This new Blitz Bazawule adaptation of the successful Broadway musical (based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name) stars Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery. Fantasia Barrino, who rose to stardom on American Idol, is making her screen debut as Celie. The multi-talented Danielle Brooks (Sofia) and Jon Batiste (Grady), former Juilliard classmates, also star. Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey, who produced the original stage musical, produced with Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones. The film has received multiple nominations from the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes.
“The movie is lively and fun, without betraying the heavy undertones of some of its subject matter. It’s a reclamation, but a buoyant rather than somber one.” — Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
“Fantasia Barrino and Danielle Brooks lead the impressive ensemble playing resilient women who persevere in an unforgiving world.” — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Marcus Gardley, Alice Walker, Marsha Norman
Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo