6.9/10
1,401
21 user 18 critic

Sparkle (1976)

PG | | Drama, Music | 7 April 1976 (USA)
Trailer
3:06 | Trailer
Three sisters form a singing group in 1950s Harlem, but success threatens to ruin their relationship forever.

Director:

Sam O'Steen

Writers:

Howard Rosenman (story), Joel Schumacher
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Edit

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 ... Tune Ann
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joel Shumacher's screenwriting debut. He would later go on to write the screenplay for The Wiz (1978) which starred Diana Ross whose background as one of The Supremes served as inspiration for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Stix is working in the record store, the year is 1958, but there is a 1960 Coasters LP, "One On One" that is clearly present in the front of the store. 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, you know...
[...]
See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Hooked on Your Love
(uncredited)
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Lonette McKee, Irene Cara and Dwan Smith
See more »

User Reviews

 
An excellent story of love & family
4 January 2002 | by davesmoothSee all my reviews

An excellent movie. Superb acting by Mary Alice, Phillip M. Thomas, and a young Irene Cara. Tony King was very realistic in his role of Satin. This movie was one of the last predominately "all black" movies of the 70's and unlike the "blaxploitation" movies of that era, this movie actually had a plot, and was very well done. The movie soundtrack, sung by Aretha Franklin, was popular on the R&B charts at the time.


21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sparkle See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed