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"American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and six-time Grammy Award winner Whitney Houston star in the soulful drama film Sparkle directed by Salim Akil. Inspired by The Supremes, it is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name and features an all-star cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and singer Cee Lo Green. Sparkle features songs from the original film written by soul musician Curtis Mayfield, plus new compositions by R&B artist R. Kelly. It is Sparks' debut as an actress and Houston's fifth and final feature film before her death on February 11, 2012. The film is dedicated to her memory. Set in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s during the Motown era, Sparkle and her sisters Sister and Dee are talented music performers who dream the impossible. However, their overprotective single mother Emma disapproves and worries they will succumb to the pitfalls of the music industry. Encouraged by music manager Stix, who becomes Sparkle's love interest, the trio forms a dynamic singing group performing the soul-stirring songs Sparkle pens. As the sisters' fame grows, unexpected challenges of jealousy, self-doubt and insidious temptation threaten to tear them apart. Ultimately it is the powerful bond of family and love that transcends all and success prevails. by ANNIE CHU


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  • Actors: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo
  • Format: Color
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AG3UKMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn VINE VOICE on October 15, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I went to see this movie because I wanted to see Whitney Houston's last performance.

Sparkle tells the story of three sisters, raised in a nice home by a strict mother, played by Whitney Houston who used to be an alcoholic, but has found the Lord and wants to keep her daughter on the narrow path.

As you watch this movie you will begin to notice this strategy has limited success.

It's also framed as a cautionary tale about the bumpy road to fame.

One daughter is a beautiful talented singer, another Sparkle is a talented songwriter who has always been in the sister's shade but prepared to sacrifice for the good of the group. The other one is simply brainy and attractive.

The pitfalls of music and life are explored as the girls form a group and the singer gets into a relationship with a tv comedian and experiences a fall from grace. The movie explores themes of drugs and violence. Will she manage to retieve herself or will tragedy ensue? Rifts occur which threaten the family itself.

I found the movie enjoyable. I loved Whitney Houston's singing solo. The quality of songs were pretty good with a mixture of gospel music and 60s motown type pieces.

After I saw this movie I watched the original Sparkle with Philip Michael Thomas of Miami Vice, Irene Cara of Fame, and Lonette McKee.

I highly recommend you check out the original. If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member as I write you can watch it for free. While the production values of the current movie are better, the original movie definitely has its moments.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2012
This Movie is a musical and a drama combined, and I could not wait until it was released. I have been a huge fan of Whitney Houston from the very beginning of her career, and watched her move up to fame. I had great respect for her, and Love all of her music. 'The Bodyguard' is one of my favorites for her music and acting. In Sparkle, her Performance was outstanding. Her own music, I will forever Treasure. In this Movie, Jordin Sparks struggles to become a star. She is troubled with issues that are tearing her and her family apart. The story portrays an affluent Detroit area as a daughter to a single mother, Whitney Houston plays the mother, must face many challenges. Sparkle tries to balance a new romance with her music manager, while dealing with the unexpected issues of her new life as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group, during the Motown Era. The story is based on success, family relationships, and the Musician's life. I loved the movie, Acting Performance is Stunning and the memories from 'the Motown era' was delightful and Enjoyable. The music was fantastic, and the Memories of 'Motown' was mesmerizing. Her own music will live on, and all she contributed to this world. Once again, she was Amazing. My thoughts on Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You!"
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 15, 2012
Format: DVD
There is so much that many people have said about Whitney Houston through the good and the bad. When she planned on making a remake of the film Sparkle, a film that she had watched when she was a teenager, she never thought she would plan to remake the film. Sadly, she made the film and finished it shortly before she had passed away, earlier this year. No one ever thought that this would be her swan song. Nevertheless, loss was all around the film when she originally planned the film remake. The late singer Aaliyah was tapped to play the lead role in Sparkle in 2001, but because of her untimely death in a plane crash, the film was placed on the back burner for nearly a decade. The film which was released earlier this year was a somber farewell to the most important female singer in the world. With Jordin Sparks taking on the lead role, the question is could the chemistry work here. Well, it did just that.

The 2012 remake of Sparkle stands tall, telling the tale of a inspiring singer Emma, raising her 3 kids, and surprised about seeing them drive into the world of stardom. Jordin, Carmen, and the cast had a lot to learn on the film, and drive not just through Whitney Houston, but also the shadows of the people who did the original film and the music. They did it nobly well. The film showcases a inspiring mother, but also wants her children to be bigger than the wastes of life with fame. Carmen takes that lead, but sadly hides her scars well from physical abuse and drug abuse from her family. Jordin shows that she can deliver well in acting, but had more to deliver in voice. Whitney's presence in the film is the real showstopper overall.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carolette Lonestar on September 4, 2012
I had the pleasure and opportunity to see "Sparkle" this past weekend and I loved it. I can't wait for the DVD to be released. I will probably watch it over and over...
The whole cast was magnificent. Whitney did a marvelous job with the song, His Eye is on the Sparrow, and Jordin did an excellent job with the song, One Wing.
The movie was a little bit different from the original version. I love both versions.
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