'The Color Purple' Remake Is Coming to Streaming This Month

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If you've been waiting to stream the remake of The Color Purple, the wait is almost over! The critically acclaimed hit theaters on Christmas Day, and features a star-studded cast of Fantasia Barrino, Halle Bailey, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, Ciara, and Jon Batiste (among others). The movie has been racking up awards nominations, including 2 Golden Globes nominations, 5 Critics Choice Awards nominations, and an Oscar nomination for Danielle Brooks.

Like the original, The Color Purple, which is a musical/drama, follows the life of Celie, a woman born in the early 1900s who attempts to find herself after overcoming myriad struggles in her lifetime, including an abusive childhood, teen pregnancy, and a violent marriage. The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by American author Alice Walker.

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Considering the accolades the original movie earned, the topic of the remake is rather divisive, with some people excited for the release while others wonder why a remake was even necessary. No matter where you stand on the matter, watching the original is a must. Fortunately for us, the 1985 version is available to stream.

How to Watch The Color Purple (1985)

The original film can be watched from the comfort of your own home via Max, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu. Where The Color Purple is free to watch on Max if you're a subscriber, it costs $3.99 to rent on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu.

If after watching the original you’re curious to see how the new cast aligns, you can watch the two official The Color Purple trailers ahead of seeing it in theaters.

How to Stream The Color Purple (2023)

When the movie was released on December 25, it was exclusive to movie theaters, but it is coming to streaming on February 16. The movie will be streaming exclusively on Max, the streaming service of Warner Brothers, so don't expect to find it on Netflix or Hulu. If you're not a Max subscriber, you can sign up for an ad-based plan starting at $9.99 a month. The ultimate ad-free tier will cost you $19.99 a month.

If you're not interested in signing up for a streaming service, you can rent the movie from Amazon Prime Video for $19.99.

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