SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN 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 rumors 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.
- Malik Bendjelloul
- Run Time
- 1 hour 25 minutes
[A] moving, lyrical account ...Ken Marks, New Yorker, 09.16.2012
A rock documentary that goes way behind the music to tell a story that seems pure urban legend.Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 08.09.2012
The search for a long-lost pop icon has an unexpected payoff.John Anderson, Newsday, 09.20.2012
At 85 minutes, it's a tight, sharp achievement, yet one of the things I love about it is simple: It moves to a relaxed rhythm, in sync with its slightly otherworldly subject.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 01.07.2013