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Sparkle (1976)

Director: Sam O'Steen     Starring: Irene Cara Lonette McKee
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Format: DVD
Sku: 203335646
UPC: 085393197421
UPC 14: 00085393197421
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From Downtown to Uptown.
Irene Cara (Fame) and Lonette McKee (Round Midnight) sing and struggle their way to show-business glory in a Supremes-like girl group. Dynamite Curtis Mayfield soundtrack. Year: 1976 Director: Sam O' Steen Starring: Philip M. Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKeeSystem Requirements:Run Time: 98 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE
Editor's Note
Irene Cara (of FLASHDANCE soundtrack fame) and Lonette McKee star in this dramatic story of a musical trio's rise to stardom. Three sisters, who are raised in an impoverished neighborhood, have dreams of become pop singers. After a dark period which includes entering several dinky talent shows, they are finally discovered, and enter a world of glamour and fame. Like many though, they soon learn that there is a dangerous side to success, and they must find ways to combat the threat of self-destruction. A score by the infamous Curtis Mayfield adds soul to the drama, and the three women's tour-de-force performances are riveting.
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Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/11/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 98 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1976
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 31974
Video UPC UPC: 00085393197421
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Dwan Smith
Video Cast Info Irene Cara
Video Cast Info Lonette McKee
Video Cast Info Philip Michael Thomas
Video Cast Info Bruce Surtees - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Curtis Mayfield - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Gordon Scott - Editor
Video Cast Info Howard Rosenman - Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Rosenman - Writer
Video Cast Info Joel Schumacher - Writer
Video Cast Info Sam O'Steen - Director
Plot Summary
A rags to riches tale about an aspiring soul group loosely based on the Supremes. Three beautiful, young, female vocalists try to make it to the top of the charts. But they encounter heartbreak along the way...and only one will be able to achieve her dream.

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Entertainment Weekly
"One of the best things to emerge from the film version of DREAMGIRLS is the release of an even better movie, 1976's SPARKLE..." -- Grade: A- 01/19/2007 p.62

BlackFilm.com 9 of 10
Harlem, sweet Harlem. The place where dreams are born and stardom is chased with vigor. For three sisters in 1958, this journey would lead to more than they ever imagined. Released in 1976, "Sparkle" is regarded by many as a modern black classic...Perhaps one of the most soul stirring elements of the film is the music. Composed by the late great Curtis Mayfield, the soundtrack yielded such hits as "Look into Your Heart" and "Loving You Baby". If those titles sound more familiar than the movie, perhaps it's because the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin popularized these songs on the soundtrack album that was released. - Nasser Metcalfe

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Cara,Irene
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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