Genre:  Drama, Musical
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD: November 30, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.86
based on 76 votes and 14 reviews
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Cast: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, CeeLo Green


The year is 1968. Motown is sweeping the nation and girl groups are taking the music industry by storm. Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), a young musical prodigy from an affluent Detroit neighborhood, is determined to be part of the craze. Going against her single mother's (Whitney Houston) wishes, Sparkle teams up with her two sisters, Delores (Tika Sumpter) and Sister (Carmen Ejogo), to form a musical group with the potential to make it big.

As she comes face to face with her dream, Sparkle quickly realizes that it's not all about the fame and glory. She struggles to balance family life, her career and a new romance with her manager Stix (Derek Luke), not to mention her personal and professional relationship with her sisters—the music business can be a cruel and unforgiving place, just like her mother had warned. With all of the unexpected challenges of her new life, does Sparkle really have what it takes to go all the way?

Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, which was inspired by The Supremes, a girl group formed by three sisters from Harlem in the late 1950s.

Director: Salim Akil
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Debra Martin Chase, Curtis Wallace, T.D. Jakes, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil
Screenplay: Mara Brock Akil
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  • 4 stars "I loved this movie very much- I have always loved Whitney as a singer and I saw another one of her movies - Body Guard and really liked her in there too, so I wanted to see this one too."
  • 4 stars "nice portral of whitney."
  • 4 stars "i wasn't expecting much except to enjoy a bit of music... a bit of story of struggle of fulfilling elusive dreams. to that, it succeeded and i enjoyed the story and the music; and didn't care whether it was a remake or variational fiction based on the real supremes several decades back. worth the see. i know people generally don't like anything related to christians (no matter how they are like), so if you don't, you won't like this movie, period. for sure, i feel we lost whitney houston much much too young, and miss her; too bad she didn't get to enjoy the success of this movie, as limited the audience might be."