Sonny

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Overview

Film superstar Nicolas Cage's directing debut, Sonny follows a very unconventional family as they struggle to overcome personal and financial adversity. Young Sonny James Franco returns home to New Orleans from Army service to find his mother Jewel Brenda Blethyn, a prostitute, in dire financial straits due to her marketability decreasing exponentially as her age increases. Jewel takes heart at her son's return, however, as she had raised him to be a male prostitute and his mid-'20s vitality should be able to ...
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Overview

Film superstar Nicolas Cage's directing debut, Sonny follows a very unconventional family as they struggle to overcome personal and financial adversity. Young Sonny James Franco returns home to New Orleans from Army service to find his mother Jewel Brenda Blethyn, a prostitute, in dire financial straits due to her marketability decreasing exponentially as her age increases. Jewel takes heart at her son's return, however, as she had raised him to be a male prostitute and his mid-'20s vitality should be able to provide a much-needed boost to her family's income -- which until now has primarily been based on Jewel's boyfriend Henry's Harry Dean Stanton small-time thievery, as well as the income generated by Jewel's new recruit, Carol Mena Suvari. Sonny initially scoffs at the thought, having been offered a chance for a legitimate job from his Army buddy Scott Caan, but when that possibility falls through, Sonny finds he has no choice but to work for his mother.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Nicolas Cage and producer Norm Golightly; Cast and crew bios; Theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
A disappointing effort from Nicolas Cage in his directorial debut, Sonny doesn't have much of a story, isn't acted particularly well, and is written in a way that repeatedly telegraphs the next scene or line. Early on in the film, it's made very clear to the audience in a conversation between the lead, Sonny (James Franco), and Henry (Harry Dean Stanton), that there is something about their relationship that Henry hasn't expressed to Sonny. This turns into a dramatic revelation to Sonny near the end of the film, but it's not news to anyone in the audience. In the same way, one can often guess what a character is about to say before they say it. Perhaps the film's only surprise is a brief appearance by Nicolas Cage as a gay, cocaine-snorting pimp. It's among the worst and most pointless scenes in the film. Brenda Blethyn and Mena Suvari often seem to be struggling with TV movie writer John Carlen's cliché-laden script which requires that they scream, yelp and cry throughout the film. However, Harry Dean Stanton overcomes the material and is excellent as a lowlife thief and gambler with just a touch of class.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • UPC: 883316541876
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,650

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Franco Sonny
Brenda Blethyn Jewel
Mena Suvari Carol
Harry Dean Stanton Henry
Brenda Vaccaro
Scott Caan
Seymour Cassel
Nicolas Cage
Technical Credits
Nicolas Cage Director, Producer
Paul Brooks Producer
John Carlen Screenwriter
Shawn-Holly Cookson Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn S. Gainor Executive Producer
Debra L. Gainor Associate Producer
Norm Golightly Producer
Jeffrey Haupt Sound/Sound Designer
Elizabeth Hayden-Passero Casting
Monroe Kelly Production Designer
Mark Anthony Little Asst. Director
Clint Mansell Score Composer
Barry Markowitz Cinematographer
Jeffrey Passero Casting
Elizabeth Passero Casting
Howard E. Smith Editor
Norm Waitt Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sonny
1. Discharged From the Army [8:53]
2. Employment Options [8:26]
3. Raising Bail [4:52]
4. Going Square [4:29]
5. Job Lead [4:17]
6. First Date [4:49]
7. Revelations [4:24]
8. Back in the Bed [7:31]
9. Trick Enforcement [10:10]
10. Doubling Up [5:35]
11. Birthday Madam [6:19]
12. Dual Action [5:46]
13. Need For Change [9:10]
14. Henry''s Day [5:48]
15. Rough Trade [7:13]
16. Escape Route [6:56]
17. End Credits [5:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sonny
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   Chapters
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Nicolas Cage and Producer Norm Golightly
      Audio Commentary With Writer John Carlen
      Cast and Crew Bios
         James Franco
         Brenda Blethyn
         Harry Dean Stanton
         Mena Suvari
         Nicolas Cage
         John Carlen
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      "Poolhall Junkies" Trailer
   Languages
      Audio: English 5.1
      Audio: English 2.0
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
      Subtitles: English
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Artistic View

    Let me start out by saying that this isn't a typical movie most would want to see. It has an 'independent film' quality to it, which I personally enjoy, but many may view as dissappointing. However, this movie has a wonderful story to it! It's very unique, but excellently acted. James Franco is so convincing with his carracter, I really am reminded of James Dean when I see Franco act (quite fitting since he played James Dean in a movie). His acting skills are superbly exhibited in this movie, you see real depth in his character as a result. The rest of the cast is also great, though the actress for Carol could've done better (in my opinion). She still did a wonderful job though! The most hilarious part of this movie (though not a comedy) is a cameo by Nicholas Cage as a cocaine-snorting homosexual pimp...look close, for you may not recognize him at first!

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