Sparkle | Full Movie

Sparkle
  • PG
  • 1h 39m
  • 1976
Rotten13%
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Three talented sisters claw their way from the Harlem ghetto to stardom in the rock 'n' world of the 1950s, a world of fame, music and Sparkle. But even though they escape the ghetto, the sisters cannot escape its problems, and their dream of celebrity and success becomes a nightmare of jealousy and drugs in this powerful tale.

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Chicago Reader
Dave Kehr
Rotten

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

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Film4
Film4 Staff
Rotten

Drab as it is, Sparkle's worth renting for Lorette McKee's performance and the cast renditions of...

January 28, 2019
TV Guide
Rotten

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

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sparkle is the 1976 movie with Irene Cara, not the remake with Whitney Houston. It doesn't gloss over the many potential obstacles on the road to fame: There are drug dealers, mobsters, and abusive boyfriends, all of whom might derail a talented singer's dreams, and the film shows all of their unsavory behavior. There's some drug use (including cocaine), plenty of smoking, and a good amount of drinking in bars and at dinner parties. There are also some brutal domestic-abuse scenes and occasional swearing (including the "N" word).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Musical
  • Release Date:April 7, 1976
  • Highest Available for Purchase:SD

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