Searching for Sugar Man Poster

Release Date: July 27th, 2012

DVD Release Date: January 22nd, 2013

PG-13|1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary
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.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Passion Pictures, Red Box Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Friend, Friendship, Intense, 1970s, Mystery, 2010s, Emotional, Pursuit

Trailers & Clips

view all

Ratings & Reviews

view all
  • Sugar Man is most interesting when it touches on the conditions that combined to draw a cult hero out of some decent music and a generously enabled, imagination-firing mystique. show more

  • Intentionally or not, Searching for Sugar Man catches all that - the fleeting moments of triumph and the years of endurance, the accumulation of family and the unquenched dreams - and doesn't presume to sew it all up for us. show more

  • While all the interview subjects are enthusiastic, the overall lack of familiarity with Rodriquez's personal background and career collapse begin to drag. show more

See all critic reviews on


Winner Bästa dokumentärfilm
Guldbagge Award (2013)
Winner Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Documentary (Feature)