13 rating.
10. Do it again
Alice Walker wasn’t initially impressed with the final cut of the film, and she was particularly dissatisfied with the opening sequence. However, after watching the film again at the premiere, Walker changed his mind.