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Sparkle Details


A talented young woman is torn between her dreams and her family in this musical. Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) has been blessed with a beautiful voice and a gift for songwriting, but she's afraid to perform her songs in public, in part because her mother Emma (Whitney Houston), a former entertainer whose career brought her nothing but heartache, refuses to allow her daughters to sing outside of church. But Sparkle persuades her older sibling Sister (Carmen Ejogo) to sing one of her tunes at a talent show, and the reaction proves that Sister has star quality and Sparkle can write potential hits. An ambitious would-be manager, Stix (Derek Luke), persuades Sparkle and Sister to form a singing group with their sibling Dolores (Tika Sumpter), but while the act clicks wit audiences, the sisters have to contend with their angry mother, Sister gets caught up in a destructive relationship with a short-tempered comedian (Mike Epps), and Sparkle finds herself falling in love with Stix. Based on the 1976 musical of the same name, Sparkle proved to be the last major project for Whitney Houston, who died while the film was in post-production; it was also the first feature film for American Idol champion Sparks. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 17, 2012


Jordin Sparks
as Sparkle
Whitney Houston
as Emma
Derek Luke
as Stix
Mike Epps
as Satin
Carmen Ejogo
as Sister
Tika Sumpter
as Dolores
Omari Hardwick
as Levi
Cee Lo Green
as Black
Curtis Armstrong
as Larry
Tamela Mann
as Ms. Sara Waters
Michael Beach
as Rev. Bryce
Linda Boston
as Sister Clora
Debra Port
as Receptionist
David Regal
as Stage Manager
Margaret Scott
as Church Saint
Fatima Robinson
as Girl Group - Back Up Singer #1
Stephanie Moseley
as Rehearsal Dancer
Ruth E. Carter
as Sugar


Salim Akil
Salim Akil
Curtis Wallace
T.D. Jakes
Debra Martin Chase
Howard Rosenman
Screen Story
Joel Schumacher
Screen Story
Anastas Michos
Salaam Remi
Composer (Music Score)
R. Kelly
Terilyn A. Shropshire
Gary Frutkoff
Production Designer
Gary Myers
Art Director
Whitney Houston
Executive Producer
Gaylyn Fraiche
Executive Producer
Howard Rosenman
Executive Producer
Avram "Butch" Kaplan
Executive Producer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Jay Nierenberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Lucas Bielan
Camera Operator
Fatima Robinson
Russell Tyrrell
Special Effects Coordinator
R. Kelly
Executive Music Producer
Kimberly Kimble
Department Head Hair
Nancy Kirhoffer
Post Production Supervisor
Paul Linden
Visual Effects Supervisor
Larissa Michel
Production Coordinator
Jasmine Kimble
Key Hairstylist
Jonathan Wales
Re-Recording Mixer
Avram "Butch" Kaplan
Unit Production Manager
Stuart Provine
Sound Effects Editor
Efram Potelle
Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Putman
Unit Production Manager

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