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Sparkle

  • 2006
  • Neil Hunter
  • 99 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Stockard Channing, Bob Hoskins, Leslie Manville and Shaun Evans. Sam Sparks is a young man with ambition and decides to move from Liverpool to London - along with his wannabe singer mother - to seek his fortune. While working as a waiter at a party, he meets and begins an affair with the event organiser, Sheila, who hires him as her PA. However, when he unwittingly falls for Sheila's daughter, inevitable complications ensue...

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The directing/writing team of Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger (Lawless Heart) have crafted another thrilling ensemble drama with this emotionally rich tragicomedy. Shaun Evans plays Liverpool chancer Sam, who moves to London with his aspiring chanteuse mum (Lesley Manville) and begins an affair with a PR boss (Stockard Channing). But problems arise when he falls for her estranged daughter (Amanda Ryan), too. Hunter and Hunsinger adopted Mike Leigh's improvisational approach to create the story, and their sureness of touch dovetails neatly with an acute understanding of human frailty. The inclusion of Leigh favourite Manville (who sings gloriously) in the terrific cast adds to the beguilingly truthful tone. Crackling with wry wit and bittersweet wisdom, this could have become broad farce under less stringent supervision, but instead builds to a searing, honest and hugely affecting payoff.

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Credits

Cast

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SheilaStockard Channing
Sam SparksShaun Evans
TonyAnthony Head
VinceBob Hoskins
JillLesley Manville
KateAmanda Ryan
BernieJohn Shrapnel
FrancesEllie Haddington
AdrianRichard Cant
DianeJoanna Van Gysegham

Crew

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DirectorNeil Hunter
DirectorTom Hunsinger

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo Films
Released on
2007-08-17
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Formats
Colour
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