The 10 Best Quotes From Spielberg’s “Purple”

It might not be one of his most popular movies, but Purple Arguably one of Steven Spielberg’s best films, it says a few things. Released in 1985, the film is based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name. It tells the story of Celie, a black woman living in the early/mid 20th century who navigates adversity through racism, loss, abuse, and more.

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Various moments throughout the film can serve to remind viewers that they are stronger than they think. Purple A masterpiece of storytelling, showing that even in the darkest of times, life can still be beautiful thanks to love, friendship, music and a journey of finding courage.

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“People don’t like that no one is too proud or too free.”


This quote comes after Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) overhears Mr. (Danny Glover) and his father discussing the passionate and easygoing Sugar Avery (Margaret Iver) Li ornaments) said. The old gentleman had a problem with her because she was obviously too selfish and free-spirited.

What Celie realizes here is that there are a lot of people in this world who will try to suppress people and stop them from being who they want to be. In fact, that’s exactly how Celie’s life has been so far: considered worthless. Although she may not have been hit at that moment, the phrase later becomes very important, and it doesn’t really matter when Celie realizes that other people want to bring you down. Either way, you have to cheer up and prove them wrong.


Nettie

“Don’t let them run over you. You have to fight.”


nettie smiles in purple

Keeping up with the film’s “Stand Up for Yourself” theme, Celie’s sister Nettie (Akosua Busia) offers some advice while living with Mister. She told her she had to fight for her needs and that she shouldn’t let people trample her.

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While the sentence is simple, Nettie hits the nail on the head when it comes to the film’s message. It is important to stand up with people who stand in your way. Although it took Celie decades to get to this point, the wise words of her beloved sister Nettie helped her become her own one day.


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“Until you do me right, everything you think will fall apart.”


Purple Whoopi Goldberg

Literary heroine Celie displays moments of bravery and self-confidence in this big-screen adaptation, as Mr. is blamed for emotionally and physically abusing her over the years. Miss Celie and Miss Shug Avery become close friends and decide to move out together, which eventually brings Celie out of her bad relationship with Mister, which she was forced by her own father.

The beauty of this moment is how often Celie is forced to keep silent when people are yelling at her and insulting her for no reason. In the end, she immediately gave it back and told her abusive partner that unless he treats her right, everything he thinks and does will fail.


Nettie

“Nothing can stop me except death.”


nettie at the end of purple

One of the many beautiful relationships in this story comes from the bond between Celie and her sister Nettie. Early in the film, Nettie is forced to separate from Celie so that she can pursue a better life. Celie makes incredible sacrifices throughout the movie, like dealing with her partner’s abuse, and she never really loves her.

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In one tear-jerking moment of Nettie’s escape, she delivers the line: “Only death will keep me from it,” referring to the letter she will send to Celie as she leaves. In a simple conversation, viewers witness the power of the bond between two sisters determined to stay connected for life.


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“Everything you’ve done to me has been done to you.”


In the same scene, Celie and Shug are driving away from Danny Glover’s antagonist Mister, who is driving away, and Mister desperately wants them to stay, which Celie tells Mister, which means there’s a reason why Mister is so scary. Yes.

In a sense, Celie is here to show the audience that Mr.’s life isn’t easy either, which may be why he treats her so badly. It looked like Celie was excusing Mr., but she wasn’t. She told him that he was as nasty as he thought she was, and that was why they were leaving him.

Sugar

“Everything wants to be loved. We sing and dance, Hora just wants to be loved. Look at their trees. Notice how trees do everything people do to get noticed…except walking.”


Purple Whoopi Goldberg and Margaret Avery

Shug Avery in Spielberg’s 1985 film is the perfect example of a free-spirited man. However, that doesn’t mean she’s not smart and thoughtful. When Celie and Shug go for a walk in nature after becoming good friends, Shug expresses to Celie the one thing that everything in the world wants most: to be loved.

While adding humor to the idea by saying that trees can do everything humans do except walk, Sugar addressed a universal truth to Celie and the movie’s audience: People just want to be loved. This simple fact explains a lot about the behavior of the characters in the story, and their behavior is due to a deeper need to be loved.

Sophia

“When I saw you, I knew there was a God. One day I’ll be home.”


There are several strong female characters Purple, one of whom is precisely portrayed by the legendary Oprah Winfrey. The character is Sophia, a fierce woman who is married to Mr. Harpo, the son of Mr. At first she clashed with Celie, but over time they became friends.

When Sophia stands up to the mayor’s racist wife, she is forced to spend time in jail before becoming the mayor’s wife’s maid. Despite all the horrific injustice that Sophia has to go through, she tells Celie that she sees her as a source of hope that one day she can come home and be reunited with her family. This is just one of many touching moments between the two female characters in the film.

Sugar

“Look at Daddy, sinners have souls too.”


Shug performing at a bar at The Color Purple

Towards the end of the film, Sugar is reunited with her father, who disapproves of her flashy lifestyle. Walking into the church where her father served as pastor, Sugar sang her heart out to the gospel choir. She gave him a big hug and told him this. He embraced it with enthusiasm, and they were reunited.


The meaning of this sentence summarizes an important message of the film. Even people who look bad can do the right thing and get better. This applies to Mr. because he ends up helping Celie reconnect with Nettie at the end of the movie. This also applies to Sugar, who berates Celie at the beginning of the film and ends up being her most supportive friend.

Sugar

“I think if you walk past purple in a field and don’t notice it, it annoys God.”


smoking in purple

Another great moment of Celie and Shug walking with nature happens when Shug delivers one of the most iconic lines Purplesaying it’s a shame to be surrounded by purple and not appreciate it.

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While Shug does appreciate purple, the phrase is much more than that. Some say it’s a shame to be a creature on earth without appreciating the beauty around everyone. Even more so, because so many terrible things happen throughout the story, it’s even more important to appreciate the rare moments of beauty.

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“I’m poor, black, and I may even be ugly, but dear God, I’m here! I’m here!”


As Celie and Shug left Mister for Memphis, Celie had some great words. However, this is easily the best. One last attempt by Mr. to belittle Celie by insulting her did not work. Instead, Celie proudly tells Mr. Yes, she’s poor, she’s black, and maybe even ugly, but that’s okay. She is alive, she is here.

This sums up another touching theme Purple. Everyone has imperfections and baggage, but everyone might as well move forward and live their own lives. It doesn’t get any deeper than this.

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