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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
Some of the last names of the Quad City Swing players in the film were those of actual players on the team. However, they were not portrayed by the real Swing players. During filming, the real players were still in their regular season and then post-season. See more »
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 »
Life gives you lots of opportunities. Baseball only gives you one.
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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: email@example.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!
Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!
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