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Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Sparkle”

(Warner Home Video, 1975/2007. Widescreen. 1 Disc. 98 minutes. Rated PG.) Directed by Sam O’Steen. Philip Michael Thomas (billed as Philip M. Thomas), Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood. Music by Curtis Mayfield.


The fact that Warner released this drama about an up-and-coming 60’s Harlem girl group one week after Dreamgirls premiered in theaters is purely intentional. It’s not bad, but I have the same problem with both films; the music just doesn’t sound very 60’s. Here, the talented Curtis Mayfield could certainly write a tune, but he and the movie are a product of their time – the 1970s. Still, Lonette McKee is stunning (at least until she hooks up with the wrong boyfriend…) and it’s fun to see Philip Michael Thomas pre-Miami Vice and Irene Cara pre-Fame. There are no extras except for a trailer.