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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7 April 1976 (USA)  »

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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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Referenced in Whitney (2015) See more »

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Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey
Performed by Irene Cara
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An excellent story of love & family
4 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent movie. Superb acting by Mary Alice, Phillip M. Thomas, and a young Irene Cara. Tony King was very realistic in his role of Satin. This movie was one of the last predominately "all black" movies of the 70's and unlike the "blaxploitation" movies of that era, this movie actually had a plot, and was very well done. The movie soundtrack, sung by Aretha Franklin, was popular on the R&B charts at the time.


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