* AssholeVictim: Anyone happy that Celie's abusive Pa died?
* AwardSnub: Nominated for eleven [[AcademyAward Academy Awards]] and won nothing; even worse, Steven Spielberg went un-nominated for directing. There was a lot of speculation that it was a deliberate snub out of pure spite, after he showed he could make an {{Oscar Bait}} movie and still make just as much money as his previous work.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic
** "The Dirty Dozen"
** "Miss Celie's [[SomethingBlues Blues]]"
** "[[EpicRocking God Is Trying To Tell You Something]]"; truly a GospelRevivalNumber
*** Shug busting in the church singing as loud as she can, makes you [[TearsOfJoy tear up something fierce]].
* DancingBear: The book at least is of arguable quality, but is used extensively for its subject and not its content.
* HoYay: Celie and Shug, though in the film version, this was regulated to subtext.
* MemeticMutation: Not in a funny way, but the "All my life I had to fight..." quote from Sofia is one of the lines that people remember.
* MoralEventHorizon: Pa is well beyond this at the beginning of the story, given how he has abused the sisters and used them as his own sex slaves. He forces himself on a series of other girls too, [[spoiler:and dies a KarmaHoudini. Fortunately he wasn't their real father.]]
** Mister appears to cross this with his horrific and systematic abuse of Celie and his banishment of Nettie, but [[spoiler:this turns out to be a subversion, as he does the right thing by her at the last moment by paying for her family to come back to her from Africa.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus]]/[[Series/{{Hannibal}} Jack Crawford]] and [[Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack Taystee]] both appear as extras in the film.
* TearJerker: THE Eighties example. To the point where's become MemeticMutation how it's the one film that is 100% likely to make a black person cry. Parodied in shows like ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.
** In an interview with ''People'' magazine, [[Series/LawAndOrder Jesse L.]] [[{{RENT}} Martin]] noted that his first date was to see this movie; he still isn't sure whether he was crying because of the movie, or the fact that he was stood up.
* TheWoobie: Celie goes through hell within the first half-hour of the film.
** IronWoobie: Sofia's the meta example
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