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From Downtown to Uptown.
|A dramatic story of a musical trio's rise to stardom.|
"...a modern black classic...the soundtrack yielded such hits as "Look into Your Heart" and "Loving You Baby". Nasser Metcalfe, BlackFilm.com
Editor's NoteIrene 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.
Sparkle - DVD Review
filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 9/7/2010 5:00 AM
|Sparkle originally appeared on BBC television back in 2007, and now, on DVD in 2010, it plays about as well as one might expect any television show to play on DVD -- essentially as a pleasant, unoffensive soap opera expanded to feature length. This particular soap opera happens to populate its cast with an impressive lineup of veteran actors, but the effect on the viewer remains the same. Plodding melodrama and cornball romance play as such, even with old pros like Stockard Channing and Bob Hoskins embodying the characters....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Philip Michael Thomas|
|Bruce Surtees - Cinematographer|
|Curtis Mayfield - Original Music By|
|Gordon Scott - Editor|
|Howard Rosenman - Producer|
|Howard Rosenman - Based On Story By|
|Joel Schumacher - Screenplay|
|Peter Wooley - Art Director|
|Sam O'Steen - Director|
Plot SummaryA 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.