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.


ALWAYS
1989, Universal, 122 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg

Based on the WWII drama A GUY NAMED JOE, this moving fantasy-romance is among director Steven Spielberg’s most underrated films. Warned by girlfriend Holly Hunter and colleague John Goodman that he takes too many risks, aerial firefighter Richard Dreyfuss resolves to take a safer job - but one last mission turns him from a pilot into a guardian angel. Audrey Hepburn costars in her final big-screen appearance.


TWISTER
1996, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Jan de Bont

Though on the brink of divorce, husband-and-wife meteorologists Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt work together to test a new storm-warning system, braving some of the most destructive tornados in movie history as they try to stay a step ahead of rival storm chaser Cary Elwes. Oscar-nominated special effects send cows flying through the air and buildings tumbling to the ground in this blockbuster helmed by action specialist Jan de Bont and co-written by Michael Crichton.


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