• Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Searching for Sugar Man

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.

Cast: Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan DiMaggio, Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew Strydom

Director: Malik Bendjelloul

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Passion Pictures, Red Box Films

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 90
    Ella TaylorNPR

    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

  • 75
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    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

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Winner Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Documentary (Feature)
Winner Best Documentary Film
Guldbagge Award (2013)
Winner Documentary Program of the Year
Kristallen Award (2014)