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Sugar (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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dominican Project  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,140, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,081,922, 9 August 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Written by Georg Dolivo, Robert Downes, Brian Forsythe, and Jackie Enx
Performed by Rhino Bucket
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Sugar is NOT a baseball movie, it is a MASTERPIECE about one man's journey
9 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Sugar is NOT a baseball movie, it is a MASTERPIECE about one man's journey I think this film will suffer from the perception that it is about baseball the same way Million Dollar Baby STILL takes a hit by being confused that the film is about boxing and THAT IS A SHAME!!!! Sugar is BRILLIANT on many different levels. The vignettes of humanity if seen by enough people will give this film the good word of mouth it deserves. It was my favorite film at Sundance. The story was about the struggle for success and the fight to make something of yourself in a land that you don't understand and doesn't understand you back. It's about humanity, alienation, exploitation and ultimately perseverance. It is a special story that is one of the best written films I have ever watched. Keep in mind, this film was written in English and then re-written in Spanish by Ryan Fleck and then Anna Boden. These 2 are going to be around for a long time and I hope their efforts come come close to what they made here. a masterpiece. I stood up and applauded at the end of the screening. All I ask is that people don't say "Oh this is about sports, I don't want to watch a sports movie" Give this film a chance and you will be touched by Sugar's magical journey.

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