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Sparkle (1976)

PG | | Drama, Music | 7 April 1976 (USA)
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A girl group experiences turmoil after one of their members turns to drugs and another achieves their desired fame all by herself.

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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
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
Norma Miller ... Doreen
Talya Ferro Talya Ferro ... Miss Taylor
Bob Delegall Bob Delegall ... Mr. Daniels
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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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 7 April 1976
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sparkle was previewed by an appreciative audience in Baltimore in March. The crowd of 1300 is said to have applauded, screamed and displayed loud attestation to their feelings that it was good movie. 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,...
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Connections

Edited into Afro Promo (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooked On Your Love
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Lonette McKee, Irene Cara and Dwan Smith
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Sparkle
19 November 2006 | by sspsllcSee all my reviews

The movie was actually a romantic drama based on three sisters who had desires to become a famous girl group. In their endeavors, the oldest sister meets a drug dealer and street hustler called Satin, whom Sister goes after because she believes he is the "big time" who will give her everything she ever thought she wanted out of life. Though he could be accused of killing her, he really kills only her spirit and will to live, after which she becomes a drug addict and ultimately dies from an overdose. The story isn't about the street life or the Italian mobster who tries to buy Stix off, then threatens him, it's about how love can overcome even the worst tragedies in life as portrayed in song and style and the character that was the life in the times for young women trying to be "discovered" back then.


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