* AssholeVictim: Anyone else happy that Celie's abusive Pa died?
* AwardSnub: Nominated for eleven [[UsefulNotes/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.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: As she paints her red nails, she is told by one of the children that Celie is shaving Mister. She continues on at first as the camera zooms on her abruptly stopping, hiding [[OhCrap her facial expression of seeing the bigger picture.]]
* 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.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4xg9lyEhP8 Oprah pees for 10 minutes.]]
* 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.]] [[Theatre/{{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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