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Glitter (2001)

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A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her get into the music business, but their relationship become complicated as she ascends to super stardom.

Director:

Vondie Curtis-Hall (as Vondie Curtis Hall)

Writers:

Cheryl L. West (story), Kate Lanier (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariah Carey ... Billie Frank
Max Beesley ... Julian Dice
Da Brat ... Louise
Tia Texada ... Roxanne
Valarie Pettiford ... Lillian Frank
Ann Magnuson ... Kelly
Terrence Howard ... Timothy Walker
Dorian Harewood ... Guy Richardson
Grant Nickalls ... Jack Bridges
Eric Benét ... Rafael
Padma Lakshmi ... Sylk
Don Ackerman ... Peter
Ed Sahely Ed Sahely ... Francois
Carmen Wong Carmen Wong ... Rose
James Allodi ... Video Director
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Storyline

Billie Frank is a shy, young multiracial girl who is sent away by her alcoholic mother at a very early age. At an orphanage, she befriends Louise and Roxanne. Flash forward to 1983. Billie and her friends are spotted by a record producer, Timothy Walker, who wants them to sing backup for his latest pop-music discovery. But when super DJ Julian Dice hears Billie's incredible voice, he makes a shady deal with Timothy to get her out of that dead-end situation. Soon, Billie and Dice are making hits inside the studio, and falling in love outside of it. Eventually, the pressure of her newfound celebrity puts too heavy a strain on Billie, forcing her to decide what it is she really wants from Dice, and what she wants for herself. Written by Anonymous

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In music she found her dream, her love, herself See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Fox

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All That Glitters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,414,596, 23 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,273,372, 28 October 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,271,666
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Mariah Carey started shopping her film idea to studios in 1997. She started writing songs for the soundtrack before it got a green light. Carey admits that when the project was approved in 2000, she found songs for the movie that she'd written and forgotten about. She was only supposed to do six songs, but many collaborations with producers, writers, and artists, including Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Rick James, led to her writing the entire soundtrack. She also worked on a song with Prince, but they missed the deadline. See more »

Goofs

When Billie sings "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" on stage for the first time, the microphone cord wrapped around her hand and arm, and her hands on the microphone pole change position in every shot. See more »

Quotes

[Lying in bed after making love]
Billie: You know, I don't usually do this.
Dice: I can tell.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Loverboy
Produced by Mariah Carey and Clark Kent
Performed by Mariah Carey featuring Cameo
Contains elements of "Candy"
Performed by Cameo
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Glitter It Doesn't
9 June 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Glitter (2001)

* (out of 4)

Mariah Carey pretty much plays herself in the story of a poor girl who grew up without her parents only to work really hard and eventually make it to the top. GLITTER is considered one of the worst movies ever made. Is it? I really don't think so but at the same time there's no question that it's really bad but I think with a little common sense the thing could have worked. There are way too many problems going on here, which could have been corrected and we can start with the screenplay. I'm guessing people just watched every rise-to-fame story out there, gathered all the cliché moments and threw them into this. There's really nothing that happens here that the viewer won't see coming from a mile away and worse of all is that none of the clichés are even given little pinches of something fresh or original. Even worse is the fact that there's really no one here to root for. The Carey character is pretty bland, boring and there's never a single second where we feel bad for her. I'm guess that Carey and company just figured since people knew it was based on her that we'd immediately have a connection with her. It doesn't work this way. You're still playing a character. You still need to bring some life to that character. The screenplay still needs to give that character something to do and the viewer something to feel for. Another major problem is that the new music here is just downright bad and it's certainly nothing you'll enjoy listening to. This here could have been corrected had the film just used Carey's previous hits but I guess they didn't want to pay the extra money that it would have cost to use them. Finally, Carey herself is just downright awful here. No matter if she's happy, sad, angry and calm, she has the exact same reaction all the time. She really doesn't bring this character to life and never is she believable in the part. When you can't get any form of emotion across it's hard to make an emotional story work. Max Beesley and Terrence Howard are both good in their roles but their talents are sadly wasted. GLITTER is a really bad movie but everything wrong with it could have easily been fixed. Sadly, in the end, the producers just took a cheap and easy fix and the viewers had to suffer for it.


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