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      Sparkle

      PG Released Apr 7, 1976 1 hr. 40 min. Musical List
      17% 12 Reviews Tomatometer 90% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score In 1950s Harlem, Sparkle (Irene Cara), Sister (Lonette McKee) and Dolores (Dwan Smith) are three musically gifted sisters whose mother, Effie (Mary Alice), supports them by working as a maid. Encouraged by Sparkle's boyfriend, Stix (Philip Michael Thomas), the three form a singing group and become a sensation at a local nightclub. However, tensions rise when Sister is appointed the group's lead singer and begins dating Satin (Tony King), an abusive, drug-addicted pimp. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 14 Buy Now

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      Bonita I enjoyed everything about about. The music and acting of that time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/26/22 Full Review Audience Member Now who the hell gave sparkle one damn star!? Also, someone said something about "Effie", talking about this is based off the Supremes..Fool this isn't Dreamgirls... LMAO I guess we really do all look a like to you morons. Back to the movie, and enough about dummies, this movie is a more of a coming of age story. The girls have a strict hard working mother, all can sing and are beautiful. In the 1950's everyone wanted to be a star. Not everyone made it. I love this movie. Drugs, music, heartache, hard work, thieves, liars, and love. Sounds like a the makings of all great musical movies to me! <3 Of most rags to riches stories, this one is one of my favorites. The music, the singing... and the story are great. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Music is incredible! The music in this film is by far the greatest part. Lonette McKee shines as, Sistah. The storyline isn't difficult to follow.The acting as a whole is good, not necessarily outstanding, but good.The lighting is poor and can take away from some of the scenes, All in all, I still think Sparkle is an easily lovable film and one worth seeing. It is definitely one worth hearing, and no you can't just get the soundtrack. The soundtrack is sung by Aretha franklin, and as much as I love Ms. franklin...these songs need to be heard by the cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Something about this dragged - the story was the usual overnight success followed by disaster arising from crime and drugs - but mostly it needed better singers. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie, enjoyed the singing a lot. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie full of a lot of emotions Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker The crowded look of the film helps to compensate for the Joel Schumacher script, which appears to be no more than a skeleton. Dec 2, 2023 Full Review Keith Phipps AV Club It's a rags-to-riches story that doesn't miss a stop along the well-trod ghetto-to-musical-charts path, but makes its journey with tuneful conviction. Rated: B- Aug 16, 2012 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Hackneyed, ho-hum 1976 feature about a black girl group, clearly modeled on the Supremes. Aug 16, 2012 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Sparkle is watchable because the music by Curtis Mayfield is very good, and the ladies, even though they don't have much, at least nostalgically evoke the grace, style, and power that The Supremes had in the past decade. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 3, 2023 Full Review Jacoba Atlas Los Angeles Free Press Has all the shine of a badly cut rhinestone. Oct 31, 2019 Full Review Bernard Drew Gannett News Service [An] uneasy marriage of cliched melodrama and music in an odd March of Time technique. Oct 22, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis In 1950s Harlem, Sparkle (Irene Cara), Sister (Lonette McKee) and Dolores (Dwan Smith) are three musically gifted sisters whose mother, Effie (Mary Alice), supports them by working as a maid. Encouraged by Sparkle's boyfriend, Stix (Philip Michael Thomas), the three form a singing group and become a sensation at a local nightclub. However, tensions rise when Sister is appointed the group's lead singer and begins dating Satin (Tony King), an abusive, drug-addicted pimp.
      Director
      Sam O'Steen
      Distributor
      Warner Bros.
      Production Co
      Warner Bros.
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 7, 1976, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
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