'The Color Purple' -- Steven Spielberg

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003751" title="Steven Spielberg" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/steven-spielberg-PECLB003751.topic">Steven Spielberg</a> became a Hollywood legend with his thrillers and childhood fantasy films, but by the mid-1980s, he was looking for a new challenge. He chose to go from the matinee-style thrills of "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEFCC000002" title="Indiana Jones (fictional character)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/indiana-jones-%28fictional-character%29-PEFCC000002.topic">Indiana Jones</a> and the Temple of Doom" to the quiet and ultra-serious themes of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002051" title="Alice Walker" href="/topic/arts-culture/alice-walker-PEHST002051.topic">Alice Walker</a>'s <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005160" title="Pulitzer Prize Awards" href="/topic/arts-culture/journalism/pulitzer-prize-awards-EVHST000005160.topic">Pulitzer Prize-winning</a> novel, "The Color Purple." The film about the travails of a poor black woman in the south during the first years of the 20th century mostly paid off for Spielberg, with positive reviews and a box office haul of $142 million worldwide. However, the film is notable for earning 11 Academy Award nominations and winning none, a signal that Spielberg's change of pace was accepted by critics and audiences, but not the voting members of the academy.
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Steven Spielberg became a Hollywood legend with his thrillers and childhood fantasy films, but by the mid-1980s, he was looking for a new challenge. He chose to go from the matinee-style thrills of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" to the quiet and ultra-serious themes of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple." The film about the travails of a poor black woman in the south during the first years of the 20th century mostly paid off for Spielberg, with positive reviews and a box office haul of $142 million worldwide. However, the film is notable for earning 11 Academy Award nominations and winning none, a signal that Spielberg's change of pace was accepted by critics and audiences, but not the voting members of the academy.

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