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Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

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Malik Bendjelloul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman ... Self - Record Shop Owner
Dennis Coffey ... Self - Co-Producer, Cold Fact 1970
Mike Theodore Mike Theodore ... Self - Co-Producer, Cold Fact 1970
Dan DiMaggio Dan DiMaggio ... Self - Bartender, The Brewery
Jerome Ferretti Jerome Ferretti ... Self - Bricklayer
Steve Rowland ... Self - Producer, Coming from Reality 1971
Willem Möller Willem Möller ... Self - Musician
Craig Bartholomew Strydom Craig Bartholomew Strydom ... Self - Music Journalist (as Craig Bartholomew-Strydom)
Ilse Assmann Ilse Assmann ... Self - Former Apartheid Archivist
Steve M. Harris Steve M. Harris ... Self - Teal Trutone
Robbie Mann Robbie Mann ... Self - RPM Records
Clarence Avant ... Self - Former Chairman of Motown Records
Eva Rodriguez Eva Rodriguez ... Self - Rodriguez's Eldest Daughter
Rodriguez ... Self (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Regan Rodriguez Regan Rodriguez ... Self - Rodriguez's Youngest Daughter
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Storyline

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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He was a star in the making, who vanished without a trace. But on the other side of the world, he inspired a generation.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A television documentary, entitled "Dead Men Don't Tour" (based on Rodriguez's tour of South Africa), is acknowledged in the film's credits. See more »

Goofs

During the credits there is a spelling error - It says "Mabu Vinly" instead of "Mabu Vinyl" See more »

Quotes

Himself - Record Shop Owner: Home is acceptance.
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Connections

Referenced in A Walk in the Park (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Slip Away
Written by Rodriguez (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Courtesy of Hey Day Entertainment, LLC by arrangement
with Light in the Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
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A Must-See. Truly
6 November 2012 | by CarpeDiemFilmSee all my reviews

Rodriguez (Sugarman), is one of the greatest men I have ever known.

This isn't a review, at least I don't consider it one; I don't review on IMDb, and there's a good chance I never will; but I feel compelled to leave my experience and thoughts, though briefly, here.

I saw this movie today knowing nothing about the subject material or the man himself; after leaving the theatre into a dimming sunset I texted my friend "I have a new hero."

That is probably the greatest praise I have ever gave a film.

Soulful, touching, heartrending and uplifting, this film------ you cannot write this, you cannot make this up, it is a story of true brilliance and daunting inspiration. There is so much to commend, praise, remark about this movie... but honestly I don't want to cite any one thing because it would spoil the experience of watching the story unfold and the mystery of Sugarman being shaped weakened. The bottom line is: It is a story that is too real, poignant, and far-fetched to exist anywhere on a writer's board or in a screenplay; this is why documentaries will never die, and they will always have a reserved place in the realm of cinema, films of fiction and artistry just cannot pierce the depth that this one finds. It is one of the greatest documentaries I have ever seen, possibly the greatest.

I cried throughout the picture. A must-see.

I write this review with the intention that I hope to encourage others to go see this movie: If you do you won't regret it and if you see it years later on television, you'll regret you didn't take the chance when you had it.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,459, 29 July 2012

Gross USA:

$3,696,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,133,712
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1.85 : 1
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