Sugar

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Overview

Filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Half Nelson weave this introspective sports drama concerning a talented Dominican baseball player who longs to break into the American big league and earn the money needed to support his impoverished family. Miguel Santos is a talented pitcher who might just have what it takes to earn a prized spot on a Major League Baseball team, but before that happens he'll have to prove his worth in the minor leagues. Advancing into the United States' minor league system at the tender age ...
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Overview

Filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Half Nelson weave this introspective sports drama concerning a talented Dominican baseball player who longs to break into the American big league and earn the money needed to support his impoverished family. Miguel Santos is a talented pitcher who might just have what it takes to earn a prized spot on a Major League Baseball team, but before that happens he'll have to prove his worth in the minor leagues. Advancing into the United States' minor league system at the tender age of 19, Miguel is warmly welcomed into the small-town Iowa home of his host family, but can't help but struggle with language and cultural barriers despite the kindness of strangers. Subsequently forced to reevaluate his life's ambition after his once-trusty arm becomes unreliable, the previously single-minded pitcher gradually begins to question both the world he lives in and the role he has chosen to play in it.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Play Béisbol! The Dominican Dream - Featuring interviews with David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez and more; Casting Sugar: Interview with Algenis Perez Soto
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck made a noteworthy narrative feature debut with Half Nelson, and they establish themselves as filmmakers of uncommon integrity, compassion, and vision with their superb follow-up, Sugar. While the film deals with familiar elements -- it is a fish-out-of-water story and a sports drama -- the filmmakers scrupulously avoid cliché, and in their own unobtrusively artful way, subvert audience expectations. While the film isn't really about baseball, so much as it's about a young man's coming to terms with what he wants out of life, Boden and Fleck have done their research. They get the baseball right -- a rare feat -- and they manage to tell a thoroughly compelling story that we've never seen onscreen before. Because of its unsentimental, straightforward script and its consistently excellent acting, Sugar feels completely naturalistic and true-to-life, to the extent that some might overlook the expert craft these filmmakers bring to bear. For example, there's a shot in the middle of the film -- following Miguel "Sugar" Santos Algenis Perez Soto in an understated and wholly convincing performance from his hotel room, through the hotel's lobby and game room, to the bowling alley, where he briefly sees another American minor leaguer socializing -- that wonderfully captures where Miguel is in that moment, physically and emotionally. When Miguel, who's spent much of the film in small-town Iowa and Arizona, wanders into a Bronx coffee shop, we fully empathize with his relief at simply being able to speak his native language and be understood. Sugar may not go where its audience expects, or even wants it to go, but it is full of so much humor, grace, and unexpected detail, and arrives in such a truthful place, that in the end it's far more enthralling than the typical rags-to-riches tale one might have anticipated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • UPC: 043396323810
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Algenis Perez Soto Miguel Santos, Miguel Santos, 'Sugar'
Rayniel Rufino Jorge, Jorge Ramírez
Andre Holland Brad, Brad Johnson
Michael Gaston Stu Sutton
Jaime Tirelli Osvaldo
Jose Rijo Alvarez, Alvarez, Baseball Consultant
Ann Whitney Helen Higgins
Richard Bull Earl Higgins
Ellary Porterfield Anne Higgins
Alina Vargas Reyna
Kevin Leonardo Garcia Salvador
Joendy Peña Brown Marcos
Marcos Rosa Sanchez
Walki Cuevas Alfonso
Santo Silvestre Umpire 1
Emmanuel Nanita Carvajal Reyes
Cesar Emilio Minaya C. Pedro
Joendy Pena Marcos
Karl Bury Rudy Hubbard
Zaida Alexandra Hernandez Erica
Lilin Soto Gonzales Grandmother
Dioni Feliciano Luis
Teodosia Reyes Carmen
Walky Alvarez Sofia
Letilier A. Foy Jr. Jaime
Victor Manuel Adon Javier
Technical Credits
Anna Boden Director, Editor, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Ryan Fleck Director, Screenwriter
Mike Ahern Art Director
Erin Benach Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Brook Score Composer
Mariela Comitini Asst. Director
Lynn Fainchtein Musical Direction/Supervision
Judy Karp Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Paul S. Mezey Producer
Elizabeth Mickle Production Designer
Andrij Parekh Cinematographer
Jamie Patricof Producer
Abigail Savage Sound/Sound Designer
Cindy Tolan Casting
Jeremy Kipp Walker Producer
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