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Sparkle (1976)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music  |  7 April 1976 (USA)
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A girl group experiences turmoil after one of their members turns to drugs and another achieves their desired fame all by herself.

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Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem become singers. Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs, while Sparkle (Irene Cara) ends up being the one who gets famous. This film tells of how drugs ruin Sister's relationships and eventually end her life. It is also about the relationship between Sparkle and Stix (Philip Michael Thomas). Written by Anonymous

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The story for the film is based heavily on the real life occurrences of the Motown recording group, The Supremes (Later known as, "Diana Ross & The Supremes"). See more »

Goofs

The film begins in 1958. But when Stix gets to work at the record store, there is a copy of The Coasters' "One By One" album, an album that was released in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Sparkle: What do you want?
Stix: Looking for a girl singer.
Sparkle: Didn't you know? This family's fresh out.
Stix: Sparkle...
Sparkle: When'd you get back?
Stix: A few days ago, my grams been real sick...
Sparkle: A few days ago. Must've been out when you called.
Stix: Sparkle... Look, I know how you feel.
Sparkle: I know you do. You know, it's funny. One brain in this room thinking for two people. Since when did you know how anybody feels? About anything except yourself, Mr. Stix Warren?
Stix: Look, Sparkle, we got a lot to talk about. But unless you talk about it,...
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Loving You Baby
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Irene Cara
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Unforgettable
12 July 2006 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie every chance I got, back in the Seventies when it came out on cable. It was my introduction to Harlem, which has fascinated me (and Bill Clinton) ever since. I was still very young, and the movie made a big impression on me. It was great to see a movie about other young girls growing up, trying to decide whom they wanted to be, and making some bad choices as well as good ones. I was dazzled by Lonette McKee's beauty, the great dresses they eventually got to wear, and the snappy dialogue. As someone being raised by a single mother as well, I could really identify with these girls and their lives. It's funny, these characters seem almost more real to me than Beyonce Knowles!


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