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The Sunshine Makers

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Cosmo Feilding-Mellen

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About the Movie

The fascinating untold story of Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the unlikely duo at the heart of 1960s American drug counterculture. United in a utopian mission to save the planet through the consciousness- raising power of LSD, these underground chemists manufactured a massive amount of acid, all while staying one step ahead of the feds.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Even if you never shake the feeling that there's more to this story, more darkness and scares, there's no question that hanging out with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn on acid has its appeal. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jan 19, 2017

Fresh: This documentary meanders a bit as it goes between time periods, but it's never less than entertaining and illuminating. – Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, Jan 26, 2017

Fresh: It's an astonishing tale, even if it's roughly told here. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 9, 2017

Fresh: For a documentary about two men who were big-time drug dealers back in the day, The Sunshine Makers is a quaint, damn-near-adorable bit of nostalgia. – Craig D. Lindsey, Village Voice, Jan 18, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Breaking good

This engaging documentary is the best account I have ever seen of an exciting time in world history. As far as I can tell, it is quite factual and presents an honest, if a bit sympathetic, portrait of two very interesting people who thought they had found a way to save the world. Shy, gentle, brilliant Tim Scully and horny, bold, unrepentant Nick Sand are a psychedelic odd couple that seem to love and respect one another despite their stark differences. Motivated more by altruism than profit they manufactured staggering amounts of psychedelics that served as a catalyst for much social change and personal discovery. I find it depressing but unsurprising that the only person involved who appears to have "gotten rich" was the person who turned them in to avoid prosecution for tax evasion. Scully and Sand have made positive contributions to the world in areas other than psychedelics, live humbly, and are the extremely likable. In the same time period the snitch has had a career in banking and the oil industry. Justice was definitely not served. Comic relief is provided by the retired DEA agents, particularly the one who continually refers to Sand as a high-level trafficker. Neither seem to understand Scully and Sand's motivations. It's all about money to them.

I've watched it twice already and plan a third viewing over the weekend. Treat yourself by watching this brilliant film.

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