Searching for Sugar Man

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 4 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.

Publisher: [New York] : Sony Pictures Classics ; Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.421620092 SEARCHING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 87 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Sixto Rodriguez had a brief career as a folksinger in the U.S. Unknown to him, he became a pop music icon in South Africa. This is the story of two South Africans who try to find the real 'Sugar Man'.


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Feb 10, 2015
  • MICHAEL TAGGART MALONEY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a tremendous film, really a must see if you haven't yet. It is a documentary about the essential nature of documents, in this case two obscure records from the early 1970s that found their way to South Africa and resonated with a youthful white Afrikaner population that was anti-apartheid. It is also a documentary that features Detroit and a real "working class hero," Sixto Rodriguez.

Dec 23, 2014
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderful and bittersweet documentary about a singer from the 1970s who was ignored in America but celebrated for decades in South Africa. The companion soundtrack CD is also great; check it out after watching this unbelievable story. The film won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2013; sadly, the director, Malik Bendjelloul, killed himself in May 2014.

Nov 01, 2014
  • AFRYER_CPL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This documentary about singer Sixto Rodriguez is great feel-good film.

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
  • UltraLibrarian 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.

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