I stayed up and watched The Color Purple last night. Gosh, I can't remember when I saw it last, probably around the time it came out. The movie is riveting. I'd forgotten how sad it is. Some big name actors in it, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover to name a few.
There's one scene where two teenage sisters, who are extremely close, are torn apart by the abusive husband of the one sister. Simply because the other sister wouldn't sleep with him. and hit him where it counts. It's powerful and heart breaking, and very hard to watch. They don't see each other again for something like 40 years.
If you haven't seen it I recommend it. But fair warning, it's a long movie.