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Searching for Sugar Man

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Malik Bendjelloul

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Plot Summary

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ‘70s rock icon who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, Rodriguez’s sound struck 2 renowned producers and they signed a recording deal. But when the album bombed, the singer disappeared into obscurity. A bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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95%
  • Reviews Counted: 109
  • Fresh: 104
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [A] moving, lyrical account ... – Ken Marks, New Yorker, Sep 17, 2012

Fresh: At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jan 7, 2013

Fresh: A rock documentary that goes way behind the music to tell a story that seems pure urban legend. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Aug 9, 2012

Fresh: The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff. – John Anderson, Newsday, Sep 21, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Searching For Sugar Man

Terrific story and well told, I was able to see this film recently while in Cape Town- I had never heard of this artist or his music yet the people around me in the audience all knew the songs by heart and were singing along; amazing experience.

The Best Documentary in Years

THE must-see documentary of 2012.

It explores the profound influence a relatively obscure artist had on a generation thousands of miles away and their search for him in a time before the world was connected through the internet.

It's an absolutely enthralling documentary that I've recommended to all of my friends.

Do yourself a favor and don't do any background research on this documentary before you watch, it could mess up the storyline as it unfolds in the movie.

Brilliant!!!

I downloaded both albums after the documentary. Rodriguez is not only a man of his time in the 1970s, but also he is a man of all seasons and this is from someone born in the 1990. I was so moved by this documentary, see it!!!

Searching for Sugar Man
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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