Searching for Sugar Man


Searching for Sugar Man
This well-rated documentary tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumours of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

86 minutes.
Parental Guidance (Language).
Biographical, Documentary, Musical, On the art circuit

Showtimes

A flash in the pan!
A flash in the pan!

Credits

Cast
Clarence Avant, Malik Bendjelloul, Dennis Coffey, Rodriguez, Eva Rodriguez, Regan Rodriguez
Director
Malik Bendjelloul
CinematographyCamilla Skagerström
Sound formats
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2012
Produced byPassion Pictures, Red Box Films, Canfield Pictures

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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance SuggestedRated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references
Runtime86
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.



Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Mark Jenkins quote iconSouth Africa's American Idol.
15
Cape Times
Justin Lowe quote iconDespite an affecting soundtrack, the unexpected twist late in the film struggles to overcome the flagging narrative momentum.
5
Box Office
Ray Greene quote iconA Screwball Documentary for the Singer/Songwriter Era
10
Metacritic.com
28 critics
15
Rottentomatoes critics
76 critics
16
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer
19
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
16
Movie Review Intelligence
32 critics
16

What the People say

Internet
594 Netizens quote iconWell worth your time...
15

Average .. 71%

14

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