THE COLOR PURPLE
1985, Warner Bros., 153 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

One of director Steven Spielberg’s first serious dramas, this uplifting adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel garnered 11 Oscar nominations. In her film debut, Whoopi Goldberg stars as Celie Harris-Johnson, a poor black woman in pre-WWII Georgia who suffers abuse at the hands of her brutal husband before eventually escaping to a new life. Featuring music by Quincy Jones (who co-produced the film), the box office hit also stars Danny Glover, Rae Dawn Chong, Laurence Fishburne and Oprah Winfrey.


93 DAYS
2016, 118 min, Nigeria, Dir: Steve Gukas

This compelling drama of dedication, sacrifice, resilience and survival is based on the true story of the people who risked their lives to prevent a catastrophic virus outbreak in Nigeria. After a Liberian American collapses upon arrival at the Lagos airport, he is diagnosed with the Ebola virus; over a 93-day period, men and women from Nigeria, the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders race against time to contain the deadly disease as lives are lost and heroes are born. Starring Bimbo Akintola, Somkele Idhalama and Danny Glover.


SILVERADO
1985, Sony Repertory, 133 min, USA, Dir: Lawrence Kasdan

Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan breathes new life into familiar Western motifs in this terrifically entertaining film. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner and Danny Glover lead a great ensemble cast as cowboys who free the town of Silverado from a ruthless sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and his rancher patron. Only moderately successful at the box office, SILVERADO hit its stride in the home video market, becoming a deserving cult favorite. “A sweeping, glorious-looking Western that’s at least a full generation removed from the classic films it brings to mind.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times.


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