Journeyman Pictures (Great Britain), Hunting Lane Films, Gowanus Projections (Firm)

DVD - 2009

Miguel 'Sugar' Santos is a talented Dominican baseball player who longs to break into the American big league and earn the money needed to support his impoverished family. He is a talented pitcher who might just have what it takes to earn a prized spot on a Major League Baseball team. Before that happens he'll have to prove his worth in the minor leagues. Advancing in baseball's minor league system at the tender age of 19, Miguel is warmly welcomed into the small-town Iowa of his host family. He struggles 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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Feature films
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Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Item Description
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
"This PG-13-rated version contains material different from the original R-rated version"--Container.
Special features: deleted scenes, Making "Sugar": run the bases, Play beisbol!: the Dominican dream, interview with Algenis Perez Soto.
Includes 3 previews of other motion pictures.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (approximately 114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Playing Time
DVD, NTSC, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for sexual content, language and brief drug use.
Sundance Film Festival, 2008 ; Toronto Film Festival, 2008.
Production Credits
Cinematography, Andrij Parekh ; editor, Anna Boden ; costume designer, Erin Benach ; music, Michael Brook.
Corporate Authors
Journeyman Pictures (Great Britain) (production company), Hunting Lane Films, Gowanus Projections (Firm)
Other Authors
Anna Boden (film director), Ryan Fleck, 1976- (film producer), Paul Mezey (actor), Jamie Patricof, Jeremy Kipp Walker, Algenis Pérez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, 1986-, André Holland, Ann Whitney, Ellary Porterfield, 1989-, Jaime Tirelli, José Rijo, Michael Gaston, Alina Vargas, Richard Bull, 1924-2014, Kelvin Leonardo Garcia, Joendy Pena Brown
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Play Preview After he catches the eye of a scout while playing in his native Dominican Republic, baseball prospect Miguel Sugar Santos (Perez Soto) is recruited to play in the minor leagues in the Midwest, where he has difficultly adapting both on and off the field. As much a story about the promise of the American dream as it is about America's national pastime, this film dramatizes the hard lessons learned when hope and reality clash.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A nineteen-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic struggles to work his way from a minor league team in Iowa to the major leagues of American baseball.