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Searching for Sugar Man

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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
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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
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 ; written, directed, and edited by Malik Bendjelloul
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2012
Special features: commentary with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; making Sugar Man; an evening with Malik Bendjelloul and Rodriguez; theatrical trailer
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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.
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.421620092 SEARCHING
Country of Producing Entity: Great Britain Sweden
Credits: Director of photography, Camilla Skagerström ; original songs by Sixto Rodriguez.
System Details: DVD; region 1; anamorphic widescreen (1.78) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1
Other Language: English dialogue; with optional French subtitles and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Rodriguez, Sixto Folk musicians United States Biography
Genre/Form: Biographical films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Folk musicians
Publisher No: 41366 Sony Pictures Classics
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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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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
  • 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!

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Jan 29, 2013
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