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What will it take to you kill you Mr. Sparks? See more »
A masked vigilante who discovers the dark side to heroism. Going after the nation's most notorious super criminal leaves Sparks' life and reputation in ruins. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Amazing story and wonderful movie. 1940s Noir Superheroes! See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order)

Chase Williamson ... Ian Sparks

Ashley Bell ... Lady Heavenly

Clancy Brown ... Archer

Jake Busey ... Sledge

William Katt ... Matanza

Marina Squerciati ... Dawn

Clint Howard ... Gordon Eldridge

Scott Rinker ... Mr. Docherty (as Scott Allen Rinker)

David Sobolov ... Jason Driver

Larry Cedar ... Mr. Prather

Esteban Cueto ... Cain

Dave Hanson ... Blasini

Stephen Kearin ... Concierge

Jeremy Rowley ... Orson

Austin Michael Coleman ... Teenage Sparks (2012)
Chase Johnston ... Young Sparks
Chris Gross ... Officer Lennington

Ben Messmer ... Officer Mitchell

Cathleen Kaelyn ... Officer Humphries

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Sparks Grandmother

Kevin Sherwood ... Rick Lane

Meredith Zealy ... Emma Sparks

Ron Zimmerman ... Landlord
Matthew Oster ... Sailor Boy
Julius Weil ... Governor Wolfe

Corey Tocchini ... Doctor Carlson

Angelina Folino ... Olivia Magusin / Felicity Driver
Jarred Sutton ... Jarred Driver

Ryan Veronick ... Young Boy

Riley Rose Critchlow ... Secretary Rose Guillen
Merritt Hemenway ... Reporter Magusin
James Clouet ... Reporter Ayotte
Derek McCaw ... Reporter Velasco

Art Kulik ... Reporter B.P. Richards

Stu Brumbaugh ... Officer Bengt Jonsson

Alberto De Diego ... Dan O'Brien
Tyler Endicott ... Officer Dartgnan

Daniel Ross ... News Reporter (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Bordner ... Police Radio Dispatch VO
Dominic Folino ... YoungCain
Emerson Katt ... Ring Master Jesus
Greg Nolan ... Ralph 'The Liar'
Misty Orman ... Kelly Sherwood - Dawn's Mother
Maria Forlenza Oster ... Nurse
Jake Ray ... Young Sledge

Brady Romberg ... Billy 'Two Face'
Cristina Sutton ... Hotel Maid Luisa Maria Velloso
James Sutton ... Officer

Von Thomas ... Dillan Smith Security Guard

Directed by
Todd Burrows 
Christopher Folino 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Folino  writer

Produced by
Todd Burrows .... associate producer
Brett Carleton .... associate producer
Max Carlson .... associate producer
Tyler Endicott .... producer
Angelina Folino .... executive producer
Christopher Folino .... producer
Rose Folino .... executive producer
William Katt .... executive producer
Gregg Nolan .... associate producer
Brady Romberg .... associate producer
Manuel Silva .... associate producer
Mike Anthony Smith .... producer (as Michael A. Smith)
James Sutton .... producer
Eric D. Wilkinson .... producer
Chase Williamson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jacob Shea 
Cinematography by
Josh Fritts 
Jackson Myers 
Film Editing by
Max Carlson 
Casting by
Michelle Metzner 
Art Direction by
Brandi Creason 
Set Decoration by
Peggy Paola 
Makeup Department
Gabriela Banda .... makeup artist/hair stylist
Andrea Burish .... special makeup effects artist
Athena DeCocq .... makeup assistant
Cat Elrod .... makeup artist
Bryan Fulk .... special makeup effects artist
Andrew San Jose .... makeup artist
Robert Lindores .... special makeup effects designer
Robert Lindsay .... special makeup effects artist
Stephanie Navarro .... makeup department head
Angel Prado .... key hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lianir Lopez .... first assistant director
Brady Romberg .... second unit director
Mike Anthony Smith .... first assistant director (as Michael A. Smith)
Art Department
Tom Humphrey .... property master
Michelle Mace .... set dresser
Matthew Maldonado .... miniature model maker (as Matt Maldonando)
Sam Miller .... art department pa
Todd Peterson .... carpenter
Suzy Riffel .... set dresser
Sound Department
Tom Hite .... sound
Daniel Kresco .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Pieper .... adr mixer
Special Effects by
Kevin Beauchamp .... special effects foreman
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects coordinator
Brian Fires .... rotoscope
Visual Effects by
Ehren Addis .... lead visual effects artist
Brian Fire .... visual effects artist
Sean Ruge .... visual effects artist
Koby Azarly .... stunt rigger
Koby Azarly .... stunts
Rustic Bodomov .... stunt performer
Freddy Bouciegues .... fight coordinator
Freddy Bouciegues .... stunt performer
Jon Braver .... stunts
Kevin Patrick Burke .... stunt double: Blasini
Chris Carnel .... stunt double: Stephen Kearin
Austin Michael Coleman .... stunt performer
Dustin Courtney .... stunt performer
Esteban Cueto .... stunts
Wayne Dalglish .... stunt coordinator
Wayne Dalglish .... stunt performer
Eddie Davenport .... stunt double: Clancy Brown
William De Vital .... stunt rigger (as William Devital)
Kyle Derek .... stunts
Kyle Derek .... utility stunts
Danny Downey .... stunt double: Stephen Kearin
Nick Epper .... stunt performer
Timothy Eulich .... stunt double: Chase Williamson
Sergio Garcia .... stunt performer
Chuck Hosack .... stunt double: Jake Busey
Precious Jenkins .... stunt performer (as Preshas Jenkins)
G. Grant Jewett .... stunt double: Hotel Waiter
Joel Michael Kramer .... stunt double: Clancy Brown
Art Kulik .... stunt double: Clancy Brown
Lauren Kym .... stunts
Sam Ly .... stunt double: Austin Michael Coleman
T. Ryan Mooney .... stunt double: Stephen Kearin
T. Ryan Mooney .... stunt performer
Mark Parra .... stunts
Brady Romberg .... stunt coordinator
Brady Romberg .... stunt double: Chase Williamson
Luci Romberg .... assistant stunt coordinator
Steve Rummenie .... stunt performer
Tony Snegoff .... stunt rigger
Tony Snegoff .... stunts
Nick Stanner .... stunts
Steven Stone .... stunts
Josh Tessier .... stunts
Clay Van Sickle .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... fight coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jameson Barker .... lighting technician
Adam Beffa .... grip
Ben Benesh .... key grip
Stu Brumbaugh .... best boy electric
Caleb 'Muscles McGee' Bucy .... grip
Brett Carleton .... gaffer
Chris Cogan .... best boy grip
Scott Coleman .... steadicam & camera operator
William B. Demeritt III .... steadicam
Jacob Fleming .... grip
Frank Anthony Garbutt .... grip
Jay Guffey .... electrician
Jeff Hayford .... first assistant camera
Matt Isgro .... second assistant camera: first unit
Keon Javanshir .... first assistant camera
George Kokkers .... grip: pickups
David Landreth .... first assistant camera
Matt Lim .... grip
Robin Mallard .... electrician
Daniel McNutt .... grip
Fernando Morales Jr. .... electrician
Eric Munk .... grip
Brandon Musselman .... gaffer
Steve Pace .... electric intern
Ranjeet Rajan .... grip
Darryl Rue .... grip: pickups
Sarah Schulte .... grip
Seva Shybkou .... additional lighting technician
Usevalad Shybkou .... lighting technician
Harry Souders .... best boy grip
Randy Stift .... camera operator
Randy Stift .... camera
Ryan Thomas .... grip
Von Thomas .... digital imaging technician & dallies colorist
Erica Thurlow .... electrician
Nathan Tieman .... camera operator (as Nate Tieman)
Robert Toombs .... electrician
Emily Topper .... gaffer
Joseph Turrentine .... electrician
Eric A. Wahl .... camera operator
Pat Wallner .... electrician
William Waters .... grip
Jason Wheeler .... grip
Tom Whitehead .... best boy electric
Marc Wiercioch .... first assistant camera
Bobby Woo .... key grip
Avihai Yaffe .... dolly grip
Micah Zarlow .... dolly grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Castillo .... costumer
Athena DeCocq .... costumer
Beth Glasner .... costumer
Teri O'Connor .... costumer
Manuel Silva .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Athena DeCocq .... post production supervisor
Paul Pieper .... deliverables coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniel Kresco .... score mixer
Peter Nelson .... score mix assistant
Jacob Shea .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Michael Bell .... creative consultant
Brittani Carter .... production assistant
Kyle Derek .... set medic
Danny Donahue .... production assistant
Jeffrey Giles .... international sales
Zach Harrison .... behind the scenes footage
Ukyah King .... production assistant
Michael Lurie .... international distribution
Michael W. Miliotti .... animal trainer
Craig P. Nesbitt .... craft service
Edward Sandor .... fire marshall pickups
Rory Schulte .... script supervisor
Mike Seabolt .... production assistant
Spencer Steadman .... production assistant
Clay Van Sickle .... key armorer
Tyler White .... production coordinator
Austin Michael Coleman .... special thanks
Kim Renea Coleman .... special thanks


Additional Details

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97 min | USA:90 min

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Continuity: When Sparks and Heavenly find the grating in the alley, Heavenly crouches down with Sparks as he removes it, but in the next shot, she's standing again.See more »


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78 out of 142 people found the following review useful.
Amazing story and wonderful movie. 1940s Noir Superheroes!, 20 March 2014
Author: fauxfire76 from United States

I write this review neither as a professional critic nor as someone directly involved with movie making. Instead I am simply a long time fan of movies in general and of the various genres that make up the melting pot that is Sparks. Sparks in its simplest description is a combination of noir style and superhero action with a late 1930s to early 1940s backdrop. It is a wonderful film and should be included in anyone's personal catalog of DVDs.

Sparks is based on a graphic novel of the same name written by Christopher Folino. During the original run of the comic he and William Katt (yes of Greatest American Hero fame) decided to try to bring it forward as a film. There's more to it than that but this is supposed to be a review of the film and hot a historical treatise of it. However, it does bear to point out that the film was produced completely independently. It is very much a labor of love and it shows in the finished product.

Visually the film is a study in contrast. Scenes are shot in a way that is similar in feel to a combination of Sin City and a theatrical production. Because the production was completely independent and was shot quickly in one location, a lot of green screening was used. Much like it was in Sin City but it doesn't take anything away from the shots. It's the same kind of feeling you would get watching a play where you know the characters aren't actually in the location they're pretending to be in but you accept the conceit and go along for the ride anyway.

The effects overall are magnificent. Yes certain nitpicks could be made about their quality if you were to go frame by frame but given that all the visual effects were the work of TWO guys alone, it's a marvel of artistry and talent. For a superhero movie, there aren't that many big, in your face effects (no city destroying climax here) but how and when they're used is done to perfectly illustrate and forward the plot which is a lesson that many effects heavy blockbusters could learn.

The musical score is perfectly interwoven to the film and blends in with the entire package to nicely frame things and add to the flow without being blaring or overpowering the dialog. It is dramatic without being corny. No noticeable dead girlfriend violin.

The acting was spot on with Chase Williamson (John Dies At The End) going from adorably sweet one moment (the meeting Lady Heavenly scene is perfect illustration) to angry and world weary the next with ease as Ian Sparks. Ashley Bell (Last Exorcism) is wonderful as Lady Heavenly in every aspect of the character. To say more about her portrayal would be to spoil a bit of plot. Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, and Clint Howard all turn in stellar performances but William Katt deserves special note for his chilling portrayal of Matanza. He delivers his lines and presence with a gravitas that is calm and sinister without being campy.

The plot and writing is where the movie shines the most. Like most noir works (at least that I've seen) the film makes heavy use of flashbacks. Sometimes repeating the same moment but from different points of view or with people admitting things they hadn't before. Sparks will not spoon feed you everything up front but by the end of the movie you will get what was going on. Fair warning though that it will not happen until quite literally the last minute but the film does tie up all the loose ends in a very satisfying way. More than once you will find yourself going "Ohhhhhh so that's what that was." So to sum up, is the film absolutely 100% completely perfect? No. But it is a masterpiece of ingenuity, storytelling, and a perfect demonstration that for all the jadedness in the world, there's still some magic to be found in movies. Beyond all that, it's just a fun movie to watch with a great story and the world needs more great stories. Here's to hoping there's a sequel somewhere down the road.

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