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Sparkle (1976)

PG | | Drama, Music | 7 April 1976 (USA)
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Three sisters form a singing group in 1950s Harlem, but success threatens to ruin their relationship forever.

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Sam O'Steen

Writers:

Howard Rosenman (story), Joel Schumacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Michael Thomas ... Stix (as Philip M. Thomas)
Irene Cara ... Sparkle
Lonette McKee ... Sister
Dwan Smith ... Delores
Mary Alice ... Effie
Dorian Harewood ... Levi
Tony King ... Satin
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Mrs. Waters
Paul Lambert ... Moe
Joyce Easton Joyce Easton ... Lee
Otis Day ... Ham (as De Wayne Jessie)
Norma Miller ... Doreen
Talya Ferro Talya Ferro ... Miss Taylor
Bob Delegall Bob Delegall ... Mr. Daniels (as Robert W. Delegall)
Armelia McQueen Armelia McQueen ... Tune Ann
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Storyline

Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem become singers. Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs, while Sparkle (Irene Cara) ends up being the one who gets famous. This film tells of how drugs ruin Sister's relationships and eventually end her life. It is also about the relationship between Sparkle and Stix (Philip Michael Thomas). Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blysk See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There were over 2,000 young ladies who auditioned for the role of Sparkle; Irene Cara ended up with the role. With her other cast mates, the trio "combine their extraordinary freshness and talent to sing to the music of Curtis Mayfield, who composed the music for the film produced by Howard Rosenman. See more »

Goofs

The film begins in 1958. But when Stix gets to work at the record store, there is a copy of The Coasters' "One By One" album, an album that was released in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Sparkle: What do you want?
Stix: Looking for a girl singer.
Sparkle: Didn't you know? This family's fresh out.
Stix: Sparkle...
Sparkle: When'd you get back?
Stix: A few days ago, my grams been real sick...
Sparkle: A few days ago. Must've been out when you called.
Stix: Sparkle... Look, I know how you feel.
Sparkle: I know you do. You know, it's funny. One brain in this room thinking for two people. Since when did you know how anybody feels? About anything except yourself, Mr. Stix Warren?
Stix: Look, Sparkle, we got a lot to talk about. But unless you talk about it,...
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Alternate Versions

UK releases are cut by 26 secs to remove footage of cockfighting. See more »


Soundtracks

Something He Can Feel
(uncredited)
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Lonette McKee, Irene Cara, and Dwan Smith
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Sparkle is quite a charming musical drama about three sisters forming a group
12 February 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After several years of reading about this musical film, I finally watched Sparkle on Netflix Streaming. It's about a trio of Harlem sisters consisting of Lonette McKee (Sister), Dwan Smith (Dolores), and Irene Cara (Sparkle). Philip Michael Thomas also appears as Stix who's originally one of two male members of the group before becoming the groups' manager later on. And Mary Alice plays their mother Effie. The original songs are by Curtis Mayfield who was from Chicago of which I'm also a native of. The presentations of the performances are very good especially when Ms. McKee or later Ms. Cara are showcased in their close-ups. It was also a nice treat to see Don Bexley-best known to me and others as Bubba on "Sandford and Son"-as one of the M.C.'s. The drama was maybe a little too quick the way they were presented but overall, I very much liked Sparkle. P.S. When I read the obits of Whitney Houston yesterday and found out about her involvement in an upcoming remake with Jordin Sparks as the title character and Ms. Houston as the mother, my heart broke when I realized she wouldn't live to see the result which will be released this August. So it's in her memory I dedicate this review.


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