MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,665 this week

Sparks: The Price of Passion (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller  -  25 February 1990 (USA)
5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 65 users  
Reviews: 5 user

A female mayor (Victoria Principal) of Albuquerque gets embroiled in a fight over the development of a new economic center. In the midst of this, she receives blackmail photos of an ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (teleplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 430 titles
created 27 Aug 2012
 
a list of 11 titles
created 22 Nov 2012
 
a list of 1232 titles
created 4 months ago
 
list image
a list of 4732 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sparks: The Price of Passion (TV Movie 1990)

Sparks: The Price of Passion (TV Movie 1990) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sparks: The Price of Passion.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Kiss to Die For (TV Movie 1993)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Those Bedroom Eyes - William, a Harvard psychology professor is having trouble dealing with life after the death of his wife when he meets a beautiful woman named Ali. As their relationship... See full summary »

Director: Leon Ichaso
Stars: Tim Matheson, Mimi Rogers, William Forsythe
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Unsatisfied in her marriage, Rachel begins seeing Rick, unaware that her lawyer husband Tom is also having an affair. But she discovers that Tom hired Rick to seduce her, so that Tom could ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Lanoff
Stars: Jodie Fisher, James Quattrochi, Richard Abbott
The Naked Ape (1973)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Donald Driver
Stars: Johnny Crawford, Victoria Principal, Dennis Olivieri
Killer (1994)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A professional assassin, having just "cleaned up" a botched "job," is pressured into another new assignment by his boss. He is beginning to find himself off-balanced and self-questioning ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Malone
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Mimi Rogers, Matt Craven
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Public Sex, Private Lives is an intimate look at the professional and private lives of porn performers Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, and Isis Love. Capturing moments of joy and struggle, ... See full summary »

Director: Simone Jude
Stars: Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna, Isis Love
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Director: Norman Panama
Stars: Elliott Gould, Diane Keaton, Paul Sorvino
The Abduction (TV Movie 1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

While their marriage may have started off happily, Kate now finds that her police officer husband Paul has grown more unstable and abusive with each passing year. At long last, she leaves ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce
Stars: Victoria Principal, Robert Hays, Christopher Lawford
Don't Touch My Daughter (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young girl is kidnapped and molested by a classmate's father. The man she identifies is arrested and jailed, but is later released on bail. He calls the girl's mother and threatens to ... See full summary »

Director: John Pasquin
Stars: Victoria Principal, Paul Sorvino, Jonathan Banks
Mistress (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman who's been having an affair with a married man who's been taking care of her. When he dies she finds herself with nothing. So she tries to rebuild her life but not without the stigma of being a kept woman following her.

Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Victoria Principal, Sherry Adamo, Rowena Balos
Tryst (1994)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young man journeys to the estate of rich family in Santa Barbara, California, to visit his mother, who works there as a maid and whom he hasn't seen in many years. He winds up getting ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Foldy
Stars: Barbara Carrera, David Warner, Louise Fletcher
Trial: The Price of Passion (TV Movie 1992)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Peter Strauss, Beverly D'Angelo, Ned Beatty
Killer Looks (Video 1994)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A man gets turned on watching his wife with other men as long as she plays by the rules. When she brings home a a new stranger who likes to play his own games, the husband finds his ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Thomas
Stars: Sara Suzanne Brown, Michael Artura, Leonard Donato
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Patricia Sparks
...
Steve Warner
...
Vic Ramos
...
Cam Wilson
...
Pete
Thomas Callaway
Gracie Harrison ...
Cathy, T.V. Reporter
...
Marti Sparks
...
Orville Lemon
Radha Delamarter ...
Elinor Cummings
Steven Tyler ...
Craig Stone
Lois Geary ...
Daisy McMahon
Tory Polone ...
Cheryl Becker
Patricia Van Ingen ...
Gloria Aguilar
Joseph Andrade ...
Mike Delgadillo
Edit

Storyline

A female mayor (Victoria Principal) of Albuquerque gets embroiled in a fight over the development of a new economic center. In the midst of this, she receives blackmail photos of an overnight fling she had with a stranger and threats of blackmail. On top of all this, the city is under siege by a serial killer who hunts powerful women. When the FBI moves in for the investigation, the chief officer (Ted Wass) turns out to be the stranger. Ralph Waite shows up as a friend of the mayor pressuring her for the development. Elaine Stritch plays her mother, Hector Elizondo is the city attorney, and William Lucking is the police chief. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

blackmail | mayor | fbi | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Preis der Leidenschaft  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

MAGDELENA
Performed by Lawyers, Guns and Money
Written and vocals by William Parnall
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Victoria Sparks
10 February 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Produced by Victoria Principal's production company, she is Patricia Sparks, the Mayor of Albuquerque. Believing Principal as a mayor is only the first of the plausibility hurdles this treatment requires, though she does look lovely and has enough skill to pull off a scene of angry hysteria at the news of the death of a friend. The idea of casting Elaine Stritch as her mother is one that doesn't work, since Stritch is a different kind of performer to Principal, and they don't look physically right together.

The teleplay by John Robert Bensink and Bill Svanoe includes a serial killer of women, blackmail, opposition to Principal from big business good ole boys, and her romance with the FBI agent (Ted Wass) in charge of the homicides. The opening scene where Principal nearly has casual sex with Wass exists so that she can be photographed in a compromising pose, though Wass is hardly the casual sex type, and the blackmail a means to stop Principal's objections to city land development. However since the businessman are presented as overweight snakes, there's no doubt about the result. At first, the serial killings also seem to be related to the blackmail, however the identity of the killer when revealed is arbitrary.

The killer is profiled on television with psychobabble, `a born killer, not wanted in the people equation he landed in', and the writers idea of wit is `I could kill a puppy for a cup of coffee right now'. They also use `cowboy jive' in `If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch', in a community which is parts cowboy, latino and American Indian. The banter between Principal and Wass, where he is meant to charm her into bed, is unconvincing, which makes her sudden change of mind after an extended kiss, all the more inexplicable. And they have a later sex scene in the open, which one would think is foolhardly considering the previous trouble.

However Principal's secretary gets a laugh from reciting phone messages regarding the photograph, `Who's the guy? When can I see the mayor? How worried is she about this? And who's the guy?'.

Director Richard Colla does nothing to enliven the interminable proceedings, each plot strand is weighted indifferently, diffusing any tension, and he overuses the music score by Bob Alcivar.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Sparks: The Price of Passion (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?