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A Boy Called Sailboat (2018)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 29 April 2018 (USA)
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A Hispanic family find hope in their extraordinary son named Sailboat when a personal gesture awakens a global desire. Armed with a "little guitar", Sailboat leads an offbeat cast into the miraculous story of the greatest secret never told.


Cameron Nugent


Cameron Nugent
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Credited cast:
J.K. Simmons ... Ernest
Jake Busey ... Bing
Noel Gugliemi ... José
Lew Temple ... DJ
Elizabeth De Razzo ... Meyo
Bernard Curry ... Referee
Patricia Kalis ... Peggy
Jamille James ... Pregnant Woman (as Jamille Rivera)
Nick Farnell ... Music Store Attendant
Julian Atocani Sanchez Julian Atocani Sanchez ... Sailboat
Addam Bramich ... Pat
Miranda Skerman ... Female DJ
Keanu Wilson Keanu Wilson ... Peeti
Zeyah Pearson Zeyah Pearson ... Mandy
Jessiqa Pace Jessiqa Pace ... Office Worker


In a slanted dwelling beyond the outskirts of a drought-ridden town, a close Hispanic family accept an impossible blessing and name their only son Sailboat. Sailboat stirs new love and hope in his family who forge a simple but proud life in the deep South West of America, but one afternoon he brings home something more: a "little guitar". From this moment, Sailboat and his ukulele are inseparable, and when his gravely ill grandmother instructs him to write a song for her, Sailboat meanders through adversity to deliver the unimaginable - the greatest song ever written. Will the song breathe one final miracle, or reveal a hapless twist of fate that will return his family to a house held up by a "stick", a car without doors, an unchanging wardrobe, and a friend who can't blink? Written by Cameron Nugent

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Plot Keywords:

sailboat | song | boy | mexican | See All (4) »


A boy with the most unlikely name, does the most unlikely thing...


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Official site | Website


USA | Australia


English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boy Called Sailboat See more »

Filming Locations:

Silver City, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.4 : 1
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Cameron Nugent and his wife scouted possible locations for this film from their home in Australia by using Google Earth. See more »

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Wonderful movie
9 June 2018 | by janhezzelSee all my reviews

This movie hit all the bases of emotion for the entire sold out audience at the Prescott Film Festival. Well worth seeing and spreading the word. The director and writer, Cameron Nugent did a superb job in capturing the subtleties of the main characters as well as the story line. The excellent script was written with humor throughout. The director of Photography, John Garrett, captured the bleakness of the landscape but also captured the warmth of the family and townspeople. JK Simmons as well as Julian as the "boy called Sailboat" and his parents should get a nod for their acting abilities. A film Well Done...

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