The Color Purple, a musical drama based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and concurrent Broadway play, graced theatres on Christmas Day. Ma Gardley and Blitz Bazawule wrote and directed this 2-hour, 20-minute spectacle, rated PG-13 for mature content. The highly anticipated film marks nearly 40 years since Whoopi Goldberg’s 1985 original.
This isn’t a mere remake; both films draw from Alice Walker’s titular novel, yet the 2023 adaptation breathes new life into the Broadway musical that enthralled audiences from December 1, 2005, to February 24, 2008. Witness the magic as The Color Purple, a cinematic gem, unfolds its Broadway-inspired tale on the big screen, released on the joyous occasion of Christmas Day.
The Color Purple in Theatres Now! Global Release on January 18, 2024
The Color Purple premiered in North American theatres on December 25, 2023. International audiences will experience its release on January 18, 2024. Check popular movie theatre sites like AMC Theatres, Regal Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Fandango, and more for showtimes near you.
Although there’s no confirmed streaming release date, Warner Bros. is expected to debut it on Max for subscribers. Meanwhile, Max subscribers can currently enjoy the 1985 version for free, a cinematic classic with 11 Academy Award nominations, including a nod for Whoopi Goldberg as Best Actress.
Following the pattern, Max will stream The Color Purple within two to three months of its theatrical release, anticipated between February and March 2024.
A Story of Strength and Love
In this early 1900s emotional family drama, Celie, enduring violence and abuse from a young age, navigates life. Married to an older man who drives away her sister, Celie, with limited recourse, holds onto hope for a reunion. This poignant tale unfolds Celie’s journey towards self-empowerment and independence, as she faces numerous obstacles, enduring abuse from her husband and stepfather. Yet, amidst challenges, Celie discovers extraordinary hope and resilience, finding solace in enduring bonds of sisterhood with Nettie. Throughout the narrative, she encounters new allies who not only help her survive but also open up, defying the cruelty that surrounds her.
Dynamic Team of The Color Purple (2023)
Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg back the upcoming film, featuring much of the original stage cast alongside notable figures from film and TV. Directed by Blitz Bazawule and written by Marcus Gardley, the stellar cast includes Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Fantasia Barrino as Celie, Ciara as Nettie, Colman Domingo as Mister, and more. Don’t miss this powerful ensemble bringing the timeless narrative to life.