Directed By: Sam O'Steen Starring: Irene Cara Lonette McKee

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A dramatic story of a musical trio's rise to stardom.


Studio Warner
SKU 205520202
UPC 085391184317
UPC 14 00085391184317
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Rating Rating
Musicals/Music Videos
Rags To Riches
Rhythm And Blues
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Sam O'Steen
Irene Cara
Lonette McKee
Cast & Crew
Bruce Surtees - Cinematographer
Curtis Mayfield - Original Music By
Dwan Smith - Actor
Gordon Scott - Editor
Howard Rosenman - Producer
Howard Rosenman - Based On Story By
Irene Cara - Actor
Joel Schumacher - Screenplay
Lonette McKee - Actor
Peter Wooley - Art Director
Philip Michael Thomas - Actor
Sam O'Steen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1976
Catalog ID 118431
UPC 00085391184317
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Monsters and Critics
Review Sparkle fans can thank the recent Dreamgirls for finally getting this 1976 movie out onto DVD. Though its impact is lessened by the countless other "from the gutter to stardom" movies that have come and gone. The film has a television movie feel to it and the 1970s cinematography doesn't help matters...The screenplay is written by Joel Schumacher from a story by Howard Rosenman. It must be that nobody knows black Harlem like Joel Schumacher. I jest, Schumacher would be the last person that I'd think would've thought of to pen this type of movie. What the movies does have in its favor are the songs by Curtis Mayfield. Though some of them are poorly lip-synched in the beginning, they're great songs. They're even greater when performed by old pros like Aretha Franklin...The music by Curtis Mayfield does put it above the others. However, Aretha Franklin is not called the Queen of Soul for nothing and her performance is more powerful than the actual ones from the movie. Sparkle fans will be glad to see it, but the rest of us might want to consider a rental to warm us up for Dreamgirls.
Reviewer Jeff Swindoll
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club ...makes its journey with tuneful conviction...a musical pageant with a lovingly realized setting...
Nasser Metcalfe, ...a modern black classic...the soundtrack yielded such hits as "Look into Your Heart" and "Loving You Baby".

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