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

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$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 »

Goofs

In the "thank you" list during the end credits Iowa Governor Chet Culber is mentioned. The governor's name is Culver, not Culber. See more »

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Earl Higgins: No drinking. No cervezas in the casa. No chicas in the bedroom.
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Me and U
Written by Ryan Leslie
Performed by Cassie Ventura (as Cassie)
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records, LLC
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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"SUGAR--The Sweet Smell of Success (at Being True to Yourself)"!
2 August 2016 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

..........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA....and ORLANDO, FL

More often than not, baseball stories are focused on the guy who manages to get all the way to the Majors. Sometimes we can lose sight of the fact that for every spot filled on a major league roster, there are scores, if not hundreds, of players who get sidelined somewhere along the way in their quest to make it to the big leagues! You don't have to like Baseball to enjoy SUGAR, but if you do, you're likely to enjoy it all the more. You have to give HBO films credit....Gutsy move to make a baseball movie that...

A) Is about 70% in Spanish

B) Manages to make the viewer empathize with the isolation & culture clash experienced by someone who arrives here not speaking any English and....

C) Morphs completely into a different movie genre! Algenis Perez Soto plays SUGAR. I'd venture a guess that more likely, he IS SUGAR! IMDb PRO lists this as his only acting gig, ever. Apparently, he is undecided as to whether or not to continue his career in acting.

Amazingly, Mr. Perez's contact E-mail address also appears. Here it is: algenisperez@gmail.com (Hope that you find the address Helpful!) SUGAR also boasts some great Dominican Merengue music; new, exotic third-world locations; and an on-screen collision between Dominican and Mid-Western Iowan cultures...Quite fascinating to watch!

9*...ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!


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