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Sparkle -- Shaun Evans plays Sam Sparks, a young man who relocates from Liverpool to London with his single mother, Jill (Lesley Manville) - a chanteuse in local bars.


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7 September 2010 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Stockard Channing ... Sheila

Shaun Evans ... Sam

Anthony Head ... Tony

Bob Hoskins ... Vince

Lesley Manville ... Jill

Amanda Ryan ... Kate

John Shrapnel ... Bernie
Peter Gordon ... Ivor
Lorenzo Martelli ... Rooftop Party Man
Roy Carruthers ... Frank
Sophia Dawnay ... Camilla
Ellie Haddington ... Frances
David Woodcock ... Simon

Omar Berdouni ... Luis
Richard Cant ... Adrian
Joanna Van Gyseghem ... Diane
Emily Davies ... Diane's Daughter
Richard Sails ... Ralph
Meriel Scholfield ... Carol (as Meriel Schofield)
Robin Craine ... Neil Buckley
Inna Cheshire ... Belly Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barlow ... (uncredited)
Phillip Barnwell ... (uncredited)
Ed Barrett ... (uncredited)
Stephen Beattie ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mike Bell ... (uncredited)
April Burns ... Protester (uncredited)
Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler ... Girl at Bus Stop (uncredited)
John Campbell ... Protester (uncredited)

Paul J. Dove ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Allan Arthur Fielding ... (uncredited)

Spencer Hawken ... (uncredited)

Kerrie Hayes ... (uncredited)

Kay Headley ... Cocktail Waiter (uncredited)

Lee Isserow ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Mike Lockley ... Bearded Man (uncredited)
Sean Nugent ... Paul (uncredited)

Lora Pilling ... Protester (uncredited)
James Spofforth ... (uncredited)
June Stenson ... (uncredited)
Penny Stenson ... (uncredited)
Michaela Stringer ... (uncredited)
Lisa Symonds ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Laura Wallace ... (uncredited)
Kerry Williams ... Protester (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Hunsinger 
Neil Hunter 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Hunsinger 
Neil Hunter 

Produced by
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Christopher Moll .... executive producer
Martin Pope .... producer
Michael Rose .... producer
Julia Valentine .... line producer
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Sean Van Hales 
Film Editing by
Martin Brinkler 
Production Design by
Cristina Casali 
Art Direction by
Simeon Halligan 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Caulfield 
Makeup Department
Teresa Barker .... additional makeup artist
Lesley Brennan .... makeup designer
Mel Crump .... additional makeup artist
Jayne Greenwood .... makeup artist
Lucy Sibbick .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jim Edge .... unit manager
Richard Lloyd .... post-production supervisor
Claire Newton .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Chambers .... trainee assistant director
Rob Cross .... trainee assistant director
Joe Geary .... first assistant director
Daniel Gill .... third assistant director (as Dan Gill)
Rebecca Hardiman .... trainee assistant director
Julie Heskin .... additional assistant director
Simon Noone .... second assistant director
Sarah Puzzar .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Nurey Al-Kahzrajie .... props
Sally Black .... production buyer
John Brown .... stand-by art director
Hugh Fottrell .... stand-by art director
Beverley Gerard .... stand-by props
Julie Hall .... stand-by props
Kate Halsall .... graphics/art department assistant
Mike Hennessey .... dressing props
Ed Oldham .... additional props
Mike Roberts .... dressing props
Sound Department
Ben Brazier .... sound editor
Robert Brazier .... sound editor
Gary Desmond .... sound recordist
Tim Fraser .... sound recordist
Jess Richards .... assistant sound: Isle of Man
Chris Roberts .... adr editor
Chris Roberts .... adr supervisor
Anna Sulley .... sound effects editor
Justin Wilkinson .... boom operator
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Jeremy Brown .... sound trainee (uncredited)
Ray Nicholas .... stunt coordinator
Bean Peel .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bassnett .... grip assistant
Paul Benson .... additional electrician
Lawrence Carter .... additional rigger
Mark Davenport .... assistant camera
Dave Glossop .... rigger
Joe Judge .... gaffer
Simon Lewis .... key grip
Joseph Mastrangelo .... second assistant camera
Michael McHugh .... best boy
Louis Mulvey .... camera operator
Lenny O'Brien .... electrician
Jon Priddle .... first assistant camera
Mike Prior .... additional electrician
Dean Rogers .... still photographer
Colin Simkiss .... additional electrician
Matilda Smith .... assistant camera
Tony Wilcock .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Bev Lawley .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Dunn .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Trevor Brown .... colorist
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Lol Hammond .... music supervisor
Steve Parr .... score recordist
Transportation Department
David Callister .... unit driver
Andrew Duncan .... unit driver
Ade Holland .... unit driver
Peter Lamont .... unit driver
Tony Lamont .... unit driver
Sammy Pasha .... driver
Dave Yates .... unit driver
Other crew
Ollie Allgrove .... assistant coordinator (as Oliver Allgrove)
Shanna Baynard .... assistant production coordinator
Mia Bays .... marketing and distribution
Chris Chambers .... runner
Warren Clark .... set security
Denise Hanrahan .... assistant to producer
Tom Harnick .... location manager
Chris Ingram .... production assistant
Alistair MacKay .... electronic press kit
Sue Mahoney .... script supervisor
Miguel Pariente .... location accountant
Daryl Shute .... assistant to producer
Reinhard Spiolek .... production accountant
Sian Sutherland .... location manager
Anna Tracey .... production coordinator
Duncan Woods .... location manager
Thomas Woods .... production runner
Charles Gant .... thanks

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Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Sheila:Have you been harassing my staff?
Bernie:I was going to ask you the same thing.
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I Only Want To Be With YouSee more »


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12 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Weak and quite bland, 20 December 2007
Author: poowk from United States

I thought the plot was somewhat weak and the male character very unlikable. He seemed to be selfish throughout the film and remained so even in the end. I did not find myself cheering for a happy ending. The only character I did like was the struggling mother trying to make it as a singer, but that side story really had no parallels with the main plot. The rest of the story flowed in a very predictable manner and was quite unoriginal. After watching the movie, I felt like I had just wasted my time. I don't recommend watching it unless you have a profound love for British accents and that, that alone would satisfy your time in watching the movie.

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