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      Searching for Sugar Man

      2011, Documentary, 1h 26m

      133 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      A fascinating portrait of a forgotten musical pioneer, Searching for Sugar Man is by turns informative and mysterious. Read critic reviews

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      Though he faded into obscurity in the U.S., an early '70s musician known as Rodriguez became a huge hit in South Africa and was widely rumored to have died. Two obsessed fans set out to learn the man's true fate.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Drug References|Brief Strong Language)

      • Genre: Documentary

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Malik Bendjelloul

      • Producer: George Chignell, Simon Chinn, Nicole Stott

      • Writer: Malik Bendjelloul

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $3.7M

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      • Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

      • Production Co: Red Box Films, Passion Pictures

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      • Jun 04, 2017

        Quiet but heartwarming documentary about an American folk musician of the 1970s who was later believed to be dead in South Africa, the only country he had a huge success in without ever hearing about it. Sounds curious? It is. But a really sweet story only life could come up with.

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      • Aug 20, 2013

        A superb mystery-documentary telling the true story of a largely unknown musician and the investigation into what/why things happened, eventually separating the myths from the (just as fascinating) truths. A joy.

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      • Apr 07, 2013

        A riveting, incredible documentary about the talented musician Rodriguez and how, after two hit albums in the 1970's, disappeared seemingly into thin air. After two of his biggest fans decide to attempt to track him down even though rumors persist that he's dead, they stumble upon more parts to their hero's amazing true story. This is a story that is almost too special to believe it is true, but the film strikes a genuine tone that is as interested as the viewer to get to the bottom of this mysterious man. Without revealing too much, this is one of the best documentaries made in quite some time, close to perfect. A must-see for any music fan or avid follower of documentaries.

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      • Mar 21, 2013

        Maybe a must watch for the hardcore fans of Sixto Rodriguez, but to me (never heard the guy's name before; gave it a shot simply because the documentary synopsis had a mystic touch to it), it's as watchable as skipable. The first half is quite interesting, but then it (understandably) gets repetitive. Might have liked it better had it being cut to the chase ;-)

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