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The Rock-itt : October 2009
Color Purple , an adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name about a generation of empowered African- American women during depression-era America the film was a box office smash and critics hailed Spielberg's successful foray into the dramatic genre. In 1987, as China began opening to the world, Spielberg shot the first American film in Shanghai since the 1930s, an adaptation of JG Ballard's autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun starring John Malkovich and a young Christian Bale The film garnered much praise from critics and was nominated for several Oscars. After proving himself as a dramatic director Spielberg made 'Hook' put a twist on the famous character Peter Pan who was played by the middle- aged Robin Williams, and grossed 300 million dollars worldwide. In 1993, Spielberg returned to the adventure genre with the film version of the novel Jurassic Park about a theme park with Dinosaurs, the film would eventually become the highest grossing film of all time with $914.7 million. This would be the third time that one of Spielberg's films became the highest grossing film ever. Spielberg's next film, Schindler's List was based on the true story of Oskar Schindler a man who risked his life to save 1,100 people from the holocaust, the film earned Spielberg his first Oscar for Best Director (It also won Best picture) With the film a huge success at the box office In 1997 the American Film Industry listed it among the 10 Greatest American Films. Spielberg made two films (Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World, and Amistad) between his first and second best director Oscars. In 1998 Saving Private Ryan picked up a whooping 481 million dollars as well as 5 Academy Awards. In the past 10 years Spielberg continues to prove his way of the greatest directors of all time with films including: A.I, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Munich, and more recently the 4th installment of the Indiana Jones series.