• Sugar (2009)


Release Date: April 3rd, 2009

DVD Release Date: September 1st, 2009

R |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Like many young men in the Dominican Republic, 19-year-old Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Algenis Perez Soto) dreams of winning a slot on an American baseball team. Indeed, his talents as a pitcher eventually land him a slot on a single-A team in Iowa, but culture shock, racism and other curveballs threaten to turn Sugar's dream sour.

Cast: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, André Holland, Michael Gaston, Jaime Tirelli, Jose Rijo, Ann Whitney, Richard Bull

Director: Anna Boden , Ryan Fleck

Genres: Drama

Production Co: HBO Films

Keywords: Transformation, Mother, Sacrifice, New York City, Rivalry, Fascinating, 2000s, Friend, Engaging

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The price of the production's integrity is a leisurely pace -- but it's a worthwhile one. Though Sugar demands patience, it deserves attention. show more

  • 80
    Bob MondelloNPR

    The filmmakers have mostly cast from Dominican playing fields rather than from acting studios -- Algenis Perez Soto, the accomplished first-time performer who plays Miguel Sugar Santos, was himself a teen ballplayer -- so game and practice sequences have an easy authenticity from the start. show more

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