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Graeme Whifler (original screenplay)
Peter Desberg (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
26 October 1990 (USA) See more »
A small-town crime boss accepts delivery of a stolen car, only to find there's a baby in the back-seat... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Robert Martin Carroll 
Writing credits
Graeme Whifler (original screenplay)

Peter Desberg (additional dialogue) (as Peter Desberg Ph.D.)

Produced by
Ovidio G. Assonitis .... producer
Moshe Diamant .... executive producer
Peter Shepherd .... co-producer
Original Music by
Carlo Maria Cordio (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Claudio M. Cutry  (as Claudio Cutry)
Casting by
Ed Mitchell 
Production Design by
Mario Molli 
Set Decoration by
Marty Wittie 
Costume Design by
Terry Dresbach 
Makeup Department
Camille Calvet .... chief hairdresser
Cheryl Markowitz .... assistant makeup artist
Franco Rufini .... chief makeup artist (as Frank Ruffini)
Production Management
David Dodson .... unit production manager
Donatella Ibba .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew J. Clark .... first assistant director (as Matthew Clark)
Anthony Fabian-Reinstein .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Clifton .... construction manager
Billy Jett .... assistant art director
Chuck Roseberry .... set dresser
Mark Sandy .... sketch artist
George Stevens .... property supervisor
Sound Department
Roberto Arcangeli .... foley editor (as Robert Arcangeli)
William G. Flick .... sound boom operator (as Bill Flick)
Leslie La Penna .... supervising dialogue editor
Danilo Moroni .... sound engineer
James Pilcher .... sound designer (as Jim Pilcher)
Federico Savina .... sound consultant: Dolby
Donato Ungaro .... sound editor
David Waelder .... production sound mixer (as David Waelter)
Special Effects by
Louise Derossi .... special effects technician
Bob Glaser .... effects consultant
Don Power .... special effects engineer
Visual Effects by
Karen Ross .... optical photography supervisor
Gregg Brazzel .... stunt coordinator
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
Howdy Fowler .... stunt driver
Joe Gilbride .... stunts (as Joe Gilbridge)
Jean Malahni .... stunts
Roberto Messina .... stunts (as Robert Messina)
A.J. Nay .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolfo Bartoli .... camera operator: second unit
Jeff Buchanan .... gaffer
Katherine M. Butler .... focus puller (as Kate Butler)
Dante Cardone .... dolly grip
Vincenzo Carpineta .... camera operator: second unit (as Vincent Carpineta)
Piero Clemente .... assistant camera
Jack Fitzgerald .... assistant camera: second unit
Rory Flynn .... still photographer
Roberto Forges Davanzati .... director of photography: second unit (as Robert Forges Davanzati)
Bobby Green .... generator operator
Paul Grindrod .... grip
Jeff Honeycutt .... gaffer
Jerry Lane .... second assistant camera
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip (as Anthony Marra)
Walter Martucci .... grip
Mario Palermi .... gaffer
Luigi Pasqualini .... chief gaffer (as Louis Pasqualini)
Peter Sherman .... second assistant camera: second unit
Michael Sudmeier .... gaffer
Jay Villa .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Greenman .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Pina La Rosa .... second assistant film editor (as Pina Larosa)
Ernesto Novelli .... color timer
Donna Tracy .... first assistant film editor
Music Department
David Carradine .... performer: theme song
Carlo Maria Cordio .... music conductor
Alex Michelson .... music editor
Transportation Department
Arcadio Garcia .... driver
Denny Greenman .... driver
Alvin Hurd .... driver: honeywagon
Gene Schubert .... driver
Harry Smith .... driver
Stephen Smith .... transportation
Other crew
Annette Baird-Smith .... assistant: Mr. Assonitis
Susan Bierbaum .... script continuity
Ron Bledsoe .... wrangler
Greg Fletcher .... assistant accountant
Donna Idol .... unit publicist
Henry Mayer .... production accountant
Rebecca Morrison .... production assistant: L.A.
Bridget Oram .... production office coordinator
Erik Karsen Puhm .... commentary
Paola Pulvan .... research
Denise Ream .... production assistant
Victor Rocky .... production assistant
Chuck Avis .... the producer would like to thank: the Bank of Beverly Hills
Elaine Calhoun .... the producer would like to thank: the Bank of Beverly Hills
Laurie Cartwright .... the producer would like to thank: Albert G. Ruben Insurance Co.
Kelly Cosandaey .... the producer would like to thank: the New Mexico Film Commission (as Kelly Cosandey)
Bill English .... the producer would like to thank: the Columbus Chamber of Commerce (as Mr. and Mrs. Bill English)
Sharon Henderson .... the producer would like to thank: the Deming Chamber of Commerce
Scott Jacobson .... the producer would like to thank: Chilton Inn Manager
Virginia Poole .... the producer would like to thank: United N.M. Bank of Mimbres Valley

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96 min | West Germany:93 min (video)
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Originally the shootout finale was suppose to take place in a farmhouse that was scheduled to be demolished, so that it could be burned in the end. However, the owner of the house changed his mind and the production ended up having to create the "pyramid" structure in which the climax takes place.See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Surreal life..., 23 December 2006
Author: Frank Markland from United States

Paul L. Smith plays a local crook "Who has the town under his thumb" however things get extremely bizarre when in the opening sequences we see Brad Dourif kill a couple and steal the car with a baby inside, to which Smith wants to kill but his "wife" David Carradine(!) wants to keep, Smith compromises and raises the boy as a geek and through out we see a blackly comic, utterly bizarre, daft and overall daring movie to say the least. First of all the thought of having David Carradine as your mother, Smith as your dad and Dourif as your uncle would guarantee any kid's trip to insanity. The movie is indeed quite strange but it's all surprisingly well acted, with effective black comedy and surreality that verges on true greatness. I mean you have to be extremely talented to make a movie this bizarre. And yet in it's own way Sonny Boy is ingenious in it's story. A movie that is unpredictable, jaw dropping (Seriously anyone known to remembering Carradine for his role on Kung Fu, will have their jaw drop whenever he's on screen, which is pretty often) and at times somewhat tragic. This is a movie for the adventurous who have grown tired of predictable blockbusters, and unpredictable Sonny Boy is. This is a cult classic and for my money, needs a DVD release.

* * *1/2 out of 4-(Very Good)

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