Sugar (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  24 April 2009 (USA)
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Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jose Rijo ...
Walki Cuevas ...
Santo Silvestre ...
Umpire #1
Emmanuel Nanita Carvajal ...
Cesar Emilio Minaya C. ...
Joendy Pena Brown ...
Kelvin Leonardo Garcia ...
Marcos Rosa ...
Zaida Alexandra Hernandez ...
Lilin Soto Gonzales ...
Dioni Feliciano ...
Teodosia Sanchez Reyes ...
Walky Alvarez ...


By 2008, more than 25 percent of major league baseball players were born in Latin America. At 19, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a serious kid from the Dominican Republic, signs with Kansas City. He flies to Phoenix for tryouts and is sent to the Class A team "The Swing" in the fictional town of Bridgetown, Iowa, where he lives with a farm family. Thus begins his odyssey: leaving his mom and girlfriend; living in an alien culture; learning English; overcoming jitters; working hard; achieving early success; navigating friendships, occasional racism, and a woman's mixed signals; dealing with an injury; trying performance-enhancing drugs; and, searching for his place in the world. Will he make it to the Majors; will he play in New York? Written by <>

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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24 April 2009 (USA)  »

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$60,140 (USA) (3 April 2009)


$1,081,922 (USA) (7 August 2009)

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After this film was shot, the name of the team in Iowa was changed from the Quad City Swing to its former team name of the Quad City River Bandits. See more »


While Sugar is riding the bus in Iowa for Spring training, the corn in the fields has tasseled at a time when the soil and weather would prevent it from being planted. See more »


Earl Higgins: No drinking. No cervezas in the casa. No chicas in the bedroom.
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12 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for another "sports" film, this isn't it. Sure, it's about Dominican baseball players trying to make it in the United States, and get some money for their families, just as African-Americans use the NBA to get out of the ghetto, but it is so much more.

Baseball isn't the story here. It is just a backdrop. The story is immigration.

It was funny watching Miguel 'Sugar' Santos (Algenis Perez Soto) put up with an Iowa farm family when he went to play "A" ball. They didn't speak Spanish, and he didn't speak English. The daughter (Ellary Porterfield) seemed interested, but couldn't take the big step.

He left for New York when he felt his game go. He managed to find a new life. Not completely without baseball, but without making it to the majors. Life is like that. It's what happens when you make other plans.

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