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SPARKLE

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SPARKLE

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 116m 3s

Release date 05/10/2012

BBFCInsight Contains implied hard drug use, moderate violence and language

Genre(s) Drama, Music

Director(s) Salim Akil

Cast includes Whitney Houston, Tika Sumpter, Carmen Ejogo, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 25/09/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SPARKLE is a drama set in 1968 Detroit about a talented young singer and songwriter who forms a group with her sisters.

Drugs

One of the main characters starts to take cocaine with her husband and soon becomes addicted to it. In one scene, the husband tips some white powder onto a cigarette case and tells his wife that it will improve their lovemaking.

Violence

There is a scene in which a man punches a woman and she falls to the ground, after which her sisters defend her by attacking the man. During the struggle one of the women hits the man on the back of the head with a poker, knocking him to the ground. In another scene, seen from outside a house, a man chases a woman and hits her with a belt as she cowers.

Language

Bad language includes 'whore', 'shit', 'ass', 'damn' and 'butt'. There is also use of disriminatory terms such as 'coon', but such language is not endorsed by the film as a whole.

The film also contains various scenes of smoking, by two glamorous main characters, as well as by people in clubs and bars. These reflect the period in which the film is set.

Details

Title
SPARKLE
Year
2012
Distributor(s)
Sony Pictures Releasing
Classified date(s)
09/08/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
116m 3s
Approved footage
10444+8
BBFC reference
AFF290324
Registration number
CFJ26701

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