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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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The DVD for the film was not released until 2006 (30 years after the film's release) to coincide with the release of the long-awaited Dreamgirls (2006), the film adaptation of the Broadway Musical of the same name. See more »

Goofs

When Stix is working in the record store, the year is 1958, but there is a 1960 Coasters LP, "One On One" that is clearly present in the front of the store. See more »

Quotes

Effie: [Effie comes in and hears a hallway door close] Delores? Is that you?
Delores: Yeah, Mama.
[coming in the front room with a suitcase]
Effie: Where you going?
Delores: I'm leaving, Mama.
Effie: You're leaving for where?
Delores: I'm leaving and I'm going away.
Effie: What do you mean?
Delores: I mean... I can't live like this anymore, Mama. I gotta find another way.
Effie: Well, whatever troubles you got here
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Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey
Performed by Irene Cara
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An innocent, classic musical film that inspires!
12 March 2003 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I was 5 years old when I saw this musical movie while on vacation with my family in St. Thomas in 1977 and immediately fell in love with it. 27 years later, it is still an original inspiration for achieveing my goals that I have set to accomplish since that time!

This tragic story of a hard-core "behind the scenes" of the entertainment industry during the late 50's, "Sparkle" successfully portrays the struggle of three young sisters looking for their place in the sun. This story could simply become the biographical story of many young aspiring artists about what could materialize when things seem to happen too fast and role models are not available to lend a helping hand.

The phenomenal music written and composed by Aretha Franklin and Curtis Mayfield, the soundtrack carries the plot with every song. From being subjected to situations that almost leave no choice for strong long-term decision-making, to making the ultimate sacrifice in order to get ahead, all three young girls, Sparkle, Sister, and Delores, represent the different routes that one could take when you set out to achieve your ideal opportunity as your contribution to society.

This movie could have possibly spawned the ideas of creating "Dreamgirls" on Broadway, and Mariah Carey's "Glitter," 25 years later. As an original audience member of both productions, I have seen a lot of similarities in both stories to "Sparkle," as well as in "Saturday Night Fever," "Fame," "Flashdance," and the off-Broadway smash hit "Mama, I Want To Sing."


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