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Sparkle (1976)

PG | | Drama, Music | 7 April 1976 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 7 April 1976
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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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Soundtracks

Hooked On Your Love
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Lonette McKee, Irene Cara and Dwan Smith
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Sparkle is quite a charming musical drama about three sisters forming a group
12 February 2012 | by 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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