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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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Moe
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Tune Ann
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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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Blysk  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 7 April 1976
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Although the film was reported to be a disastrous box office bomb back in 1976, the box office records for the film have remained anonymous and it is unknown how much money the film made during its theatrical run. See more »

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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

Delores: We're old enough to iron for ourselves. You ain't our maid.
Effie: I always iron clothes for the ones that I love.
Delores: I suppose you love them crackers that you work for?
Effie: You watch your mouth. Now, go get your homework before I give you a sign in a place you won't forget.
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Dedicated To The One I Love
Written by Ralph Bass and Lowman Pauling
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Unforgettable
12 July 2006 | by 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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