Purple Violets

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Purple Violets
Directed by Edward Burns
Produced by Margot Bridger
Edward Burns
Becky Glupczynski
Aaron Lubin
Nicole Marra
Pamela Schein Murphy
Written by Edward Burns
Starring Selma Blair
Patrick Wilson
Edward Burns
Debra Messing
Release dates
  • November 20, 2007 (2007-11-20)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million[1]

Purple Violets is a 2007 relationship comedy written and directed by Edward Burns. It is an independent film, set in lower Manhattan, about four friends from college ready for change. It features Burns, Selma Blair, Patrick Wilson, and Debra Messing.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Patti Petalson (Selma Blair) is a promising writer, but her marriage and conventional job keep her from her dream. She longs to return to her writing, especially after running into her first love Brian Callahan (Patrick Wilson), a successful crime novelist. Kate (Debra Messing) is Patti's best friend since college. She's a tough-talking schoolteacher who plays therapist to all Patti's problems, while she's got a few of her own.

Despite Brian's gorgeous Tribeca loft and perfect house in the Hamptons, he longs to write works of greater literary value. Michael Murphy (Edward Burns), his lawyer and best friend from college still carries a flame for his former girlfriend Kate, even though their relationship ended badly years ago. He tried to forget over the years but since he spotted Kate at a restaurant she becomes all he can think about. She holds a major grudge, but he will go to any length to win Kate back, knowing his feelings for her never went away.

When Patti sells Murphy a new apartment, and Brian publishes his personal novel, these old friends reconnect in unexpected ways with surprising results.


Actor Role
Selma Blair Patti Petalson
Patrick Wilson Brian Callahan
Edward Burns Michael Murphy
Debra Messing Kate Scott
Dennis Farina Gilmore
Max Baker Mark
Donal Logue Chazz Coleman
Elizabeth Reaser Bernadette (Bernie)
Peter Jacobson Monroe (Cameo)
Bill Hader Bookstore Fan (Cameo)


Purple Violets' soundtrack includes mainly songs by the Alternative rock band "The Blue Jackets" including the ballads "Do you Remember" and "You Send Shivers" played during the final scene and credits.


Purple Violets became noteworthy for being the first feature film to debut on the iTunes Store. It was released on November 20, 2007 and costs $14.99. The movie was exclusive to Apple Inc. for one month after release. Subsequently, Purple Violets was released on DVD through the Weinstein Company.


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