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Sonny (2002)

An honorably discharged soldier returns home to New Orleans, hoping to break away from his upbringing as a trained prostitute, but his brothel-madam mother has other expectations.

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Cast

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Sonny
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Henry
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Albert
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Meg
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Gretchen
Willie Metcalf ...
Cal
Janet Shea ...
Wealthy Woman
Cary Wilmot Alden ...
Catherine
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Acid Yellow
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Jesse
Graham Timbes ...
Troy
Wallace Merck ...
Scott
Doug Barden ...
Maitre d'
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Storyline

New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home where the only life he's known is as a gigolo working for his mother. He wants to leave that behind, but the job his Army buddy promised doesn't materialize, and he can't escape his past. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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His life was the morning after, until he decided to change the night before.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, some drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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21 March 2003 (Greece)  »

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Pony Rides  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,639 (USA) (29 December 2002)

Gross:

$17,639 (USA) (29 December 2002)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tommy Wiseau, credits this movie as the reason why he gave James Franco the green light to portray him in "The Disaster Artist" (2017). See more »

Quotes

Carol: You know, you still need some money until you can earn some. You want me to help?
Sonny: D'I have to fuck for it?
Carol: Yeah.
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Soundtracks

A Fifth of Beethoven
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (1779-1827) and Walter Murphy
Performed by Walter Murphy
Courtesy of Thomas J. Valentino, Inc.
Published by RFT Music Publishing Corp. (BMI)
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R WE ALL SEEING THE SAME MOVIE?
7 September 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Am baffled at the low ratings and poor reviews this film has gotten. Would this still have been the case if Nick Cage were not an A-List actor? I thought this film to be a phenomenal character piece that kept me gripped until the very end. James Franco once again shows his chops as one of the best actors of his generation. Perhaps the film was a little too real for many to take and showed a life of prositution that was not through Hollywood goggles (ie Pretty Woman). With the exception of Scott Caan, all the performances were stellar and the movie was a phenomenal debut for any first time director. I hope that you haters out there do not sway Mr. Cage away from his position behind the lens.


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