Cinema: Some Sweet Notes


Directed by SAM O'STEEN Screenplay by JOEL SCHUMACHER

Imagine a rock-'n'-roll act starting out in the late 1950s, a group starring three sisters, slightly reminiscent of the Supremes. That is the notion behind Sparkle, a casually enjoyable excursion into the predictable heartbreak and unlikely triumphs of show biz. Sister (Lonette McKee) is the eldest, beautiful, with a fatal instinct for the wrong kind of man. Dolores (Dwan Smith) is vaguely uneasy about everything, whether it is performing or walking down the Harlem streets. Sparkle, the youngest (Irene Cara), is the most innocent, and...

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