Sparkle

Synopsis: Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem become singers. Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs, while Sparkle (Irene Cara) ends up being the one who gets famous. This film tells of how drugs ruin Sister's relationships and eventually end her life. It is also about the relationship between Sparkle and Stix (Philip Michael Thomas).
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Sam O'Steen
Production: Warner Home Video
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
13%
PG
Year:
1976
98 min
572 Views


Come on now, choir.

Sing, children.

What's that?

Just a tune I'm working on.

Come on, girls. It's almost dark.

I don't want you

hanging around those steps.

Come upstairs to your own house.

Mama, it ain't even dark yet.

Just get on up here

and don't sass me, miss.

- See you later, Stix.

- Good night.

Later, little girl.

You make me sick.

Honestly, I can't see why those girls...

...spend so much time

out there in the street.

Only a good friend can say

what I'm about to say to you, Effie.

And you can say right back to me:

"It ain't none of your business,

Miss Waters."

But I think you'd better keep your eye

on that oldest gal of yours...

...because she's busting at the seams.

Sister? Oh, she's just high-spirited.

Always has been.

She takes after her father.

- Well, Sister, how pretty you look tonight.

- Are you here again?

- You mind your manners, young lady.

- Hi, Miss Waters.

- Sparkle, take off that dress.

- Hi, sweetie.

- Dolores, have you done your homework?

- Almost.

"Almost" ain't done.

- How about yours, Sister?

- Oh, I'm finished.

Let me see it.

Let you see it, huh?

All right.

Mom, you don't have to iron our clothes.

We're old enough to iron for ourselves.

You iron enough for them people

you work for. You ain't our maid.

Well, I enjoy ironing clothes

for those I love.

I suppose you love them crackers

you work for on Long Island too.

You better hush your mouth.

Go get your homework before I give you

this iron in a place you won't forget.

Yes, ma'am.

Honestly...

...I don't know

who teaches her such things.

You know it ain't right,

her talking to you like that.

All you've done for those girls.

Hi, Sparkle.

Let me help you.

You play real fine, Stix.

Just working out some new ideas

for when we start the group.

You sure smell good.

I used some of Sister's cologne.

You look real pretty too.

Sister fixed my hair this morning.

How come you're always

talking about your sister?

Because she's so fine.

I love her so much.

I wanna be just like her.

What about you?

What about me, what?

How old are you?

Fifteen.

You sure are pretty for a girl.

Oh, I gotta go.

You ever been kissed?

- Don't.

- Why?

It's a sin.

Well, does it feel like a sin?

Feels so good it must be a sin.

- I gotta go.

- No, you don't.

I do. I promised.

I've gotta straighten Sister's hair tonight.

I did. I promised.

Okay.

This better be something

worth my time and my trouble.

Now, would I lie to you, sugar?

I don't know. I must be crazy

coming down here with you.

For you, baby.

Where did you get this car?

Friend of mine loaned it to me.

Since when you got such friends?

I know it might come as a shock to you, girl,

but there's some things you don't know.

You stole it.

Woman, you is the most

suspicious thing I ever seen.

Go ahead, get in.

Go ahead.

These seats are soft, ain't they?

Almost as soft as you.

- Keep your hands to yourself.

- Come on, now.

You know I'm dying of love for you.

- Levi, where did you get this car?

- It's only the beginning, baby.

- The beginning of what?

- Of me and you.

Shortest story known to mankind.

Goddamn, baby. I get you this car

and I tell you how crazy I am about you.

And what more do you want?

I want the big time.

Well, you're sitting right next to it.

- Come on. Give me a kiss.

- No.

- Come on.

- No.

Open your mouth.

- Come on, open your mouth.

- No.

Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

Hey, baby, you something else.

Why do you keep on doing that

to your hair?

It wouldn't hurt you to get

a little glamour, honey.

You don't see no kink on

Miss Marilyn "S-for-Sexy" Monroe, do you?

Marilyn Monroe is a cracker.

If you keep on doing that to your hair...

It's not natural. It's not natural.

Would you hold still?

You want me to burn you?

- Sorry.

- Sparkle, I heard something on you.

Miss Waters told me she seen you

on the roof with Stix.

Ain't nothing wrong

with me talking to Stix on this roof.

Heard you was doing more than talking.

Heard you was messing.

- It ain't true.

- It is so.

- It ain't true.

- It is so.

- It ain't.

- It is so!

You want Mama to hear you?

Want her to ask what you're talking about,

then you wanna tell her?

Ain't nothing wrong

with messing, anyway.

Make sure who you're messing with...

...stops down to the drugstore first

and takes care of some business.

You hear me? Don't come around here

with no big belly, crying, talking about...

...you didn't know

what you was supposed to do.

And pick out somebody nice

with enough money in his pocket...

...so you can stop down to the jeweler at

125th Street and buy you something nice.

See what Levi got me?

Levi Brown? You kidding.

Cost $ 17. Real diamond chip.

Levi Brown hustles for nickels.

It's about time Levi got some good luck.

Sure is a mighty small stone.

You're late.

Did you play

a number yet today, Shimmy?

How can I when there's no one

to watch the store...

...while I go use the phone

on the corner?

Well, the reason

why I am late is because...

I was having this dream

and I didn't want to wake.

Yeah, yeah. Just unpack this box.

And in the middle of this here dream,

there was this blinding flash.

Just unpack the box.

And right smack-dab in the middle

of this blinding flash...

...there were three numbers.

You dreamed three numbers last night?

Well, what is they?

I just got time to call them in.

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Howard Rosenman

Howard Rosenman (born February 1, 1945), also known as Zvi Howard Rosenman, is an American producer and motion picture executive. He specializes in producing romantic comedy films and documentary films. Some of his most popular productions include Father of the Bride (1991) starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and The Family Man (2000) starring Nicolas Cage. Rosenman's documentary film Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt won the Peabody Award and the 1990 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; his film The Celluloid Closet also won the Peabody Award. more…

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