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Sparkle (2007)

Sam Sparks (Shaun Evans) is a charming, young chancer who moves to London. His best laid plans for success suffer a real setback when true love turns his world upside down in the most unexpected of circumstances.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley Manville ... Jill
John Shrapnel ... Bernie
Bob Hoskins ... Vince
Peter Gordon Peter Gordon ... Ivor
Shaun Evans ... Sam
Lorenzo Martelli ... Rooftop Party Man
Roy Carruthers Roy Carruthers ... Frank
Stockard Channing ... Sheila
Sophia Dawnay Sophia Dawnay ... Camilla
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Frances
David Woodcock David Woodcock ... Simon
Amanda Ryan ... Kate
Omar Berdouni ... Luis
Anthony Head ... Tony
Richard Cant ... Adrian


Sam Sparks (Shaun Evans) is a twenty-two-year-old ready to strike out on his own in moving to London, England. When landlord Vince (Bob Hoskins) gets his brother Bernie (John Shrapnel) to have friend Frank (Roy Carruthers) hire Sam as a waiter, Sam meets his soon-to-be PR boss, Sheila (Stockard Channing). Sensing opportunity, Sam charms himself a job as Sheila's PA and her lover, but when Sam falls for Kate (Amanda Ryan), he instigates a series of family revelations. As balancing his job and love life becomes overwhelming, unexpected twists and uncovered secrets force Sam to choose between his career and the love of his life. Written by Revolver

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Originally, Sam was going to be an electrician. "Sparky" is a common British term for electrician. As the plot developed, Sam went to London looking for any kind of work. The producers still wanted to call this movie "Sparkle", so they gave Sam the surname Sparks and made his mother a singer. See more »


Sheila: Do you do this sort of thing all the time?
Sam: [eating Cheerios] No. I'm usually a corn flakes man.
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Performed by Bliss
Written by Rachel Morrison & Tom Morrison (as Tom E. Morrison)
Courtesy of Bliss
Published by Copyright Control
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27 February 2007 | by mbdubSee all my reviews

Just seen this film on Dublin Film Festival and it's beautiful. OK, I would not call it a masterpiece, there aren't really any deep feelings or thoughts in there, it is just a comedy. But it is so beautifully shot.

I happened to see quite a few films recently that aim high but fall flat with their shallow performance, jerky camera movements, etc. This film is a nice break from that. It flows from scene to scene smoothly and naturally. It's like a good music by wind instruments. If everything plays in unison, you can almost physically feel the beauty of the music flow. Same here. Everything fits together so perfectly: camera work, montage, acting.

Acting is excellent. Entirely believable and funny. Especially from Amanda Ryan and Shaun Evans. (Uncle Tony was very funny as well.)

So, don't expect any incredible depth, but if you want to have a bit of fun (possibly on a date, as there is lots of romance in there as well) then this film is well recommended.

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Release Date:

7 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Искра See more »

Filming Locations:

Castletown, Isle of Man See more »


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(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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