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Sonny (2002)

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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 March 2003 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Pony Rides  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,639 (USA) (27 December 2002)


$19,782 (Hong Kong) (17 October 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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In 2010, New York Magazine reported that while doing research for his role in Sonny (2002), 'James Franco' visited male strip clubs in New Orleans and also followed a male prostitute around, even into a hotel room while the prostitute did his job. See more »


Sonny: Come on, Henry. You know half the people in the quarter know me as a whore. No one's gonna give me a straight job.
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Concerto in D Minor, after 'Alessandro' BWV 974
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Performed by Glenn Gould
Courtesy of Estate of Glenn Gould and Sony Classical (SK 52620)
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licencing
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A Breath of Fresh Air
23 November 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

What a beautifully, honest film! Nic Cage makes his Directorial debut and an extremely successful one at that. Not knowing what to expect going into this film I was thrilled to find a brilliantly acted, enthralling story unfold before my eyes.

My hat is off to James Franco who did an amazing job of portraying an emotionally conflicted young man in a performance that reminds me a great deal of a young Brando or Montgomery Clift. In fact all the actors did a sterling job with each character slowly unraveling as the script built. What struck me the most about this film was the evidence of creative freedom that can only come from a director who truly understands the vulnerability and sacred space that an actor must work in.

"Sonny" is a film that gives me hope that all is not lost in "Hollywood". It is a film that you can't help but become a part of. It is a film that reeks of truth, honesty and character. A perfect cast, solid script, excellent music and the lightest of directorial touches make for a must see film.

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