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Sparkle -- An aspiring singer-songwriter (Jordin Sparks) defies her over-protective mother (Whitney Houston) to form a musical trio with her sisters, only to encounter the temptations of success.
Sparkle -- Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.
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  (in credits order)

Jordin Sparks ... Sparkle

Whitney Houston ... Emma

Derek Luke ... Stix

Mike Epps ... Satin

Carmen Ejogo ... Sister

Tika Sumpter ... Dolores

Omari Hardwick ... Levi

CeeLo Green ... Black (as Cee-Lo Green)

Curtis Armstrong ... Larry

Terrence Jenkins ... Red (as Terrence J)

Tamela J. Mann ... Ms. Sara Waters (as Tamela Mann)

Michael Beach ... Rev. Bryce

Brely Evans ... Tune Ann (as Bre'ly Evans)

Linda Boston ... Sister Clora

Sidi Henderson ... Mr. Bell

Erika Hoveland ... Larry's Secretary

Debra Port ... Receptionist
Kem ... Buddy (as Kem L. Owens)
Sarah Hansen ... Heckler
Doug Mingo ... Goofy Guy

Mark Rademacher ... Filmore Manager
David Regal ... Stage Manager
Cory Pritchett ... Ham

Howard Rosenman ... Landlord

Robert Forte Shannon III ... Stix's Opponent (as Robert Forte Shannon)
Margaret Scott ... Church Saint

Goapele Mohlabane ... Girl Group - Lead Singer
Fatima Morris ... Girl Group - Back Up Singer #1
Keeley Morris ... Girl Group - Back Up Singer #2 (as Keely Morris)

Brittany Perry-Russell ... Sparkle's Back Up Singer #1
Charmaine Jordan ... Sparkle's Back Up Singer #2
Dalibor Stolevski ... TV Host
Tiffany Alexander ... Prison Guard

Stephanie Moseley ... Rehearsal Dancer
Temecha Myers ... Rehearsal Dancer

Ruth E. Carter ... Sugar
Melora Rivera ... Hussy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arnold Agee ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Eligah Alexander Jr. ... Patron in Audience (uncredited)

Lynn Anderson ... Columbia Records Executive (uncredited)

Delaney Baynham II ... Church Member (uncredited)

Toya D. Brazell ... Woman With Wig (uncredited)
Michael Stephen Bryant ... Orchestra Trumpeter (uncredited)
Michael W. Campbell Jr. ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Michael B. Clark ... Officer Rapp (uncredited)
Deborah Claybaugh ... Cliff Belles Patron / Prisoner (uncredited)
Andrew Dow ... Detective (uncredited)
Sabrina Dungan ... Record Store Patron (uncredited)
Tiffani Elise Edwards ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)

Helena Ellison ... Audience Member (uncredited)
James Feaheny ... Columbia Records Executive (uncredited)
Jacqueline Forton ... Violinist (uncredited)
Steve Gast ... Officer McKenzie (uncredited)
Pam German ... Neighbor (uncredited)
David Glahn ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Ron Heisler ... County Coroner (uncredited)

Brett Hendrix ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tim Jenkins ... Guitarist (uncredited)
Krystal Katz ... Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Shirley Moon Koebbe ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Abe Larkin ... Couple (uncredited)
Norine Marsh ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Ralph H. Meyer ... Coney Island Cook (uncredited)
Mikal ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Da'Ron Mitchell ... Valet Worker / Bartender (uncredited)

Rose Anne Nepa ... Patron in Audience (uncredited)
Jill Opal Oliver ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Terri Partyka ... Orchestra Timpanist (uncredited)
Krishawn Peace ... Church Girl (uncredited)
Ryan Pearson ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Vincent Pelligrino ... Orchestra Violinist (uncredited)
DaJuan Rippy ... Driver (uncredited)
Nicholas Ritz ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Lin Rountree ... Trumpet Player in Club (uncredited)
Julie Ariane Russell ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)
Stephanie Schaberg ... Columbia Records Employee (uncredited)
Kristyn Shelley ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Gary Lee Simpson ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Nikki Smith ... Extra (uncredited)
Connie Sonnenberg ... Orchestra (uncredited)
Eric Adam Swenson ... Businessman (uncredited)
Eric Tuchelske ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Chelsea West ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Mark Allan White ... Taxi Driver 3 (uncredited)
Mozi Zhuli ... Columbia Employee (uncredited)

Directed by
Salim Akil 
Writing credits
Mara Brock Akil (screenplay)

Joel Schumacher (story) and
Howard Rosenman (story)

Produced by
Salim Akil .... producer
Mara Brock Akil .... producer
Debra Martin Chase .... producer
Gaylyn Fraiche .... executive producer
Whitney Houston .... executive producer
T.D. Jakes .... producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... executive producer (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
Scott Putman .... executive producer
Howard Rosenman .... executive producer
Curtis Wallace .... producer
Derrick Williams .... co-producer
Original Music by
Salaam Remi 
Cinematography by
Anastas N. Michos (director of photography) (as Anastas Michos)
Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
Casting by
Tracy 'Twinkie' Bird  (as Tracy 'Twinkie' Byrd)
Production Design by
Gary Frutkoff 
Art Direction by
Gary Myers 
Set Decoration by
Tina Tottis 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
Makeup Department
Shannon Bakeman .... key hair stylist
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... makeup department head
Lauri Cuppetilli .... key makeup artist
Jasmine Kimble .... key hair stylist
Kimberly Kimble .... hair department head (as Kim Kimble)
Kym Lee .... key makeup artist
Zoe Brown .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Mia Collie .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jessica Y. Hernandez .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louise Holoday .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kimberly Jones .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Kimberly Jones .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Patricia Krupske .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robbin Kujus .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jayne Laube .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... unit production manager (as Avram Butch Kaplan)
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Daniel A. Mondschain .... production supervisor (as Daniel Mondschain)
Scott Putman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christy Busby .... second second assistant director
Peter Dress .... second second assistant director (as Pete Dress)
Lisa Meier .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Kevin O'Neil .... second assistant director
Darin Rivetti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Justin Lamg .... set designer
Justin N. Lang .... set designer (as Justin Noble Lang)
Mark Sanger .... on-set dresser
David Stasiak .... propmaker
Kristie Thompson .... set decorator: Los Angele
Michael A. Watt .... leadman (as Michael Watt)
Amie McCarthy Winn .... property master (as Amie McCarthy-Winn)
Andy Bays .... painter (uncredited)
David Boyd .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Drew Finos .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Amy Graham .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ronald Hill .... charge scenic (uncredited)
Deborah Jurvis .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Gaby Kuhn .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Mark Kwiatkowski .... set dresser (uncredited)
Justin Mutschler .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Peabody .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Bobby Rhodes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brittin Richter .... props (uncredited)
Tom Sparkman .... signwriter (uncredited)
Kim Thrasher .... set buyer (uncredited)
Jim Warren .... set decoration buyer: additional (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ryan Briley .... assistant sound editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Michael Faba .... sound utility (as Mike Faba)
Aaron Grice .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor
Bryan Mendoza .... sound utility: Los Angeles
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer (as Steve Morrow)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Stuart Provine .... sound effects editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Ginger Geary .... foley artist (uncredited)
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kevin Nanaumi .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Sturgess .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Dean Tyrrell .... special effects foreman
Jake Tyrrell .... special effects technician
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Sean Apple .... compositing: Dilated Pixels
Natalie Coon .... roto artist: Dilated Pixels
P.J. Foley .... visual effects producer: Dilated Pixels (as PJ Foley)
Paul Linden .... visual effects supervisor: Dilated Pixels
Chucky Malko .... visual effects artist: Dilated Pixels
Chris Peters .... visual effects artist: Dilated Pixels
Efram Potelle .... visual effects supervisor: Dilated Pixels
T.J. Sakasegawa .... visual effects: Dilated Pixels (as TJ Sakasegawa)
Brian Skvarla .... visual effects artist: Dilated Pixels
Ele Bardha .... stunt coordinator
Amber Whelan .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Baker .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike Bauman .... chief lighting technician: Los Angeles
Lucas Bielan .... camera operator (as Lukas Bielan)
Lucas Bielan .... director of photography: Los Angeles (as Lukas Bielan)
Marvin J. Bowie .... lighting technician
James Frank Brown .... video assist operator (as James Brown)
Alex Carr .... digital imaging technician: Los Angeles
Mike Conner .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mike Conner .... best boy electric
Joe Elrom .... digital loader
Scott Friedland .... key grip
Alicia Gbur .... still photographer
Andrew Hoehn Jr. .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Andrew Hoehn)
Gregg Horvath .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Tucker Korte .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Jamie Lagerhausen .... key grip: Los Angeles
Seth A. Peschansky .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Seth Paschansky)
Trevor Rios .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
David Schmalz .... video assist operator: Los Angeles
Anthony 'Spike' Simms .... chief lighting technician (as Anthony Simms)
John Wendling .... dolly grip
Felecia Hatcher Brown .... follow spot operator (uncredited)
Tom Cornell .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Drew Dawson .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike Dzialowski .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Geoff Ernst .... electrician (uncredited)
Ryan Faulkner .... grip (uncredited)
Jim Hentges .... grip (uncredited)
Kevin D. Hewitt .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Brad Irvin .... rigging best boy electric (uncredited)
Mark Karavite .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Brian Kelly .... rigging electric (uncredited)
Dean M. King .... key grip (uncredited)
Brad Knopf .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Adam Kogelman .... grip (uncredited)
Joe Layson .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casey McClurken .... grip (uncredited)
Chris McLeod .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Miller .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Ted Nimz .... electrician (uncredited)
Cory O'Dea .... grip (uncredited)
Jedediah Shoemaker .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Carl F. Shuffett .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Stephen Smith .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
Lon Stratton .... camera operator (uncredited)
Keith Wandrei .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Adams .... additional casting
Michelle Adams .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Brett Hendrix .... extras casting production assistant
Germán Legarreta .... casting assistant
Kathy Mooney .... casting: Michigan
Janet Pound .... casting: Michigan
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting
Chris Bustard .... extras casting: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Brittany N. Grooms .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Jill Hamburgo .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Ryan Hill .... extras casting: Michigan (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Anthony .... key set costumer
Mary Kasprzak .... set costumer
B. Michael .... wardrobe designer: Ms. Houston
Corey O'Sullivan .... set costumer
Devon Patterson .... costume supervisor (as Devon Patterson Wilson)
Anthony Rivera Jr. .... set costumer (as Anthony Rivera)
Chloe Ji Yoon .... Costume illustrator
Felecia Hatcher Brown .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Kathy Fennessy .... set costumer (uncredited)
Kimberly Leitz .... set costumer (uncredited)
Barbara Marko .... costumer (uncredited)
Gina Nalli .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Paul E. Alderman .... first assistant editor (as Paul Alderman)
Mandy Arnold .... digital intermediate editor
Aziza Ngozi .... first assistant editor (as Aziza Ngozi Walker)
Aziza Ngozi .... post-production assistant (as Aziza Ngozi Walker)
John Persichetti .... digital colorist
Morning Star Schott .... digital intermediate producer (as Morningstar Schott)
David Townsend .... post-production coordinator
Reed Whorton .... post-production assistant
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Rob Randall .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Cat Rowe .... digital color assist (uncredited)
Benjamin Sutor .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Todd Bozung .... supervising music editor
Tim Davies .... score arranged by
Jaclyn Newman Dorn .... music editor (as Jaclyn Newman)
R. Kelly .... executive music consultant
Michael Mindingall .... piano coach: Jordin Sparks
Marvin Morris .... on-set music editor
Michael Parlett .... musician
Frank Wolf .... song mixer
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Gregory Clark .... vocal coach: Tika Sumpter, Carmen Ejogo (uncredited)
Serge Courtois .... score assistant engineer (uncredited)
Kier Lehman .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Justin Moshkevich .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Corey Askins .... transportation coordinator
Darrell Foley .... driver (uncredited)
Kimmie Knudsen .... driver: cast
Jim DePue .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Demond Dickerson .... driver (uncredited)
Jennifer Gonzalez .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Jonathon Isom .... hair/make-up driver (uncredited)
Kurt Knudsen .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Robert Middendorff .... driver (uncredited)
Dean Miller .... rigging electric driver (uncredited)
Frank Morreale .... unit driver (uncredited)
Franco Rea .... driver (uncredited)
Robert'Bob'Rice Sr. .... production van driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Benjamin Bourque .... assistant to mara brock akil
Alasdair Boyd .... location manager: Los Angeles
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach: Ms. Ejogo
Ulysses Carter .... assistant: Ms. Houston
Ian Courtney .... adt'l set production assistant
Joylene 'Jaeblaze' Frazer .... assistant choreographer
Tai Gaffney .... travel coordinator
Ryan Gomez .... first assistant accountant
George Goodwin .... second assistant accountant
Pennie-Marie Hawkins .... stand in/double
Pennie-Marie Hawkins .... stand-in
Jessica Heemskerk .... accounting clerk
David Hickey .... payroll accountant
Mary Jones .... assistant: Ms. Houston
Michael S. Jones .... location manager (as Michael Jones)
Nicholas Lazarus .... second second assistant accountant
Chelsea Leonowicz .... production assistant
Tim McClure .... location assistant
Larissa Michel .... production coordinator
Chris Raby .... production assistant
Bridget Reddeman .... key assistant location manager
Arian Simone Reed .... unit publicist
Melora Rivera .... assistant: Mr. Akil
Fatima Robinson .... choreographer
Marjorie Rudick .... assistant production coordinator
Kelly Schwarck .... production secretary
Emelia Rae Stark .... production assistant (as Emelia Tse)
Josh Stewart .... executive assistant: Ms. Chase
Joshua Stewart .... executive assistant: Ms. Martin Chase
Hirotatsu Taniguchi .... production assistant (as Hiro Taniguchi)
Julia Tasker .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Carolyn Tolley .... script supervisor
Gena Varajon .... location assistant (as Gena Verajon)
Robert Voakes .... craft service
Ryan Whan .... production accountant
Mark Whitehead .... assistant: Ms. Chase
Josielyn Works .... production assistant
Andrew Amato .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Iden Baghdadchi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Samuel Barill .... production assistant (uncredited)
Benjamin Benedetti .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Leore Berris .... production assistant (uncredited)
Geralyn Clark .... production staff (uncredited)
Ideene Dehdashti .... base camp production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Durling .... production assistant (uncredited)
Pamela B. Green .... creative director: titles (uncredited)
Derrick Hanna .... production assistant (uncredited)
Pennie-Marie Hawkins .... stand-in: Carmen Ejogo (uncredited)
Thanh Hoang .... background crew (uncredited)
Krystal Huffman .... hand double for Tamela J. Mann (uncredited)
Elizabeth B. Jackson .... key craft service (uncredited)
Jason Jamal .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kellin Johnson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Krieger .... location scout (uncredited)
Kelly Kropog .... production secretary (uncredited)
Darcy Leutzinger .... lead armorer (uncredited)
Kelli Parsons .... production assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Christopher Stanback .... production associate (uncredited)
Matthew Traylor .... background production assistant (uncredited)
Jarik Van Sluijs .... titles (uncredited)
Joseph Victor .... production assistant (uncredited)
Daniel Warnock .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Jojuan Westmoreland .... stand-in: Cee-Lo Green (uncredited)
John C. Wise .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Wittenberg .... medic coordinator/set medic (uncredited)
Whitney Houston .... in loving memory of

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:15 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #47186)

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Just like the original film, the plot for this film was inspired by the Motown recording group The Supremes who would later be named "Diana Ross and The Supremes".See more »
Anachronisms: The venue mentioned as The Fillmore was actually named the State Theater at the time the film takes place. It didn't change to it's current name The Fillmore until 2007.See more »
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20 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Sparkle but no Shine, 19 August 2012
Author: cshprodigy from United States

Was not hyped about new "Sparkle" and didn't really want to see but we did this am. Glad we only paid $6.00, not worth much more. Film wasn't able to capture original's essence; the important cautionary tale of stardom. Houston purchased rights to script in late 90s and was going to make it a Aaliyah vehicle. This would have worked perfectly as Aaliyah had a strong acting talent; Jordin Sparks can't act nor does she have any 'star quality', certainly not enough to carry this film. Film was in preproduction when Aaliyah died so it was placed on hold.

Main problem is the writing. In trying to update script, writers mover location from Harlem to Detroit and time from late 50s to 1968. Fine; writing however was lacking big-time. I think they wanted to capture "Sparkle" with a touch of "The Five Heartbeats" and they failed. Dialog was dry, boring, and over done. Not surprising as the production team is the creators of The Game. "Sparkle"/"Five Heartbeats" made you care about the characters, not here. Add to bad writing, bad editing; it was more like a music video and you never felt like it was 1968 since all the costumes weren't authentic and looked like they were merely retro copies. The camera angles used were so slick that it came off as overdone. I think they forgot that in 1968 we weren't wireless. We needed Mic's, amps, and full bands, not synthesizers and computers. Most of the performances were displayed without any equipment. I guess film makers don't understand less is more. They also tweaked the most important and crucial element of the story (ie Sister's OD) which completely made the ending unbelievable and you felt like the lesson of the story was lost and never learned. It was strange watching one other thing about the film; the removal of it's black culture. The writers mention the race riots 2x in film but depict Detroit as being beautifully multicultural. All scenes have a nice balance of multi-ethnicities intermixing and socializing w/each other. It was like watching the Houston "Cinderella". The mixed cultures used there was intentional to remove the idea of race, but here it sticks out especially since one of the original story lines was about the civil rights movement. The writers only touched on this briefly and simultaneously on the dysfunctional family element during one scene. It was very sad to see and completely unrealistic of the time period.

Next of course is casting. I love artists who are 'triple' threats but they must be masters in all the elements of entertainment. I'm not a big fan of hiring singers to act and this film displays why. Sparks was exceptionally weak as Sparkle. First and foremost this is a black story about a black family. Like Carra and McKee, Sparks is mixed but where the aforementioned women are decidedly "women of color" (culturally) , Sparks is obviously more "white". I am not referring to her appearance but to her manner. Anyone who knows Lonette McKee knows exactly what I am talking about. Sparks tone of speech, delivery of lines, and lack of a natural rhythm stuck out b/c of this difference. Surprisingly Houston actually delivered the strongest of the women. God rest her soul, Houston wasn't always thought the best actress but she came out well here. Her acting was it's strongest since "Bodyguard" maybe b/c was telling her own story about the trappings of success. It's very obvious the production was expanded to showcase her scenes a/f her death. Her only song is in it's entirely w/o any edits. Supporting cast (the men) is stronger which helps the ladies but since the writing isn't there, it's all for moot.

Music- Where to begin? R. Kelly, sorry you are not Curtis Mayfield. Film is set in Motown 68, music shouldn't like 2012. Closing tracks, "One Wing" and "Love Will" sound way too much like today. Kelly needs some more throwback if he's really going to take this to Broadway. His arrangement of "Something He Can Feel" was nothing more than an EnVogue cover. I was left wondering if he's heard Aretha's original masterpiece.

All I can say don't go expecting have the same sentimental feeling for the original, you won't. I was hoping this would be so good that I wouldn't compare it to the original. Instead, I sat through this film wishing I were home watching my DVD of the original. Ulimately this film focuses too much on appearance and not enough on substance, much like our society today. It lacks the serious heart and empathy of it's predecessor.

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