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Great African-American Experience Movies

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'The Color Purple' (1985)

Powerful tale of survival with wrenching scenes of abuse.

Age: 14+

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this intense drama is the adaptation of award-wining author Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" and deals with serious themes, incest, marital abuse, overt racism and sexism, that are not appropriate for young children. On the other hand, mature teenagers will benefit from seeing the movie, as it will open their eyes about the difficulties women, especially black women, experienced in the early 20th century. Many scenes include glimpses of violence and abuse, all against women, but here are also positive messages about the importance of women's relationships with other women, the power of the sisterly bond, and the human capacity to overcome oppression. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Warner Home Video)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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