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Sparkle (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 17 August 2012 (USA)
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In the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.


Salim Akil


Mara Brock Akil (screenplay), Joel Schumacher (story) | 1 more credit »
7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordin Sparks Thomas ... Sparkle (as Jordin Sparks)
Whitney Houston ... Emma
Derek Luke ... Stix
Mike Epps ... Satin
Carmen Ejogo ... Sister
Tika Sumpter ... Dolores
Omari Hardwick ... Levi
CeeLo Green ... Black
Curtis Armstrong ... Larry
Terrence Jenkins ... Red (as Terrence J)
Tamela J. Mann ... Ms. Sara Waters (as Tamela Mann)
Michael Beach ... Rev. Bryce
Brely Evans ... Tune Ann (as Bre'ly Evans)
Linda Boston ... Sister Clora
Sidi Henderson ... Mr. Bell


A talented young woman is torn between her dreams and her family in this musical. Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) has been blessed with a beautiful voice and a gift for songwriting, but she's afraid to perform her songs in public, in part because her mother Emma (Whitney Houston), a former entertainer whose career brought her nothing but heartache, refuses to allow her daughters to sing outside of church. But Sparkle persuades her older sibling Sister (Carmen Ejogo) to sing one of her tunes at a talent show, and the reaction proves that Sister has star quality and Sparkle can write potential hits. An ambitious would-be manager, Stix (Derek Luke), persuades Sparkle and Sister to form a singing group with their sibling Dolores (Tika Sumpter), but while the act clicks wit audiences, the sisters have to contend with their angry mother, Sister gets caught up in a destructive relationship with a short-tempered comedian (Mike Epps), and Sparkle finds herself falling in love with Stix.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Ashanti was considered for the role of Sister Williams. See more »


The venue mentioned as The Fillmore was actually named the State Theater at the time the film takes place. It didn't change to it's current name The Fillmore until 2007. See more »


Satin: Oh Rev, I bet you know a little bit more about making dollars off of people's pain. You packing 'em in the church every Sunday. Giving 'em a show, got 'em hootin' and hollerin'. Yeah, you know what Rev, the only difference between me and you, is you collect your fee at the pew. I collect mine at the door.
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When You Gonna Get Respect (When You Haven't Cut Your Process Yet)
Written by Hank Ballard, James Brown and Buddy Hobgood
Performed by Hank Ballard
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Doesn't much sparkle as have a dull shine
22 August 2012 | by rivertam26See all my reviews

Sparkle is a low rent version of Dreamgirls so to speak a remake of an unremarkable film form the 70s is a bad film make no mistake about it. The direction is very amateur, the cinematography is crap and the performances are mostly questionable but the film has its charms as well as it's good moments. And although the film is way melodramatic and unintentionally funny at parts it still manages to be entertaining and consistently engaging. The film centers on a trio of sisters in a band called well "Sisters" lol. The plotting movers along expectedly as they have a minor rise to fame while dealing with their overprotective mother, love, drugs, sex and domestic abuse. But the film also delves a little deeper into the intricate relationships between them due most to the solid performance from Carmen Ejogo as Sister she's sultry and seemingly self centered but underneath that she's extremely protective of her sisters she basically raised as her mother had problems. Because of that her position in the group and her family is a difficult, multi layered one and the best exploration is done there. Everything else feels a little forced and flimsy. I don't wanna be to hard on the film because for the most part I enjoyed it and maybe thats because I enjoy lifetime movies. It has it's good moments and it's bad and the best I can say about Whitney Houston's involvement in the film is that she was a very talented woman earlier on in her career and I hope she's at peace now. Although a mixed bag there is enough here to merit a recommendation if this type of melodramatic, musical period piece appeals to you. I'd also like to say that even though the film is set in the past it never feels that way. The consistency is off as well as the logic and it feels very modern with some retro costumes. The film doesn't much sparkle as have a dull shine. 3/5

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Release Date:

17 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,643,342, 19 August 2012

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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