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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7 April 1976 (USA)  »

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Blysk  »

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Film debut of Lonette McKee. See more »


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 »


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 Martin: All the Players Came (1995) See more »


Written by Alan Freed and Harvey Fuqua
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Predictable Story but Music and Performances Make It Worth Watching
17 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Sparkle (1976)

*** (out of 4)

Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s, the story revolves around Sparkle (Irene Cara), a talented teenager who joins a band with her two sisters but things start to unravel when the older sister gets involved with drugs. Based on the story of The Supremes, SPARKLE is a pretty entertaining gem that manages to get you caught up in the story even though there's no question it's all rather predictable and at times too cute for its own good. I think the most attractive thing the film has going for it are the songs composed by Curtis Mayfield. The songs really capture the mood and spirit of R&B during this period and while none of the songs can compare to the real hits of the day, I think each of them are good enough to at least help draw you into the story. Another major plus is the performance of Cara who easily steals the film. From the very first time you see Cara she just grabs you up and takes you along on this journey. Another good performance comes from Philip Michael Thomas as the man in her life trying to make her see how special of a talent she has. Lonette McKee is also good as the older sister who gets mixed up in the drugs. Director Sam O'Steen does a very good job with the details of the era and I thought he managed to make the scenery very realistic. You really do feel as if you're in the 1950s and that certainly helps the movie. Joel Schumacher wrote the screenplay and does a pretty nice job with the story even though there's no doubt that it's a tad bit too simple and I'd also argue that it could have avoided the blaxploitation notion that all white people are evil and just out to do bad things (the money lenders in this film). Still, SPARKLE is a good little musical that's worth seeing and especially if you enjoy the music of the period.

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