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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

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

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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

When Miguel is pitching to the Loons in the top of the fifth, the scoreboard already shows 0 runs. The score for a half inning is not registered until the half inning is completed. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Life gives you lots of opportunities. Baseball only gives you one.
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References American Idol (2002) See more »

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Written and Performed by Michael Brook
Courtesy of Canadian Rational LLC
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"A foreign language film that appeals to the masses"
9 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In 'Sugar', writer and director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have created a film that not only appeals to a wide audience but also plays on the heartstrings of American culture.

The portrayal of The American Dream as seen through the eyes of an outsider is an incredible insight into the fragile nature of the world. Far away from home, with a bare knowledge of the language, Miguel 'Sugar' Santos is trying to make his baseball dream come true, not just for him but for his whole family.

Although much of the film is subtitled, somehow this language barrier slips away and 'Sugar' becomes a mainstream American film, finally a foreign language film that appeals to the masses.

Whether you're a redneck truck driver or a uptown lawyer, we can all relate to the character of Miguel, we can all understand the daily struggles of trying to make your way in life, of having a dream and fighting for it.

Sugar is a film with real integrity and truth. It loses pace at times but that hardly seems to matter as Miguel Santos earns his place in the heart of the audience, a great performance from actor Algenis Perez Soto.

A must watch film.


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