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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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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7 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dugámba dőltem  »

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Originally the main character, Sam, was going to be an electrician. That is why the title was Sparkle. (In the UK, a sparky is a nickname for someone in that profession.) Over time, the plot developed and Sam's character was just looking for any kind work when he went to London. The producers, however, still wanted to call the film Sparkle so had to come up with another reason for that. They therefore gave Sam the surname Sparks, and developed his mum's character as a singer. See more »


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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Performed by Bliss
Written by Rachel Morrison & Tom Morrison (as Tom E. Morrison)
Courtesy of Bliss
Published by Copyright Control
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27 February 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Just seen this film on Dublin Film Festival and it's beautiful. OK, I would not call it a masterpiece, there aren't really any deep feelings or thoughts in there, it is just a comedy. But it is so beautifully shot.

I happened to see quite a few films recently that aim high but fall flat with their shallow performance, jerky camera movements, etc. This film is a nice break from that. It flows from scene to scene smoothly and naturally. It's like a good music by wind instruments. If everything plays in unison, you can almost physically feel the beauty of the music flow. Same here. Everything fits together so perfectly: camera work, montage, acting.

Acting is excellent. Entirely believable and funny. Especially from Amanda Ryan and Shaun Evans. (Uncle Tony was very funny as well.)

So, don't expect any incredible depth, but if you want to have a bit of fun (possibly on a date, as there is lots of romance in there as well) then this film is well recommended.

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