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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.

Directors:

Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Dominican Republic

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dominican Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlington, Iowa, USA See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the last names of the Swing of the Quad Cities 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

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

Earl Higgins: No drinking. No cervezas in the casa. No chicas in the bedroom.
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Soundtracks

Obsesion
Written by Romeo Santos (as Anthony "Romeo" Santos)
Performed by Aventura
Courtesy of Premium Latin Music, Inc.
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Lost in Translation on the Ball Field - A Beautiful Portrait of Latin American Ball Players
22 January 2008 | by sundevil27See all my reviews

Screened this film at its premiere during Sundance 2008. The main appeal for most coming to see this movie was to see what the team behind Half Nelsen could do on the second go around. And for the most part those who enjoy quality film-making will find many positives here, though this is a completely different film then Half. Much like Half Nelsen the cast feels authentic and the characters are very understated and come across with very true to life performances. The main issue with audience appreciation will hinge mostly on their interest in baseball. Serious baseball fans will most likely look differently at the Latin America ball players and the MLB system once they witness what is a very accurate portrait of the trials and tribulations of the foreign players. Sure most folks know about the great Latin players like Pedro, and David Ortiz, etc,, but do they know about players like Migual "Suger" Santos? The answer is probably not and I believe the filmmakers succeeded in creating a film that makes us think about what life is like for all those players we don't get to see under the bright lights and on the baseball cards. Its all very fascinating stuff for baseball fans to ponder and think about, those none baseball fans may find it slightly dull but with an open mind its still a beautiful portrait of a young mans journey to America.

First off, the lead actor Algenis Perez Soto is fantastic, it is unbelievable how great his performance here is when you consider that he has absolutely no acting experience at all. They literally pulled this kid off a ball field in the Dominican and stuck him in front of a camera. The rest of the cast is great as well and similarly most are not trained actors since the makers or the film wanted authentic ballplayers. From whats been said this is most likely going to be a HBO release on TV and I think thats a great spot for this film as its definitely too small and too specific a subject for a wide release. I highly encourage baseball fans to check this out when they get the chance.


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