AFI Movie Club: SUGAR
SUGAR was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2009 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.
Movie Trivia about SUGAR
–DID YOU KNOW co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck auditioned more than six hundred actors at casting sessions in both the U.S. and the Dominican Republic? The Dominican baseball players in the film were all played by non-actors, including star Algenis Pérez Soto as Miguel ‘Sugar’ Santos.
–DID YOU KNOW, after being cast in the film, Pérez Soto worked with a major league pitching coach for two months to prepare for the role? In addition, Pérez Soto also worked with Dominican baseball pitching legend José Rijo, a preeminent pitcher in Major League Baseball during the 1980s and 1990s.
–DID YOU KNOW besides working with star Algenis Pérez Soto, Dominican baseball pitching legend José Rijo also played the role of Alvarez, the Director of the Kansas City Knights Academy?
–DID YOU KNOW Manny Nanita – who plays the role of Reyes, the academy’s head coach – was a former minor league player for the Minnesota Twins?
–DID YOU KNOW all 30 Major League Baseball teams run a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic?
–DID YOU KNOW the Dominican Republic has supplied some of Major League Baseball’s top players – including Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal, Sammy Sosa, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez?
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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions
-What do the baseball academies in the Dominican Republic represent to their people?
-How are the characters Brad Johnson and Sugar ultimately different even though they striving for similar goals?
-What does Sugar making it to the Major Leagues mean to his him? To his family?
-Does Sugar find happiness at the end of the film?
-What is your favorite baseball movie?
-How would you rate SUGAR?
In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck talk about the making of SUGAR.
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