The Making of the Movie

Alice Walker was consulted throughout the making of the movie.  Whoopi Goldberg approached Alice Walker after she read the book to play the part of Celie, if Walker ever decided to make a movie.  The part of Shug was harder to fill; well-known singers such as Tina Turner and Patti LaBelle turned it down before Margaret Avery accepted.[1]  Quincy Jones agreed to arrange the score of the movie that included jazz, gospel, African music and blues. [2]  The location for the movie was important.  Many were hoping to use Eatonville, GA, since it was Walker’s hometown, but too much changed there since the early 1900s.  So Marshville, NC, was chosen instead so the movie accurately portrayed the rural South.[3]


[1] Alice Walker, The Same River Twice, (New York:  Scribner, 1996), 179-180.

 [2] Walker, The Same River Twice, 178.

 [3] Walker, The Same River Twice, 184-185.

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