Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

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Searching for Sugar Man

Two die-hard fans investigate the disappearance of their hero Sixto Rodriguez, a mysterious Mexican-American singer/songwriter who faded into obscurity in the States but found massive success in 1970s South Africa. Winner of Best Documentary at the 2013 Academy Awards.

"Rodriguez' albums were critically well-received, but sales bombed, and he faded away among rumors of a gruesome death. However, as fate would have it, a bootleg copy of his record made its way to South Africa, where his music became a phenomenal success. In a country suppressed by apartheid, his anti-establishment message connected with the people.

"When his second album finally gets released on CD in South Africa, two fans take it as a sign, deciding to look into the mystery of how Rodriguez died and what happened to all of the profits from his album sales. They uncover a shocking revelation that sets off a chain of events that has to be seen to be believed." (Sundance Film Festival 2012)

Winner of the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize (World Cinema, Documentary) at Sundance Film Festival 2012. Best Documentary at the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Awards 2013.
2012Rating: M, contains offensive language86 minsSweden, UK
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Bloody good

great story. If you have the slightest interest in the music scene, don't miss this. As good as "Don't stop Believin'"

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Rags to Riches

Brilliant portrayal of a man that never sold out on his principles and who played a small part in removing apartheit from south africa.

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Amazing story line

"Searching for Sugarman" is a fabulous South African documentary about Sixto Rodriguez who lives in Detroit and made 2 albums in the early 1970s and completely bombed in the USA. However, he sold more albums than Elvis Presley in South Africa and, after being found by the documentary makers, he has done 4 or 5 sell-out tours to South Africa. He sounds like...

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Variety

Variety

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A winning musical detective story about a failed, forgotten early '70s rocker.

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Total Film

Total Film

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The tale is better than the telling – and the soundtrack's better still – but music this monumental demands its moment. Now go and buy the album.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This movie might itself make a modest contribution to rewriting the history of white South Africa.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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The information they eventually dislodge about Rodriguez suggests a secular saint, a deeply good man, whose music is the expression of a blessed inner being. I hope you're able to see this film. You deserve to. And yes, it exists because we need for it to.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Music fans will love this indie documentary. Try to avoid Googling him before you watch, though.

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Variety

Variety

press

A winning musical detective story about a failed, forgotten early '70s rocker.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The tale is better than the telling – and the soundtrack's better still – but music this monumental demands its moment. Now go and buy the album.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This movie might itself make a modest contribution to rewriting the history of white South Africa.

3.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The information they eventually dislodge about Rodriguez suggests a secular saint, a deeply good man, whose music is the expression of a blessed inner being. I hope you're able to see this film. You deserve to. And yes, it exists because we need for it to.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Music fans will love this indie documentary. Try to avoid Googling him before you watch, though.

4.0
0

Bloody good

great story. If you have the slightest interest in the music scene, don't miss this. As good as "Don't stop Believin'"

4.0
0

Rags to Riches

Brilliant portrayal of a man that never sold out on his principles and who played a small part in removing apartheit from south africa.

4.0
0

Amazing story line

"Searching for Sugarman" is a fabulous South African documentary about Sixto Rodriguez who lives in Detroit and made 2 albums in the early 1970s and completely bombed in the USA. However, he sold more albums than Elvis Presley in South Africa and, after being found by the documentary makers, he has done 4 or 5 sell-out tours to South Africa. He sounds...

4.0
0