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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)

Lesley Manville ... Jill

John Shrapnel ... Bernie

Bob Hoskins ... Vince
Peter Gordon ... Ivor

Shaun Evans ... Sam

Lorenzo Martelli ... Rooftop Party Man
Roy Carruthers ... Frank

Stockard Channing ... Sheila
Sophia Dawnay ... Camilla
Ellie Haddington ... Frances
David Woodcock ... Simon

Amanda Ryan ... Kate

Omar Berdouni ... Luis

Anthony Head ... Tony
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)
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 Jerome 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
Location Management
Tom Harnick .... location manager
Sian Sutherland .... location manager
Duncan Woods .... location manager
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
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
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
Anna Tracey .... production coordinator
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:Take my word for it, just because you love someone doesn't mean you get them.See more »
I Only Want To Be With YouSee more »


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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
beautiful, 27 February 2007
Author: mbdub from Ireland

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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