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Sparkle (2007)

Sam is a charming, young chancer who moves to London. His best laid plans for success suffer a real setback when true love turns his world upside down in the most unexpected of circumstances.
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Roy Carruthers ...
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Sam Sparks is a 22-year-old ready to strike out on is own in moving to London. When landlord Vince gets his brother Bernie to have friend Frank hire Sam as a waiter, Sam meets his soon-to-be PR boss, Sheila. Sensing opportunity, Sam charms himself a job as Sheila's PA... and her lover, but when Sam falls for Kate, he instigates a series of family revelations. As balancing his job and love life becomes overwhelming, unexpected twists and uncovered secrets force Sam to choose between his career and the love of his life. Written by Revolver

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gigolo | waiter | landlord | moving | party | See All (67) »

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7 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dugámba dőltem  »

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1.78 : 1
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Originally, Sam was going to be an electrician. "Sparky" is a common British term for electrician. As the plot developed, Sam went to London looking for any kind of work. The producers still wanted to call the film Sparkle, so they gave Sam the surname Sparks and made his mother a singer. See more »

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Vince: They're not all they're cracked up to be - dads.
Sam: Yeah, but Vince, you know, you'd think you'd know who you slept with, if you're a woman.
Vince: I wouldn't know.
Sam: But if you're gonna have a kid...
Vince: Well, people are different. I didn't do a lot of it because, well, for various reasons, it wasn't on the cards for me.
Sam: Yeah, but it's just not nice to think that your mum's easy.
Vince: She's not "easy." There was a sexual revolution going on, and some people were at the forefront of that.
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Soundtracks

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Performed by Lesley Manville
Produced by Lol Hammond and Murray Clark
Composed by Boy George (as George O'Dowd), Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig)
© EMI Music Publishing Limited
By kind permission of EMI Music Publishing Limited
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not really feel-good
7 September 2007 | by (london uk) – See all my reviews

Not as good as the writers'/directors' previous effort, LAWLESS HEART, despite an array of fine actors. I think the problem lies in the limited range of the male lead. Scenes between everyone else work well enough, but his cheeky-chap persona grates after a while. This is more of a criticism of the script than of the actor. When we finally see his vulnerable side, it's too late for the rom-com ending.

The relationship between the characters also seems too conveniently close-knit to convince. Sure, by definition every work of fiction is artificial, a fabrication. There was a central idea in LAWLESS HEART - a bereavement - that bound the whole thing together. Here, unfortunately, the inter-connections seem worthier of a novel than a movie.

Bob Hoskins is particularly endearing in SPARKLE, so fans of his should see the movie if they can. Otherwise, in spite of reliable performances from reliable performers, this feels like a rather half-hearted attempt at a feelgood movie.


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