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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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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
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Catherine
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Acid Yellow
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Jesse
Graham Timbes ...
Troy
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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

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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  »

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

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$17,639 (USA) (27 December 2002)
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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 »

Quotes

Gretchen: [having just had sex with Sonny] Oh, my God. That was... amazin'. You know, you should do that for a livin'. Oh...
Sonny: I do.
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Connections

References Chariots of Fire (1981) See more »

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Whip It
Written by Gerald V. Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by Devo
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Interesting situation, good actors with an extra spark from Nicholas Cage
2 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the slightly unusual dimension brought to the film by Nicholas Cages's direction, showing the same characteristics as many of the films in which he has a leading role. The role of Yellow acid was a bit over the top but the other roles all believable and well acted. The much worked cliché of being drawn back into a rut was kept interesting by the unlikely paradox that a good looking and sexually adapt male could struggle to impress in normal situations simply because of the stigma and baggage of his previous occupation. James Franco was an excellent choice as Sonny portraying the on the surface shy but extremely confident individual with great believability.


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