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The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13
154 min | Drama

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
Writers
Menno Meyjes (screenplay) | Alice Walker (novel)
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$ 15,000,000
Opening Wknd
$ 1,710,333
Gross (USA)
$ 98,467,863
Gross (World)
$ 146,292,009
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Release date
Feb 7, 1986 (United States)

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7.8 / 10 | 68,731 votes