Sparkler (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 March 1999 (USA)
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Melba is a Californian trailer-park girl who is said to look for three kings by a phone psychic, and when she meets three guys - Trent, Brad and Joel traveling to Las Vegas, she decides ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melba May
Dottie Delgato
Sheila Tousey ...
Gloria LeRoy ...
Bunny Summers ...
Eager Old Lady


Melba is a Californian trailer-park girl who is said to look for three kings by a phone psychic, and when she meets three guys - Trent, Brad and Joel traveling to Las Vegas, she decides they are those kings and joins them on a trip. In Vegas she meets her old high school pal Dottie. Written by Anonymous

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If you can't live someplace nice, the next best thing is to live on the way


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »




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19 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csillagszóró  »

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$1,370 (USA) (19 March 1999)


$5,494 (USA) (2 April 1999)

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Melba's earrings disappear and reappear between shots at the end of the movie. See more »


Melba: I'm looking for an old friend of mine.
Old Lady: What's her name?
Melba: Dottie Delgato.
Old Lady: Dottie? Well, they all seemed to be named Dottie these days. Dottie, Tammy, Crystal, Vanna - Oh, that's a big one now! Did she have a stage name?
Melba: At the Tropicana I believe they called her Lady Luck.
Old Lady: Lady Luck? That's original. Did, uh, did she play with feathers?
Melba: I don't think so.
Old Lady: Appliances?
Melba: Not to my knowledge. I do believe she did things with a baton.
Old Lady: Oh! Oh, yeah, yeah! Lady Luck, loves to fuck!
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During the end credits, they play Flint's answering machine messages to Melba telling her to get him out of jail. See more »


References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »


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Written by Deborah Falconer
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Trailer Park Dreams
11 April 2001 | by (The Poppy Field, OZ 69666) – See all my reviews

From Darren Stein- who would direct 'Jawbreaker' a year later- comes an odd and likable little movie called 'Sparkler'. Young Mr. Stein has a distinct style, although he has yet to make a truly good movie. He doesn't seem quite capable of pulling together an entire, cohesive film, but both of his movies thus far bear his slightly weird and skewed surrealism. The title refers to the film's main character, Melba May, a middle-aged trailer park princess with dreams of getting out and a husband who nails any and every woman he can get to lie down. She stumbled across three young men at a run-down bar. They are on their way to Vegas to raise rent money. One is Trent, a pie-in-the-sky innocent capable of admiring Melba May's seedy, self-delusional glamour. He is the one who nicknames her Sparkler, and Jamie Kennedy is so cute and lovable in his quirky way that it's impossible not to like him. The other two are more cynical- Joel, dealing with his repressed homosexuality, and Brad, (played by Freddie Prinze Jr. in his only standout performance besides the one he gave in 'The House of Yes') a boy trying to be a Hollywood agent so frightened by life that he has to hide behind bluster and sneers. A lost earring and Brad's business card sends Melba May after them. She wins them their rent money, tracks down her showgirl friend Dottie, and is relentlessly persued by her trailer-trash husband because, unbeknownst to her, she's won a million dollars in the sweepstakes. This is a movie that is probably best characterized as a black comedy, as it deals quite frankly with several unsavory and potentially offensive topics but does so with a sense of humor. It has an odd brand of charm, but it's charm all the same.

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