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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 40 wins & 32 nominations.
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Himself - Record Shop Owner
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Himself - Co-Producer, Cold Fact 1970
Mike Theodore ...
Himself - Co-Producer, Cold Fact 1970
Dan DiMaggio ...
Himself - Bartender, The Brewery
Jerome Ferretti ...
Himself - Bricklayer
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Himself - Producer, Coming from Reality 1971
Willem Möller ...
Himself - Musician
Craig Bartholomew Strydom ...
Himself - Music Journalist (as Craig Bartholomew-Strydom)
Ilse Assmann ...
Herself - Former Apartheid Archivist
Steve M. Harris ...
Himself - Teal Trutone
Robbie Mann ...
Himself - RPM Records
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Himself - Former Chairman of Motown Records
Eva Rodriguez ...
Herself - Rodriguez's Eldest Daughter
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Himself (as Sixto Rodriguez)
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Herself - Rodriguez's Youngest Daughter
Sandra Rodriguez-Kennedy ...
Herself - Rodriguez's Middle Daughter
Rick Emmerson ...
Himself - Construction Worker Colleague
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Himself - Journalist and Writer
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Himself - Interviewer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Malik Bendjelloul

Written by

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Malik Bendjelloul ... (written by)
 
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman ... (article 'Sugar and the Sugar Man')
 
Craig Bartholomew Strydom ... (article 'Looking for Jesus') (as Craig Bartholomew-Strydom)

Produced by

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John Battsek ... executive producer
Malik Bendjelloul ... producer
George Chignell ... co-producer: Passion Pictures (as George Ghignell)
Simon Chinn ... producer
Sheryl Crown ... executive producer: The Documentary Company
Malla Grapengiesser ... co-producer: Hysteria Film
Maggie Monteith ... executive producer: The Documentary Company
Hjalmar Palmgren ... executive producer: SVT
Andrew Ruhemann ... executive producer: Passion Pictures
Peter Schildt ... consultant producer: Saperi Film Sweden AB
Nicole Stott ... co-producer: Passion Pictures

Cinematography by

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Camilla Skagerström ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Malik Bendjelloul

Editorial Department

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Hans Crispin ... digital media: The Chimney Pot
Kenna Grünn ... encoding technician: The Chimney Pot
Kaj Ivanovic ... digital colour grader: The Chimney Pot
Cattis Legelius ... digital media coordinator: The Chimney Pot
Anneli Oscarsson ... post-production coordinator: The Chimney Pot
Ida Svenonius ... digital intermediate: The Chimney Pot / technical advisor: The Chimney Pot
Bernhard Winkler ... additional editor
Mathieu Reid ... color timer (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ida Svenonius ... digital intermediate and technical supervisor
Fredrik Zander ... post-production producer: The Chimney Pot

Art Department

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Malik Bendjelloul ... illustrator
Oskar Gullstrand ... graphics: Naive
Linus Kullman ... graphics: Naive
Jonas Lindman ... graphics: Naive

Sound Department

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Linda Dalin ... sound post-production coordinator / sound post-production coordinator: Ljudligan
Fredrik Jonsäter ... sound editor: Ljudligan (as Fredrik 'Frippe' Jonsäter)
Per Nyström ... sound designer: Ljudligan / sound re-recording mixer: Ljudligan

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Axel Hallgren ... cg animator: Filmtecknarna / compositor: Filmtecknarna
Olle Petersson ... visual effects (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Malik Bendjelloul ... additional camera
Nadia Hallgren ... additional camera
Dale Hunt ... crane operator assistant
Emil Klang ... additional camera
Stephen Knight ... key grip
Stephen Knipe ... key grip
Hjalmar Palmgren ... additional camera
Ann-Sofie Rase ... additional camera
Eva Rodriguez ... additional camera
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman ... additional camera
Sam Wallace ... crane operator

Animation Department

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Joel Edlund ... backgrounds: Filmtecknarna
Linda Hambäck ... animation producer: Filmtecknarna
Martin Nyberg ... classic animator: Filmtecknarna
Johan Sonestedt ... classic animator: Filmtecknarna
Arvid Steen ... director of animation: Filmtecknarna
Susanne Sturesson ... classic animator: Filmtecknarna
Simon Stålenhag ... backgrounds: Filmtecknarna
Veronica Wallenberg ... classic animator: Filmtecknarna

Music Department

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Malik Bendjelloul ... additional score
Rodriguez ... original songs (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Sandy Wilson ... music supervisor (uncredited)

Other crew

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Malik Bendjelloul ... title designer: opening titles
Jonathan Blair ... legal services: Michael Simkins LLP
Josh Braun ... distribution adviser: North America, Submarine Entertainment
E.B. Busi ... personal super 8 archive
Serena Catapano ... production assistant
Johan Christianson ... legal services: Strömberg & Partners
Oskar Gullstrand ... title designer: Naive
Steve Hilton-Barber ... stills archive
Micaela Kedian ... personal super 8 archive
Linus Kullman ... title designer: Naive
Jonas Lindman ... title designer: Naive
Lars Lindström ... film commissioner: The Swedish Film Institute (as Lars G. Lindström)
Rodriguez ... stills archive (as Sixto Rodriguez)
Eva Rodriguez ... home video recording: South African Tour, 1998 / stills archive
Regan Rodriguez ... stills archive
Lloyd Ross ... director: Voëlvry The Movie
Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman ... article: 'Sugar and the Sugar Man' / stills archive (as Stephen Segerman)
Tonia Selley ... director: Dead Men Don't Tour
Craig Bartholomew Strydom ... article: 'Looking for Jesus' (as Craig Bartholomew-Strydom)
Ben White ... for: White & Company, The Documentary Company
Emma White ... for: White & Company, The Documentary Company
Hal Wilson ... stills archive
Obed Zilwa ... stills archive
Cameron Arguelles ... quality control (uncredited)
Chris Besseling ... uk senior marketing manager: studiocanal (uncredited)
Aurélie Labrosse ... subtitler: french (uncredited)
Ed Perkins ... "behind the scenes" featurette director (uncredited)

Thanks

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Marinella Angusti ... very special thanks
Erik Arvinder ... special thanks
Tell Aulin ... special thanks
Peter Barachkov II ... very special thanks
Peter Barachkov III ... very special thanks
Daniel A. Baxter ... special thanks
Hacène Bendjelloul ... very special thanks
Johar Bendjelloul ... very special thanks
Wanda Bendjelloul ... special thanks
Philippa Berrington-Blew ... special thanks
Kristian Bjureby ... special thanks
Pierre Björk ... special thanks
Rikard Borggård ... special thanks
Sarajane Bourke ... special thanks
Love Bråding ... special thanks
Bonie Bulyk ... very special thanks
Henrik S. Burman ... special thanks
Anna Byvald ... special thanks
Johan Carlberg ... special thanks
Jonah Chinn ... very special thanks
Lara Chinn ... very special thanks
Christian Christensen ... special thanks
Brian Currin ... very special thanks
Peter Davis ... special thanks
Yolandi Degenaar ... special thanks
Nathalie Drago ... special thanks
Thomas Eby ... special thanks
Therese Elfström ... special thanks
Tinus Engelbrecht ... special thanks
Bobo Ericzén ... very special thanks
Moussa Fadera ... special thanks
Hanro Friedrich ... special thanks
Niklas Gabrielsson ... special thanks
Jessika Gedin ... special thanks
Per-Axel Gjöres ... very special thanks
Daniel Hager ... special thanks
Lennart Hager ... special thanks
Haroun Hameed ... very special thanks
Alex Haridi ... special thanks
Christina Herrström ... very special thanks
Pål Hollender ... special thanks
Jonas Holmberg ... special thanks
Ida Högström ... special thanks
Thomas Johansson ... special thanks
Eva-Lena Jonsson ... special thanks
Micaela Kedian ... very special thanks
James Kennedy ... special thanks
Voula Kereklidou ... special thanks
Emil Klang ... very special thanks
Karin af Klintberg ... very special thanks
Johan Larsson ... special thanks
Hanna Lejonqvist ... very special thanks
Sanna Lenken ... special thanks
Åsa Linderborg ... special thanks
Stefanie Losiowski ... very special thanks
Josefin Lundgren ... special thanks
Kristian Luuk ... special thanks
Maria Magnusson ... very special thanks
James Marsh ... very special thanks
Calle Marthin ... very special thanks
Alec McCrindle ... very special thanks
Helene Miksche ... very special thanks: Bird & Bird
Meghann Murray ... very special thanks
Paul Möllerstedt ... special thanks
Jesper Nordenstrøm ... special thanks (as Jesper Nordenström)
Mayibuye 'Mighty' Ntsatha ... special thanks
Marie Nyreröd ... special thanks
Björn Peters ... special thanks
Kristina Peters-Gärderup ... special thanks
Ann-Sofie Rase ... very special thanks
Rayma Rawa ... very special thanks
Ole Reitov ... special thanks: Freemuse
Gregory Rintoul ... special thanks
Johan Ripås ... very special thanks
The Rodriguez Family ... very special thanks
Konny Rodriguez ... very special thanks
Lloyd Ross ... special thanks
Chuck Roy ... special thanks
Paula Ruotsalainen ... special thanks
John Samson ... very special thanks
Anna Mathilde Schildt ... very special thanks (as Anna-Mathilde Schildt)
Johannes Schildt ... very special thanks
Peter Schildt ... very special thanks
Veronica Schildt-Bendjelloul ... very special thanks
The Segerman Family ... very special thanks
Daniell Segerman ... special thanks
Natalia Segerman ... special thanks
Rafi Segerman ... special thanks
Ronit Segerman ... special thanks
Tonia Selley ... very special thanks (as Tonia Selley Möller)
Christina Simon ... special thanks
Per Sinding-Larsen ... very special thanks
Carina Sjögren ... very special thanks
Martin Sjögren ... special thanks
Sara Sjöö ... special thanks
Stefan Storm ... very special thanks
Matt Sullivan ... very special thanks
Philip Sundbom ... special thanks
Kai Sundquist ... special thanks
Ola Tappert ... special thanks (as Ola Wilhelm Tappert)
Therese Uddenfeldt ... special thanks
Andreas Unge ... special thanks
Martin Vidlund ... special thanks
Mabu Vinly ... special thanks
Anna-Karin Von Malmborg ... special thanks
Johan von Sydow ... very special thanks (as John Von Sydow)
Mary J. Wallace ... special thanks
Jan Wallentin ... special thanks
Robert Weil ... very special thanks
Stefan Wrenfeldt ... special thanks
Cajsa Zerhouni ... special thanks
Peter Zerhouni ... special thanks
Mats Ågren ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines He was a star in the making, who vanished without a trace. But on the other side of the world, he inspired a generation. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Rodriguez - The Last One to Know (Sweden)
  • The Only One Who Did Not Know (Sweden)
  • Sugar Man (France)
  • 尋找甜秘客 (Taiwan)
  • Bir Şarkının Peşinde (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 86 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $9,637,687

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Trivia Some parts of the documentary were shot on an iPhone App called 8mm Vintage Camera after the producers ran out of film for an expensive real 8mm camera. The app cost only £1.49/$1.99. Director Malik Bendjelloul was cash strapped from making the documentary. See more »
Goofs During the credits there is a spelling error - It says "Mabu Vinly" instead of "Mabu Vinyl" See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Huawei/Sticker Shock/Rodriguez (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Sugar Man See more »
Quotes Rodriguez: Thanks for keeping me alive!
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