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Writers (WGA):
Anna Boden (written by) &
Ryan Fleck (written by)
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Release Date:
5 June 2009 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
This truly *is* a baseball movie See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Jose Rijo ... Alvarez
Walki Cuevas ... Alfonso

Algenis Perez Soto ... Miguel
Santo Silvestre ... Umpire #1
Emmanuel Nanita Carvajal ... Reyes
Cesar Emilio Minaya C. ... Pedro
Joendy Pena Brown ... Marcos
Kelvin Leonardo Garcia ... Salvador
Marcos Rosa ... Sanchez

Karl Bury ... Rudy
Zaida Alexandra Hernandez ... Erica
Lilin Soto Gonzales ... Abuela
Dioni Feliciano ... Luis
Teodosia Sanchez Reyes ... Carmen
Walky Alvarez ... Sofia
Letilier A. Foy Jr. ... Jaime
Victor Manuel Adon ... Javier
Raul Abraham ... Floor Manager
Manuel Cache ... Uncle Angel
Gisselle Jimenez ... Cousin Lupe
Omayra Perez Soto ... Prima Omayra
Francia Teresa Andujar ... Aunt Lola
Michel Junior Sanchez ... Cousin Felipe
Herny Severino ... Neighbor Ana
Wilson Daniel ... Uncle Jeffe
Braulio Castillo ... Frank
Conrad Layton ... Julio
Carlos Fermin ... Antonio
Rayniel Rufino ... Jorge
Marla Frumkin ... Waitress (as Marla Finn)

André Holland ... Brad (as Andre Holland)
Gerardo J. Ramirez ... Orlando
Jesus A. Diaz ... Ed

Michael Gaston ... Stu

Ann Whitney ... Helen Higgins

Richard Bull ... Earl Higgins

Ellary Porterfield ... Anne
Barbara P. Engstrom ... Hilary
Larry E. Donaldson ... Michael
Issac Thomas Richer Smith ... Clubby
Randolph Wehofer ... Jack Jeffries
Scott Behn ... Umpire #2
Jonathan Gregoire ... Jackass
Brandon Steinbrecher ... Jeff
Brandon Robert Gorrell ... Randy
Ian R. Wiley ... Travis
Holly Hanson ... Wendy
Ted Timbrook ... Umpire #3
Don Umland ... Umpire #4
Chris Harkins ... Batter
Alina Vargas ... Reyna

Eddie Martinez ... Rafael (as J. Eddie Martinez)
Sándor Técsy ... Nikolai (as Sandor Tecsy)

Karolina Wydra ... Raquel

Jaime Tirelli ... Osvaldo
Rafael Espinal ... Caballo
Jose Luis Romero ... José
Hamlet Abreu ... Hamlet
Jean Carlos Rodriguez ... Jean
Harrison Alvarado ... Harrison
Roger Pena ... Roger
Ramon Calderon ... Umpire #5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Anderson ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Joseph Basile ... Subway Commuter (uncredited)

Byron Browne ... Kansas City Major League Ball Player (uncredited)
Rhett Ashley Crosby ... Kansas City Baseball Player (uncredited)

Greg D'Agostino ... Gregory the Delivery Man (uncredited)
Adam Denomme ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Christopher Denomme ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Brendan Dunphy ... Baseball Player / Brawler (uncredited)

James Fuertes ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Taylor Hogue ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Chris Irizarry ... Baseball Player (uncredited)

Tomas Johansson ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Marcus Jordan ... Kansas City Pitcher (uncredited)
Jason H. Karniol ... Kansas City Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Jack C. Kloppenborg ... Wisconsin Rattler Player (uncredited)

Rita Kurtz ... Dominican Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Dave Mahr ... Kansas City Major League Baseball Player (uncredited)
Sabien Minteer ... Hardy / Team Mascot (uncredited)
Antonia Molina ... Wife (uncredited)
Daren Palacio ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Joseph Rao ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Alyssa Simmons ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Jeremy Ray Smolik ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Tom Sponberg ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Michael Robert Yeager ... Fan at Spring Training Game (uncredited)
Chelsea Zeleny ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Anna Boden 
Ryan Fleck 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Anna Boden (written by) &
Ryan Fleck (written by)

Produced by
Anna Boden .... executive producer
Denton Hanna .... field producer: Arizona
Paul Mezey .... producer
John Douglas Miller .... field producer: Iowa
Jamie Patricof .... producer
Jeremy Kipp Walker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
 
Cinematography by
Andrij Parekh 
 
Film Editing by
Anna Boden 
 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Ahern 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Bailey 
 
Costume Design by
Erin Benach 
 
Makeup Department
Lisa DelleChiaie .... key hair stylist
David Kalahiki .... additional makeup artist: New York
Chrissy Kernes .... additional hair stylist: Arizona
Chrissy Kernes .... additional makeup artist: Arizona
Johnny Mooi .... additional hair stylist: Iowa
Johnny Mooi .... additional makeup artist: Iowa
David Presto .... additional makeup artist: New York
Leo Won .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sarah Connors .... post-production supervisor
Ronny Merdinger .... unit production manager
Dave Saltzman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Nicole Real .... second second assistant director: Dominican Republic
Jamie Ellen Rush .... second assistant director: New York
Jamie Ellen Rush .... second second assistant director: Arizona
Jamie Ellen Rush .... second second assistant director: Iowa
Nadia Tabbara .... second second assistant director: New York
Juan M. Zuniga .... second assistant director: Arizona
Juan M. Zuniga .... second assistant director: Dominican Republic
Juan M. Zuniga .... second assistant director: Iowa
 
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... assistant property master
Jeremy L. Balon .... property master
Travis Black .... art department: Arizona
Corbin Booth .... leadman
Jared Bumgarner .... leadman
Tyler Drayton .... set dresser
Ricardo Folch .... on set dresser
Gina Freedman .... on-set dresser
Rachel Jones .... art coordinator
Daniel R. Kersting .... assistant set decorator
Dan-ah Kim .... art production assistant
Elvis Mariñez .... assistant property master
Darryl Parsons .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Bryan Dembinski .... additional production sound recordist: New York
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... supervising sound editor
David Ellinwood .... dialogue editor
Eric Gitelson .... foley engineer
John Moros .... foley editor
Abigail Savage .... sound designer
Jeff Seelye .... assistant sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... electrician: New York
Joe Anderson .... additional assistant camera: New York
Nathan Beaman .... best boy grip: Arizona
Justin Bennett .... grip: New York
Katie Dainson .... loader
Shannon DeWolfe .... assistant camera: Iowa
Denton Hanna .... still photographer: Arizona
Rob Harlow .... best boy grip: New York
Tim Hawn .... assistant camera: Iowa
Andy Kromphardt .... camera intern: Iowa
Andy Kromphardt .... camera production assistant: Arizona
Andy Kromphardt .... camera production assistant: New York
Adam Lukens .... best boy grip: Dominican Republic
Adam Lukens .... key grip: Arizona
Lee Lusby .... grip
Ian McAlpin .... film loader: New York
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... gaffer
Smokey Nelson .... additional photographer
Smokey Nelson .... gaffer: Dominican Republic
Rick Pilcher .... electrician
Kent Pope .... electrician
Aaron Randall .... electrician: New York
Samantha Sa .... grip: New York
Jay Sgroi .... additional electrician: New York
Jay Todd .... grip
Matthew Walker .... key grip: Dominican Republic (as Matt Walker)
Hunter Whalen .... additional second assistant camera
Dave Wightman .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Iowa
Jarrod Wilson .... grip
 
Casting Department
Patrice Farner .... extras casting: Arizona
Shaun Gerardo .... casting associate
Rita Powers .... extras casting: New York
Sean Powers .... extras casting: New York
Tom Walljasper .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Flach .... seamstress
Stephani Lewis .... assistant costume designer
Emma Potter .... costume supervisor
Elisa Santiago .... wardrobe supervisor
Karla Strum .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Blackwell .... associate editor
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor
Andrew Goldman .... post-production coordinator
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant
Daniel Silverman .... digital imaging supervisor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Kevin Vale .... digital film scanning and recording
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
 
Music Department
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Evyen Klean .... music consultant (as Evyen J Klean)
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Nicholas Schenck .... assistant music editor (as Nicholas J. Schenck)
 
Transportation Department
Gill Manuel Pena .... transportation captain: Dominican Republic
 
Other crew
Bladimir Abud .... production assistant: Dominican Republic
Vince Brown .... key set production assistant: New York
Vince Brown .... set production assistant: Arizona
Vince Brown .... set production assistant: Iowa
Melinda Burns .... location assistant
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... production legal
Leonardo Cuesta .... location manager: Dominican Republic
Yinna De La Cruz .... set production assistant: Dominican Republic
Shannon Dennard .... location scout: New York
Kristyn DiPane .... project manager: Technicolor New York
Patrick Eaton .... production assistant: New York
Hector Eduardo .... pitching coach: Dominican Republic
Andrew Goldman .... assistant production coordinator
Trish Gray .... location scout: New York
Sandi Greenberg .... production assistant: New York
Timothy P. Haskins .... assistant production coordinator: Arizona
John Henry .... location manager: New York
Albert Krause .... production accountant
Jon Kussmaul .... production assistant: New York
Austin Lapierre .... production assistant: Arizona
John Marx .... baseball consultant: Iowa
Melvin Nadal .... location assistant: Dominican Republic
Mike Orchard .... baseball consultant: Arizona
Emily Pendas .... script supervisor
Nicole Pilcher .... assistant production coordinator: la (as Christine Nicole Pilcher)
Julie Platner .... production coordinator
Rob Plonskier .... production assistant
Francisco Gomez Polanco .... security chief: Dominican Republic
Jose Rijo .... baseball consultant: Dominican Republic
Javier Rojas .... craft service
Rolando Sanchez .... assistant location manager: Dominican Republic
Spring Sutter .... post production accountant
Mike Tank .... production assistant: Arizona
Willie Toubman .... assistant location manager: New York
Neal Welty .... production assistant
Kenneth Yanga .... production assistant: Arizona
 
Thanks
Tze Chun .... special thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Jeremy Pikser .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use
Runtime:
114 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:U | USA:R | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45356) (DVD edition) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45356) (dvd edition)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Earl Higgins:No drinking. No cervezas in the casa. No chicas in the bedroom.See more »
Soundtrack:
HallelujahSee more »

FAQ

Where is the Dominican Republic?
Is "Sugar" based on a true story?
Is "Sugar" based on a book?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
This truly *is* a baseball movie, 16 January 2010
Author: bandw from Boulder, CO

If you have no knowledge of, or appreciation for, the sport of baseball, then I think you will likely not enjoy this film as much as those who do. It is more of a baseball movie than many such movies, such as "The Natural," since it plays almost like a documentary rather than the usual script of "talent, obstacles, ultimate fantastic success." I can imagine that the box office receipts for this in the United Kingdom would be about what they would be in the U.S. for a movie about cricket. In "Sugar" we follow Miguel "Sugar" Santos from a U.S. major league baseball training academy in the Dominican Republic to his move to a small city in Iowa to play minor league ball. We get to know Miguel's family and humble living conditions in the Dominican Republic and then the formidable difficulties he faces in being inserted into a foreign culture where he does not speak the language.

I will never look at foreign-born baseball players the same way after having seen the discipline, arduous training, perseverance, and sacrifices they make to get where they are. And the pressure is ever-present--if you fail there are many others who can and will take your place.

Casting the native Dominican non-actor Algenis Perez Soto as Miguel is a small stroke of genius. He had played some ball (as shortstop) but had to be taught how to pitch for this movie. Perez is such a natural both on and off the field that it's impossible not to be taken by him. He has a great ability to capture emotion with facial expressions. A lot of effort must have gone into the casting, since every role rings true.

Sure, this film makes incisive comments about the immigrant experience in the United States, but, even if you are a baseball fan I think you will learn details you did not know about how the sport recruits many of its players and what they go through. Many are called, but few are chosen, and it's not necessarily clear sailing for the chosen.

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