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Searching for Sugar Man (2011)

Cast: Clarance Avant, Sixto Rodriguez
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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Music
Running Time: 86 min.

Two South African music lovers embark on a mission to uncover the fate of an obscure, 1970s-era U.S. rocker whose debut album became a surprise hit in their home country, and uncover a shocking secret along the way. Sixto Diaz Rodriguez had the kind of musical career that every aspiring rock star fears -- lauded by critics but ignored by the public, he released two albums before unceremoniously disappearing from the spotlight. But while sales of Rodriguez's debut CD COLD FACT fell flat in the U.S., overseas in Australia and South Africa, the fans couldn't get enough. In apartheid-torn South Africa in particular, COLD FACT became something of an anti-establishment classic, eventually going platinum. Later, rumors began to swirl that Rodriguez had suffered a horrible death. When Rodriguez's second album COMING FROM REALITY makes it's belated debut in South Africa, a pair of devoted fans take it upon themselves to uncover the facts surrounding the mysterious musician, and get the surprise of a lifetime while attempting to track the profits from his record sales.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Excellent Movie! by jmwagner66 July 9, 2013 - 5:07 PM PDT
This is a compelling story and creatively told. You can tell the film maker is committed to the story.
The music is also pretty amazing and the main character (it's a documentary so I'm using that term in a particular way) is a compelling individual.
Well worth watching with the commentary track as it reveals even more about the subject of the documentary and convinced me that the main character was shown in a valid way, not a constructed and edited way.

And yet...there is more to the story. You can't tell it all in an 86 minute movie but some of the bits not mentioned would have changed the character of the film. Not quite as much a cinderella story, but one just as engrossing. The choices of what to include are interesting to those of us who are documentary buffs.

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