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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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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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Not exactly Bollinger - more like a lovely sparkly Cava that will still warm your heart See more (11 total) »


  (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
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
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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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 »
Tony:Are you waiting for breakfast?
Tony:Do you want some?
Sam:Okay. Thanks. I'm a friend of... your daughter's.
Tony:Either that or you're after the furniture.
Sam:Oh, no, I'm not so keen on furniture, to be honest.
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Not exactly Bollinger - more like a lovely sparkly Cava that will still warm your heart, 26 August 2007
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

A sparkle is as indefinable as the soul.

We can all spot it - someone who sparkles at a party. We all want it - that magic charisma. Can you think of a time when the air sparkled? You stop what you were thinking about. You hang on to every word. Maybe a smile is slowly captured at the corner of your lips? As you open your mouth to speak, does it sound like someone else speaking? Reverie in motion. Something inside just . . . sparkles! If we could only bottle it and put it in a novel, a song, a play, a movie.

But Sparkle is no metaphysical examination of psychological attitude. It is a loving, light-hearted, low-effort comedy. And it sparkles.

Jill is the aspiring pub singer. She travels down to London with son Sam so they can both seek fame and fortune. Vince (Bob Hoskins) offers them a flat. Sam soon meets Sheila (Stockard Chaning). Sheila is a powerful, vampish woman with her own PR company. Sam soon sleeps his way into her business. But their cosy arrangement hits problems when Sam falls for Kate (Amanda Ryan). And only later does he find out that Kate is Sheila's daughter.

Sparkle does at times feel like a re-run of The Graduate, updated to a modern London setting. But its warm charm and lack of any pretentiousness wins our hearts. Hoskins has one of his most lovable roles. Shaun Evans, as Sam, perfectly balances genuine sincerity against gold-digging acumen. They all exude spontaneity and a range of conflicting emotions are handled with finesse rather than grandstanding. It can, however, verge on being too deep after telling us we will just be entertained. "I know you're a bit shallow," Kate teases Sam, and so is this movie. But do we care? Dollops of sound political correctness fill subtexts for those who have naughtily forgotten to leave brains at the popcorn stand.

If there's a moral, maybe it's that even the most horrid-seeming family members aren't bad once you know things from their point of view. The inter-relatedness and mountains of coincidence are a bit overdone for believability. But, hey, there are enough giggles to distract us as we wade through a box of Kleenex at high speed. Lesley Manville (as Jill) even does her own stage songs (the film title is from a poster where she makes a grand opening). This is shameless schmaltz - a genuine British feelgood romcom.

Director/writer Tom Hunsinger says, "We use improvisation as a means of discovery. Actors, in character and in the heat of the moment, react to situations in ways that cannot necessarily be written or predicted or easily imagined. The process lends itself to a life-like, spontaneous quirky quality allowing us to write for the individual 'voice' of each actor. Actor and character somehow 'knit together', resulting in performances that feel authentic and deeply felt." Not that I thought about that deeply about it at the time.

I actually laughed and cried till one of my contacts fell out.

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