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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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7 April 1976 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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

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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Connections

Referenced in Whitney (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Potion No. 9
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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An excellent story of love & family
4 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent movie. Superb acting by Mary Alice, Phillip M. Thomas, and a young Irene Cara. Tony King was very realistic in his role of Satin. This movie was one of the last predominately "all black" movies of the 70's and unlike the "blaxploitation" movies of that era, this movie actually had a plot, and was very well done. The movie soundtrack, sung by Aretha Franklin, was popular on the R&B charts at the time.


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