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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After this film was shot, the name of the team in Iowa was changed from the Swing of the Quad Cities to its former team name of the Quad Cities River Bandits. See more »

Goofs

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.
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Soundtracks

Never Look Back
Written by Georg Dolivo, Robert Downes, Brian Forsythe, and Jackie Enx
Performed by Rhino Bucket
Courtesy of pigFACTORY USA
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"SUGAR--The Sweet Smell of Success (at Being True to Yourself)"!
2 August 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee 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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