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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 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 ... 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Director Malik Bendjelloul traced all the illustrations on oven paper as a mock up for the 3D animations he never could afford to have made. Thus the oven paper illustrations made it to the final cut. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Rick Emmerson: He had this kind of magical quality that all the genuine poets and artists have: to elevate things. To get above the mundane, the prosaic. All the bullshit. All the mediocrity that's everywhere. The artist, the artist is the pioneer.
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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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User Reviews

 
Long lost gem. Lovely movie and a must for fans of Dylan-esque music
21 July 2012 | by ajvi99See all my reviews

I caught this movie at an advanced screening at the UN during Mandela week and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the movie and even more enthralled to discover this long, lost gem of music. The movie revolves around an up-and-coming Rock'n'roller from the 70s who recorded two albums and then disappeared into obscurity. His music was lost in the US but by a strange coincidence becomes a cult hit in South Africa and becomes a symbol of rebellion for the underground white, anti-apartheid sub-culture. The documentary is a lovely journey of discovery of the south africans who try to find the roots of this enigma and re-discover his music. I won't spoil too much but for fans of Dylan like music, this might be a long, lost gem and music that perhaps, at least now, deserves more recognition and appreciation.


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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:

$9,133,597
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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