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Spark (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 16 January 1998 (USA)
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Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Nicole Ari Parker star as a young African American couple who must find a way to survive when their car breaks down in a backwater, violent racist ... See full summary »

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Garret Williams

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Garret Williams
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Cast overview:
Terrence Howard ... Byron (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
Nicole Ari Parker ... Nina
Brendan Sexton III ... Mooney
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Deb
Timothy McNeil ... Stuart
Tom Gilroy ... Jack
George Gerdes ... Earl
Dewey Weber ... Toby
William Prael William Prael ... Deputy
William Bell William Bell ... Otis
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Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Nicole Ari Parker star as a young African American couple who must find a way to survive when their car breaks down in a backwater, violent racist town.Byron (Howard--Hustle & Flow) and Nina (Parker--King's Ransom) are driving from Chicago to Los Angeles, where Nina plans to start college, when they are forced to stop in a small, desert place just this side of a ghost town. Unaccustomed to confronting racism and bigotry on the scale preserved in this rural anachronism, Byron's confrontational response to slurs, epithets and threats quickly leads to a fight for survival -- and the Chicago couple is alone and outnumbered.

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Drama | Thriller

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16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Backroads
28 June 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Director Garret Williams expands on his short film of 1996 of the same title. Not having seen the first one, we took a chance at the newest version when it showed up on cable recently. Basically, the main interest was the presence of Terrence Howard, one of our most talented young actors working currently in films.

"Spark" falls into the category of road movie since its principals, Byron and Nina are traveling by car from Chicago to Los Angeles, where they plan to settle down. A lot of things happen to this pair along the way. Worst of all is the mistake they make in befriending Mooney, who is a loose canon and who plays heavily in the development of the story.

Terrence Howard had been acting for a while, so this is not his first job, yet, the actor doesn't seem to have the the same 'spark' that marks his better appearances in the cinema. He was still a few years away from "Hustle & Flow", perhaps his best work, so far. His Byron is an enigma the way it comes on the screen, following Mr. Williams' direction, or maybe the way the character was conceived. Brendan Sexton III does good work as Mooney.

A film for fans of this talented actor that will watch Mr. Howard in anything he appears.


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