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Sugar (2008)

R | | Drama, Sport | 24 April 2009 (USA)
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Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Directors:

Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jose Rijo Jose Rijo ... Alvarez
Walki Cuevas Walki Cuevas ... Alfonso
Algenis Perez Soto ... Miguel
Santo Silvestre Santo Silvestre ... Umpire #1
Emmanuel Nanita Carvajal Emmanuel Nanita Carvajal ... Reyes
Cesar Emilio Minaya C. Cesar Emilio Minaya C. ... Pedro
Joendy Pena Brown Joendy Pena Brown ... Marcos
Kelvin Leonardo Garcia Kelvin Leonardo Garcia ... Salvador
Marcos Rosa Marcos Rosa ... Sanchez
Karl Bury ... Rudy
Zaida Alexandra Hernandez Zaida Alexandra Hernandez ... Erica
Lilin Soto Gonzales Lilin Soto Gonzales ... Abuela
Dioni Feliciano Dioni Feliciano ... Luis
Teodosia Sanchez Reyes Teodosia Sanchez Reyes ... Carmen
Walky Alvarez Walky Alvarez ... Sofia
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Storyline

By 2008, more than 25 percent of major league baseball players were born in Latin America. At 19, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a serious kid from the Dominican Republic, signs with Kansas City. He flies to Phoenix for tryouts and is sent to the Class A team "The Swing" in the fictional town of Bridgetown, Iowa, where he lives with a farm family. Thus begins his odyssey: leaving his mom and girlfriend; living in an alien culture; learning English; overcoming jitters; working hard; achieving early success; navigating friendships, occasional racism, and a woman's mixed signals; dealing with an injury; trying performance-enhancing drugs; and, searching for his place in the world. Will he make it to the Majors; will he play in New York? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Dominican Republic

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Dominican Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlington, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,140, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$1,082,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,144,438
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After this film was shot, the name of the team in Iowa was changed from the Swing of the Quad Cities to its former team name of the Quad Cities River Bandits. See more »

Goofs

When Miguel is pitching to the Loons in the top of the fifth, the scoreboard already shows 0 runs. The score for a half inning is not registered until the half inning is completed. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Life gives you lots of opportunities. Baseball only gives you one.
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Connections

References American Idol (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

One Leg
Written and Performed by Michael Brook
Courtesy of Canadian Rational LLC
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User Reviews

 
A Wonderful Movie in Every Way
19 September 2008 | by Movie-JaySee all my reviews

What's with the low ratings for this movie? I saw this at the Toronto Film Festival, and people loved it. Is it that some audiences wanted a regular sports movie, with everything leading up to the big game? This follows Dominican ball players and their dreams of making it to the bigs. We go from the Dominican to small town Iowa, then to New York City in a movie that's pitch perfect the whole way. And it got everything right, from how small towns in America watch these young guys grow and progress, to how they're treated like animals when they face injuries or setbacks.

The actors are mostly unknowns, and they give the movie a documentary feel. I especially loved the old couple that takes one ball player in every year, and the minor league baseball manager, who is portrayed very fairly as a guy who pushes his players, but wants to see them make it.

This movie is a home run, pardon the pun, because it transcends the sports genre and becomes a movie about finding one's self worth, no matter where your career path takes you.

I believe that if you want something more from a sports movie than being just a past-time, you'll find it in "Sugar", from the team who directed "Half Nelson", another movie that was more concerned with characters and self-worth over silly plot requirements.

To the low scorers out there I would say don't judge a movie for what it's not, and really look at what it is. Because this is a special movie that never goes wrong.


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