Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

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"From the Academy Award-winning producer of MAN ON WIRE comes a powerful, unforgettable music mystery. "
"From the Academy Award-winning producer of MAN ON WIRE comes a powerful, unforgettable music mystery. Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Momentarily hailed as the finest recording artist of his generation, he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context a continent away...SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a film about hope, inspiration and the power of music."
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waywardangel Sep 03, 2015

A sharp and engaging documentary that looks at the life and music of an unknown artist. The feel-good story highlights the fickle nature of fame and leaves us still with a sense of mystery about Rodriguez.


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ArapahoeJillA Nov 19, 2018

Informative, well done documentary about two fans searching for the truth about a mysterious musician they listened to in South Africa. I'd suggest this one to anyone who is a music fan.

Sixto Rodriguez failed as a young singer in the early 1970s, but managed to scrape by making a living for the next 40 years working as a day labourer in Detroit. Unbeknownst to him, he had been and still was a Superstar in South Africa. Watch the unbelievable story unfold as the documentarians try to trace how he died and their shocking subsequent discoveries. Witness his triumphant sold-out concert in South Africa and finally his return home. Truly life is sometimes stranger than fiction! ( Submitted by Melanie)

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greatflicks
Oct 20, 2018

My girlfriend thought it was terrific story about a man with a lot of talent. I was tired and fell asleep and woke up in time to enjoy the last 15 minuets.

DBRL_IdaF Mar 19, 2018

A truth is stranger than fiction documentary. What if you were a superstar and didn't know it? I came away from watching this with a lot of respect for Sixto Rodriguez.

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mammothhawk229e
Feb 14, 2018

In many ways humble subject had a more fulfilling life than his peers.
It's rare to have a happy ending for the two intrepid fans.

martins_mom Jul 03, 2017

A fascinating documentary about a Detroit folk singer of the 80's (his voice sounds like a combination of Dylan and Don McLean) who never found a following in a North America but became a legend in South Africa

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breemu
May 26, 2017

An absolute jewel.

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JMB256
Apr 21, 2017

I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this film. A terrific story.

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DonnaMeness
Jun 01, 2016

The movie was a study of contrasts...so so sorry he missed his chance when he was younger..the USA distributor was a piece of work.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/may/06/rodriguez-lawsuit-missing-royalties-searching-for-sugar-man

I ordered his album COLD FACTS & am so happy he's making millions on the road

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rodriguez-10-things-you-dont-know-about-the-searching-for-sugar-man-star-20130328

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U1536000012277
May 30, 2016

Music industry and one man's talent finally appreciated.
I did enjoy this film, a documentary about discovery, and interesting film of South Africa.

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Thanks for keeping me alive! - Rodriguez

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