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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
Addam Bramich Addam Bramich ... Pat
Patricia Kalis ... Peggy
Julian Atocani Sanchez Julian Atocani Sanchez ... Sailboat
Keanu Wilson Keanu Wilson ... Peeti
Steve Townley Steve Townley ... Coach
Jamille James ... Pregnant Woman (as Jamille Rivera)
Miranda Skerman ... Female DJ
Jessiqa Pace Jessiqa Pace ... Office Worker


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 »


José: They say you're very sick.
Abuela: [In Spanish] I am from Tijuana. Sick does not concern me.
José: But they are doctors.
Abuela: Doctors who buy big houses and new wives from saying people are sick!
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Wonderful movie
1 December 2018 | by rknight-06076See all my reviews

This was a truly beautiful movie, with a story that was uplifting, moving and funny. Great acting; the boy who played Sailboat was a delight; and all the children were so believable in their roles that it seemed like the class, the school and the soccer teams really existed. Full marks to the Director, the photographer, and all involved, for a very authentic film. The music was amazing; I was lucky enough to see the film while the Grigoryan brothers, who did the musical score played it live, in a theatre in Adelaide. A film really worth seeing by young and old.

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