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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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7 April 1976 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Lonnie Elder, writer of the Academy Award nominated screenplay for Sounder (1972) drafted Sparkle, which Joel Schumacher edited to make a 200-page basis for the film. 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

Sister: [after Delores and Sparkle discover her drug addiction] Can't you see? Sister can't fly on only one wing.....
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Remade as Sparkle (2012) See more »

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Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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Sparkle is quite a charming musical drama about three sisters forming a group
12 February 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After several years of reading about this musical film, I finally watched Sparkle on Netflix Streaming. It's about a trio of Harlem sisters consisting of Lonette McKee (Sister), Dwan Smith (Dolores), and Irene Cara (Sparkle). Philip Michael Thomas also appears as Stix who's originally one of two male members of the group before becoming the groups' manager later on. And Mary Alice plays their mother Effie. The original songs are by Curtis Mayfield who was from Chicago of which I'm also a native of. The presentations of the performances are very good especially when Ms. McKee or later Ms. Cara are showcased in their close-ups. It was also a nice treat to see Don Bexley-best known to me and others as Bubba on "Sandford and Son"-as one of the M.C.'s. The drama was maybe a little too quick the way they were presented but overall, I very much liked Sparkle. P.S. When I read the obits of Whitney Houston yesterday and found out about her involvement in an upcoming remake with Jordin Sparks as the title character and Ms. Houston as the mother, my heart broke when I realized she wouldn't live to see the result which will be released this August. So it's in her memory I dedicate this review.


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