Theatrical film poster
|Directed by||Edward Burns|
|Produced by||Margot Bridger
Pamela Schein Murphy
|Written by||Edward Burns|
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 who unexpectedly meet again after twelve years apart. The film is starred by Selma Blair, Patrick Wilson, Edward Burns and Debra Messing. It also features Dennis Farina, Donal Logue and Elizabeth Reaser. Purple Violets became the first feature film to debut on the iTunes Store.
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.
|Selma Blair||Patti Petalson|
|Patrick Wilson||Brian Callahan|
|Edward Burns||Michael Murphy|
|Debra Messing||Kate Scott|
|Donal Logue||Chazz Coleman|
|Elizabeth Reaser||Bernadette (Bernie)|
|Peter Jacobson||Monroe (Cameo)|
|Bill Hader||Bookstore Fan (Cameo)|
Purple Violets' soundtrack mainly includes songs by the Alternative rock band "The Blue Jackets", notoriously the indie/rock ballads "Do You Remember" and "You Send Shivers", the latter was played during the final scene and end 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.