Sparkle

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Overview

A trio of musically talented Harlem sisters rise to become major stars of the '50s. Unfortunately, their sudden popularity causes much turmoil in their lives.
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Overview

A trio of musically talented Harlem sisters rise to become major stars of the '50s. Unfortunately, their sudden popularity causes much turmoil in their lives.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailers; Subtitles: English (Feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Like Dreamgirls, the big-screen musical this DVD release is cleverly timed to capitalize upon, Sparkle takes its inspiration from the spectacular success of the Supremes. This entertainingly overwrought 1976 musical tells the rags-to-riches story of three Harlem siblings -- sexy Sister (Lonette McKee), sweet Sparkle (Irene Cara), and grumpy realist Delores (Dwan Smith) -- who attempt to break out of the ghetto by parlaying their singing ability into a career. With help from neighborhood hustler Stix (a pre-Miami Vice Philip Michael Thomas), they begin to walk on down the bumpy road to pop stardom. Sister, for instance, gets involved with an abusive pimp on her way to a cocaine-encrusted, Billie Holiday-flavored destiny. Increasing acrimony between Sister and Delores eventually leads the latter to split town, and ultimately Sparkle is left to go out on her own. By now she’s in love with Stix, but the Mob has its hooks in him, and disaster appears to be waiting just around the corner. For pure, unadulterated hokum, it’s tough to beat Joel Schumacher’s screenplay, the first big-screen effort from the future Batman fizzler and Phantom of the Opera director. (He followed Sparkle with the comedy Car Wash and then adapted Broadway's The Wiz into a showcase for real-life Supreme Diana Ross, before cementing his black-cinema bona fides by writing and directing the Mr. T vehicle D.C. Cab.) Still, the cast plays it straight, with both Cara and McKee quite effective in sketchy roles. Even those unfamiliar with the movie may recognize nuggets from Curtis Mayfield's superb soundtrack: The songs, including the classic "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," were originally released with great success as an Aretha Franklin album in 1976. The CD is included in this two-disc package, affording an interesting contrast to the renditions delivered in the film by Cara and McKee.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/2007
  • UPC: 085393197421
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,360

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip M. Thomas Stix
Irene Cara Sparkle
Lonette McKee Sister
Dwan Smith Dolores
Mary Alice Effie
Dorian Harewood Levi
Beatrice Winde Mrs. Waters
Tony King Satin
Don Bexley
Joyce Easton Lee
Talya Ferro
John Hawker
DeWayne Jessie Ham
Paul Lambert Moe Gerber
Armelia McQueen
Norma Miller Doreen
Ken Renard
Timmie Rogers
Technical Credits
Sam O'Steen Director
Cheryal Kearney Set Decoration/Design
Curtis Mayfield Score Composer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Paredes Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Brown Producer
Zvi Howard Rosenman Original Story, Producer
Joel Schumacher Original Story, Screenwriter
Gordon Scott Editor
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Ken Swor Asst. Director
Beryl Vertue Producer
Lester Wilson Choreography
Peter W. Wooley Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sparkle
1. Precious Lord Credits [2:38]
2. Sparkle and Stix [4:04]
3. Sister and Levi [3:14]
4. Rock-'n'-Roll Show [6:03]
5. The Hook for Dareen [4:10]
6. Jump to First Prize [4:42]
7. Shan-Doo Club [3:38]
8. Hooked on Your Love [4:04]
9. Letting Satin Decide [5:03]
10. Sister's New Habit [3:49]
11. Something He Can Feel [3:59]
12. Dragged Into the Gutter [5:10]
13. Udercover Information [4:08]
14. Confrontations [4:51]
15. Sparkle's Choice [3:31]
16. Giving Up: Sister's Exit [5:20]
17. Nothing to Sing About [3:54]
18. Give Yourself a Chance [4:06]
19. Matzo Balls and Money [1:40]
20. Look Into Your Heart [5:41]
21. Verry Bad Business [3:59]
22. Loving You Baby [4:53]
23. Look Into Your Heart [3:56]
24. End Credits [1:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sparkle
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   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sparkle

    This is my most favorite movie of all times!!! Yes, it is black exploitation at it's best, but I love it. The music is off the chain and I love everyone involved with the movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    ***A MOVIE NOT TO BE MISSED***

    This movie will have you laughing, crying and most importantly embracing your friends and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    When The Music Came From Your Heart, Even Though I Wasn't Born Yet

    This is my favorite movie of all times. Mostly because of the music but because of the lessons learned by the girls, some hard. And for the fact that Sister(Lonette McKee)looks and acts so much like my late aunt Elsie, she was beautiful and a spitfire also! Everyone should watch this movie, especially with all the hub bub about Dreamgirls. Beyonce' and Jennifer couldn't hem Sparkle and Sister's dresses!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!!

    I remember watching this movie as a little girl, and now it's on DVD! This is one of my all-time favorite movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It Was Worth The Wait

    Watching this movie as a teenager in Chicago has been with me until this day. I am so elated to see at last the movie has been placed on DVD fullscreen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it, Love it, Love it

    It is one of my favorites movies of all times, I love movies about groups with the singing and dancing and drama that comes along with it. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves all those things combined.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    classic movie

    this is one of my favorite movies of all time.the music is great,the acting is fantastic,i can watch it over and over again and never get tired of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    Excellent Movie

    This movie is great! My children and I can watch this movie over and over again. It makes you laugh, cry, dance and sing. What more could you ask for?

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