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Glitter (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  21 September 2001 (USA)
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A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her get into the music business, but their relationship become complicated as she ascends to super stardom.


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Billie Frank is a shy, young multiracial girl who is sent away by her alcoholic mother at a very early age. At an orphanage, she befriends Louise and Roxanne. Flash forward to 1983. Billie and her friends are spotted by a record producer, Timothy Walker, who wants them to sing backup for his latest pop-music discovery. But when super DJ Julian Dice hears Billie's incredible voice, he makes a shady deal with Timothy to get her out of that dead-end situation. Soon, Billie and Dice are making hits inside the studio, and falling in love outside of it. Eventually, the pressure of her newfound celebrity puts too heavy a strain on Billie, forcing her to decide what it is she really wants from Dice, and what she wants for herself. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All That Glitters  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,414,596 (USA) (21 September 2001)


$4,273,372 (USA) (26 October 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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U.S. cable channel VH-1 aired an "edited for TV" version of the international release, with the "Columbia" logos at the start and end of the movie. See more »


Set in New York City, but obvious Toronto landmarks (most noticeably the CN Tower and the Sky Dome) are in the background of several shots. See more »


Dice: I like hanging out wit you, Billie.
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De-fanged "A Star is Born"
9 July 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Glitter" might have been a camp classic if the story wasn't so dull and downbeat. It's yet another rewrite of "A Star Is Born", here turned into a vehicle for pop star Mariah Carey and apparently patterned after her own rise to the top (audiences weren't fooled, however, by the updated, late-night-movie clichés). Carey's funky/erotic music is driving (and her performance as blazing new talent Billie Frank is adequate), but the script for "Glitter" seems left over from the 1950s. Didn't the writers realize that times have changed and that Billie didn't have to be such a diva-doormat? Actresses of a lot higher caliber than Mariah Carey have fallen into this trap--they just don't want to see themselves on the screen acting bitchy and tough, so they end up playing the simp. "Glitter" features some rich cinematography (nice shots of the Big Apple), but it is too soft to make an impression--even as an unintended comedy. *1/2 from ****

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