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Spark (1998)


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  • Actors: Nicole Ari Parker, Terrence Dashon Howard, Brendan Sexton Iii
  • Directors: Garret Williams
  • Writers: Jim Walton
  • Producers: Jim Walton, Ruth Charny, Lynn Holst, Bob Potter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O179I6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spark (1998)" on IMDb

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Spark (DVD) (WS)

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I put this movie in my boring pile.
Cinnamon Brown
It turned out everyone in the town wasn't racist; there were some kind people.
Katrina L. Burchett
This movie was slow as molasses and about as exciting as stubbing your toe.
nina

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Z. Freeman VINE VOICE on June 1, 2007
Format: DVD
When actors have worked as long and as hard as Terrence Howard and Nicole Ari Parker, it's inevitable that there will be some films of theirs out there that have yet to see the light of day. Now that both Howard and Parker have achieved commercial success, it's no wonder that the 1998 thriller Spark has been given a new DVD release courtesy of Warner Home Video almost a decade after its original premiere in various film festivals. While this might seem like the typical production company effort to cash in on actor's commercial success through the release of older, subpar material, Spark reveals itself to be quality work that stands on its own.

From the opening credits, when we hear a car ignition start up in the dark, and then witness urban landscapes rolling away to rural scenery to the beat of Marc Anthony Thompson's original score, we know we're in the hands of a professional. Spark, the first release on the new American Black Film Festival DVD Series for Warner Home Video, starts with Byron (Terrence Howard) driving Nina (Nicole Ari Parker) from Chicago to LA so that she can begin college classes. The trip is something of a farewell trip between the couple, but when their car hits a dog in an isolated desert town causing the car to break down, things take a turn for the worse. A young mechanic named Mooney (Brendan Sexton III) tows the couple into the only auto shop in town and tensions run high as Byron's hot temper quickly puts him out of favor with the local law enforcement, the racist mechanic overcharges for the repairs, and Nina and Byron are at each other's throats.

Byron discovers a surprising and slightly awkward kinship with Mooney as the couple waits for their car to be repaired, spending the night in a local motel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Kanorky on May 28, 2007
Format: DVD
Spark is a skillfully directed uncompromising story of bigotry and vengeance in a small town. The unhurried pace of the film and vast open space of the landscape provide a stark, quiet, yet ominous contrast to the volatile character played by Terence Howard. This is a beautifully made film from a promising new screenwriter and director, Garret Williams.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Film Enthusiast on April 24, 2007
Format: DVD
I've been privileged to see this this film before its release date, and I can't stop thinking about it. For suspense, drama and top-notch directing of an incredibly talented cast, I can't recommend Spark highly enough.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Witcher on September 26, 2007
Format: DVD
The only way i found out about Spark is i was shopping at Walmart and i looked in the movies section and i saw the movie sitting on the shelf. I didn't wanna buy the movie because i wanted to see if Blockbuster Video had it for rent. So i went to Blockbuster and they didn't have it and i didn't understand why. So since i read what the movie was about and i'm a fan of Terrence Howard, i went ahead and bought the movie from Walmart. There's no excuse why this movie shouldn't be available for rent at Blockbuster so blacks can see it. I'm sure most blacks don't even know this film is out on video. I wonder how come this movie was never released in theatres. I don't like Nicole Ari Parker's hairstyle in the movie. She had her hair the same way in Divas movie with Lisa Nicole Carson, Tammi Townsend, Clifton Powell, Khalil Kain. Anyway this was a good film and i liked Terrence's character. He had a serious temper LOL.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Schacter on May 15, 2007
Format: DVD
A taught, well directed, really lovely film that showcases another great performance from Terence Howard. Plus, Nicole Ari Parker is such a talent and she rarely gets this kind of role. A definite must see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sonoflaz on March 10, 2012
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Some of the happenings shown in this movie are real life items and those happenings are color blind.
I speak from experances that mirrior some of the things brought forth in this movie.
Truth sometimes is truly stranger than fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Wilson on July 22, 2011
Format: DVD
This is one of them late night movies you watch when coming in from a late night out on the weekend. You cant ask for much for a movie shot in the late 90's. This fits that era. Of course it would not be relevant now. But they did a good job.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calamity Jane on February 16, 2010
Format: DVD
When their car breaks down in the desert (not once, but twice), Howard and Parker are at the mercy of a racist, crooked mechanic. Add the mechanic's weird son to the mix, a boy who takes a liking to the couple, and you've got what could have been a good movie. But it isn't. Howard's character is much too hostile. He's no less menacing and racist then the mechanic. Howard is a hothead who can't keep his mouth shut, not even when the mechanic clearly has the upper hand, not even when a maniac is holding a gun on him. Howard is always angry about something, shouting, mouthing off inappropriately, while his girlfriend repeatedly tries to talk him down. Over and over. Scene after dreadful scene, it goes on and on. There are countless scenes that stagnate this movie rather than moving the plot along.

To make matters worse, SPARK has a slow-witted individual who stutters through every line. It is agonizing waiting for him to say what he wants to say.

By the time the movie neared its end, I fast forwarded though the last few chapters. I didn't care who got killed, who escaped, and I didn't know who was more stupid and racist than the next guy.

SPARK is a perfect example of why I don't pay $9 or $10 to go to the theater anymore. Trailers are deceiving.
So are the five-star ratings on Amazon.
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