For Colored Girls

For Colored Girls is a 2010 American drama film adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 original choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, the film features an ensemble cast which includes Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandiwe Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray.

For Colored Girls
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTyler Perry
Screenplay byTyler Perry
Based onFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf
by Ntozake Shange
Produced byTyler Perry
CinematographyAlexander Gruszynski
Edited byMaysie Hoy
Music byAaron Zigman
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)
Running time
133 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$21 million[2]
Box office$38 million[3]

The film depicts the interconnected lives of ten women of color, exploring their lives and struggles as women of color.[4][5] It is the first film to be produced by 34th Street Films, an imprint of Tyler Perry Studios, and distributed by Lionsgate Films. It is also the first R-rated film directed by Perry. With a budget of $21 million, For Colored Girls was released on November 5, 2010, grossing $20.1 million in its opening weekend.

The film's lead cast consists of ten women of colour(Woc), seven of whom are based on the play's seven characters, only known by colour (e.g. "lady in red", "lady in brown", and "lady in yellow"). Like its source material, each character deals with a different personal conflict, such as love, abandonment, rape, infidelity, and abortion.

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