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Searching for Sugar Man

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Searching for Sugar Man
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In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.
Title: Searching for Sugar Man
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York] : Sony Pictures Classics ; Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,Dolby,rda
video file,DVD,region 1,rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012.
Special features: Commentary with director Malik Bendjelloul and musician Rodriguez; Making Sugar Man; An evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; Theatrical trailer; Previews.
Summary: In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.
Audience: Rating PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references.
Awards & Distinctions: WINNER: Best feature documentary, Academy Awards 2013 -- WINNER: Special Jury Prize, World Cinema-Documentary Sundance Film Festival -- WINNER: Audience Award, World Cinema-Documentary Sundance Film Festival -- WINNER: Audience Award Best Documentary, LA Film Fest -- NOMINATED: Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema-Documentary Sundance Film Festival -- OFFICIAL SELECTION: Tribeca Film Festival
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Alternate Title: Searching for Sugarman
Statement of Responsibility: a Red Box Films & Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures & the Documentary Company ; a film by Malik Bendjelloul ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; executive producer, John Battsek ; written, directed and edited by Malik Bendjelloul
Credits: Director of photography, Camilla Skagerström ; original songs by Rodriguez.
Performers: Featuring: Stephen "Sugar" Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan DiMaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, Ilse Assmann, Steve M. Harris, Robbie Mann, Clarence Avant, Eva Rodriguez, Sixto Rodriguez, Regan Rodriguez, Sandra Rodriguez-Kennedy, Rick Emmerson, Rian Malan.
System Details: DVD; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (1.78) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: Closed-captioned; English dialogue; with optional French and English subtitles; subtitled in English for the deaf and hard of hearing [SDH].
Subject Headings: Rodriguez, Sixto. Folk musicians United States Biography.
Genre/Form: Biographical films.
Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Topical Term: Folk musicians
Publisher No: 41366
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Oct 20, 2014
  • dixie22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this documentary about an intelligent, talented songwriter with a beautiful soul.

Oct 17, 2014
  • humbleworm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was heartwarming but bittersweet to hear the story of someone who literally toiled away in poverty and obscurity for decades then is finally recognized and so appreciated for something he did years before. His music has some catchy qualities so it's not hard to imagine how different his life could have been. The rating says PG13 for "brief strong language and some drug references" but that's seriously not a problem with this movie.

Sep 21, 2014
  • chichico rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a terrific film. I watched it again after seeing him performing in Australia a while ago. It is sad, though, that his performance was not very good to say the least. I would have left if I hadn't seen this movie. Audience expectations of him are probably impossible to live up to ,but after years of hard living and lost royalties, time has taken a heavy toll on him. Watching the movie a second time was sad.

Sep 21, 2014
  • hecto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Don't miss this one. Some beautiful images enhance this amazing story.

Aug 22, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

Aug 21, 2014
  • ProfessorMilqueToast rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful film. Amazing how he could reach such heights in South Africa and all the while the record company quietly accrued royalties, never thinking to pass on the message onto him. Also speaks to how the internet has changed our lives. Those days of "Whatever happened to that guy? Oh well." are over. And Thank God they are.

Aug 20, 2014
  • 8372s rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fantastic story. I can't figure out why Rodriguez didn't become really popular, his music is great.

Aug 05, 2014
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Watched this on Netflix and found it amazing. What a shame he was not known in North America. Thanks to South Africa for keeping his music alive; I'm playing his CD all the time now.

Jun 13, 2014
  • dairyqueen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating documentary!

Apr 23, 2014
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Emotional, heart wrenching but ultimately winning. This documentary tells a story so extraordinary and almost unbelievable in it's probability, that it must be seen to be believed and most certainly would never have been made into a fictional Hollywood movie.

A beautifully filmed chronicle of the singer/songwriter Rodriguez who escaped being a flash in the pan, to being adored across the globe and proving the motto that "It's never to late". Besides the actual documentary, make sure you also watch the 'Making of...' that's included in the dvd. The story continues and it's equally absorbing.

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Jan 29, 2013
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