Sparkle (1976)

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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. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: Sam O'Steen , Sam O' Steen
Written By: Joel Schumacher
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast

Irene Cara
as Sparkle
Dwan Smith
as Delores
Tony King
as Satin
Beatrice Winde
as Mrs. Waters
Paul Lambert
as Moe Gerber
Talya Ferro
as Miss Taylor
Robert W. Delegall
as Mr. Daniels
Don Bexley
as Bubbles
Timmie Rogers
as Comic M.C.
Ken Renard
as Shimmy
John Hawker
as Hotel Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Sparkle

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Hackneyed, ho-hum 1976 feature about a black girl group, clearly modeled on the Supremes.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Drab as it is, Sparkle's worth renting for Lorette McKee's performance and the cast renditions of Mayfield's songs. But if you're going to buy anything it should be the soundtrack album.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Film4

Good performances from the principals and a score by Curtis Mayfield nearly raise this film to a more distinguished level.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Predictable rise-to-fame tale with gangs, drugs, violence.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Sparkle

A classic movie,one that has the emotional connection of early entertainment for Black America, in my book one for the 50's movie makeing Hall of Fame Kenneth Green

Kenny Green
Kenny Green

Looks great I Will beordering the movie so that soon after I an purchase the 2012 version All you negative comments GET A LIFE>> LiveLoveLaugh

Tonya Henderson
Tonya Henderson

Had its ups and downs but the music is just great. Loved Mary Alice as Effie.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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