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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.

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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.

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Celebrate the legend.

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Drama | Music

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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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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,643,342, 19 August 2012, Wide Release

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$24,397,469, 30 September 2012
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Irene Cara, star of the original Sparkle (1976) had met Whitney Houston several times. She said, ""I remember seeing her mother, Cissy, when I was little, [...] I remember seeing her sing in New York. They were doing a tribute to Burt Bacharach. When Whitney came on to the scene, every time I saw her I saw a little bit of her mother in her." Cara wanted to attend the premiere of the remake, but was not able due to a recent foot surgery. See more »

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In the end credits, when giving credit to the Glen Campbell variety show, Campbell's name is spelled with 2 n's. See more »

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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Soul Finger
Written by James Alexander, Ronnie Caldwell, Ben Cauley, Carl Cunningham, Phalon R. Jones Jr. & Jimmy King
Performed by The Bar-Kays
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Griup
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licnsing
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surprised how great this movie was
17 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

I get skeptic on watching movies that revolve around singing groups in the 50s-80s because I feel like they are all the same. However, I absolutely enjoyed and would love to see this movie again. Let me just say Carmen Ejogo is an absolutely AMAZING actress. She practically had me in tears throughout the whole movie because she betrayed her character so well! Im not familiar with Carmens work but she sold it. Shes stunningly beautiful, and I cant wait to see her in other upcoming films. Jordan Sparks off course is an amazing singer, and for being her first film she did a good job. I think with time shell be better actress. I think this movie was a great last goodbye for Whitney Houston. Im glad I was able to hear her sing one last time. (: This is definitely a must see, and I will for surely be recommending this movie to everyone I see.


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