The Color Purple

Movie • 1985 • Drama  

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An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.
This movie contains 41 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Is there misophonia?
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Drinking sounds
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Are there nude scenes?
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Is the r-slur used?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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Anonymous
At some point basically every lead woman is stalked by every lead man. This is particularly disturbing as the men are adults and most of the women were 13-14 at the time. An abuser also later follows the abused around but does not interact and is not really doing it to intimidate them in any way.
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It is one of the main focuses of the film. The physical violence shown is minor by most modern movie standards but the fear is ever present.
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Sofia is beaten in public
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Anonymous
The lead is abused her entire life. Part of this is gaslighting.
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Is a child abused?
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The majority of the children in this movie are abused (including verbal, physical, and sexual violence).
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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Many people get drunk to handle their problems.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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gayle
It's set on a farm
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Are animals abused?
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Anonymous
Animals are mistreated and hit with fly swatters and other objects (though this is more minor than it sounds, the animals visibly recoil). The main set is also a farm and meat is shown being eaten multiple times in the movie, which some may find upsetting.
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leskileo
Yes, you can see an already dead rabbit being cut open, not too much is visible but it may be too much for some
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Are rabbits harmed?
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fraisierdesbois
There's an already dead rabbit
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Kurtz
About 2/3rds of the way through the movie, a cat appears briefly in a scene. The spider is on-screen about 5-10 seconds after the cat disappears. It's a 2-second insert shot of the spider.
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Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Flies are prominent throughout as well as a very large spider.
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Our lead is assaulted multiple times by different people and there is an on screen attempted assault of another. There is minimal violence on screen but it is a common theme in the movie and is discussed frequently as just a component of these girls’ and women’s lives. The assaults do not seem to be particularly violent and we do not see anyone physically harmed or see anyone naked, disrobing, etc. It’s just always there and if this is a trigger I’d maybe skip it. (Especially since each of the assaultors is intimately connected to the person assaulted)
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Bodily Harm
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Anonymous
Shaving a beard with a straight razor is a common theme that occurs on screen multiple times throughout the movie. A ritual that involves scarring children’s faces by cutting is shown on screen.
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Mentions of a lynching. Not shown and not confirmed to be true.
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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People are sexually assaulted multiple times and a rough childbirth is briefly shown on screen. Nothing is ever stated or shown but it could be guessed. A man also places his foot heavily and in a threatening way near another man’s genitals. Nothing happens.
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Anonymous
A women experiences non specified violence which leads to permanent damage to her eye (which we can see).
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
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Anonymous
Not kidnapped but a girl is essentially sold to a man.
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Does a parent die?
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Anonymous
Mentions of parent death. Not shown. Man revealed to not be a parent after his death.
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Does someone cheat?
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Anonymous
People dating, married, or engaged frequently engage in relationships with others. Everyone involved is aware of it.
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Are there razors?
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Someone takes a soak in a bathtub. You don't see anything below the elbows.
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Gross
Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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Someone spits into someone else's drink.
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Is there audio gore?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone self harm?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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A young child cries. It is the focus of the scene and leads to negative things.
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Is there shakey cam?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
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Anonymous
Briefly shown with little detail at the beginning of the movie. We see and hear screams of agony.
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Anonymous
Being fat and being skinny are both seen as negative in the movie.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Anonymous
Against women and black people.
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Anonymous
Calling someone dumb, stupid, and slow as verbal abuse. We understand he is being ridiculous but the language is still clearly meant to be derogatory.
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Are there n-words?
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Anonymous
Said by white people in a moment of physical violence.
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Sex
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Flirting, kissing, sexy dancing. Not much more than that.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Is there bestiality?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Anonymous
Father assaults daughter, leads to two children. Father attempts to assault other daughter but she escapes.
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Social
Are there fat suits?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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The ending is hopeful and good. However, this is a heavy movie about longtime abuse, assault, and injustice so not having a sad ending won’t mean you leave feeling joyful.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Anonymous
Minor. No injuries. Not shown from inside vehicle.
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Minor. No injuries.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Blood from cuts, noses, wounds on different occasions. Bruises and result of physical violence.
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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