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A Boy Called Sailboat (2018)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 29 April 2018 (USA)
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A Hispanic family find hope in their extraordinary son named Sailboat when a personal gesture awakens a global desire. Armed with a "little guitar", Sailboat leads an offbeat cast into the miraculous story of the greatest secret never told.


Cameron Nugent


Cameron Nugent
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Credited cast:
J.K. Simmons ... Ernest
Jake Busey ... Bing
Noel Gugliemi ... José
Lew Temple ... DJ
Elizabeth De Razzo ... Meyo
Bernard Curry ... Referee
Nick Farnell ... Music Store Attendant
Patricia Kalis ... Peggy
Addam Bramich ... Pat
Julian Atocani Sanchez Julian Atocani Sanchez ... Sailboat
Steve Townley Steve Townley ... Coach
Jessiqa Pace Jessiqa Pace ... Office Worker
Jamille James ... Pregnant Woman (as Jamille Rivera)
Keanu Wilson Keanu Wilson ... Peeti
Miranda Skerman ... Female DJ


In a slanted dwelling beyond the outskirts of a drought-ridden town, a close Hispanic family accept an impossible blessing and name their only son Sailboat. Sailboat stirs new love and hope in his family who forge a simple but proud life in the deep South West of America, but one afternoon he brings home something more: a "little guitar". From this moment, Sailboat and his ukulele are inseparable, and when his gravely ill grandmother instructs him to write a song for her, Sailboat meanders through adversity to deliver the unimaginable - the greatest song ever written. Will the song breathe one final miracle, or reveal a hapless twist of fate that will return his family to a house held up by a "stick", a car without doors, an unchanging wardrobe, and a friend who can't blink? Written by Cameron Nugent

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Plot Keywords:

sailboat | song | boy | mexican | See All (4) »


A boy with the most unlikely name, does the most unlikely thing...


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Official site | Website


USA | Australia


English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boy Called Sailboat See more »

Filming Locations:

Silver City, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.4 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cameron Nugent and his wife scouted possible locations for this film from their home in Australia by using Google Earth. See more »


Sailboat: My Abuela one day said, some things happen, so other things can happen.
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10 December 2018 | by maloneypb-78889See all my reviews

My wife and I loved this movie (State Cinema Hobart with Grigoryan Brothers live on stage): quirky, light mood with depth, funny, moving. I probably missed many of the oblique references and still felt fully included. Loved the American-Mexican-Australian mix and that J. K. Simmons agreed to be involved. Each actor radiated commitment in his/her role. Thanks to all involved.

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