YMMV / The Color Purple

  • Asshole Victim: Anyone else happy that Celie's abusive Pa died?
  • Award Snub: Nominated for eleven 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.
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  • Dancing Bear: The book at least is of arguable quality, but is used extensively for its subject and not its content.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • 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.
    • "Harpo" has become shorthand for a strong woman who stands up for herself in certain Black communities.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • 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, and dies a Karma Houdini. 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 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Morpheus/Jack Crawford and Taystee both appear as extras in the film.
  • Tear Jerker: THE Eighties example. To the point where's become Memetic Mutation how it's the one film that is 100% likely to make a black person cry. Parodied in shows like The Boondocks. In an interview with People magazine, Jesse L. 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.
  • The Woobie: Celie goes through hell within the first half-hour of the film.