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Sal -- Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo, 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been — but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be.


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James Franco's Sal chronicles the final hours of the life of actor Sal Mineo, one-time teen idol and star of the blockbuster films Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Val Lauren ... Sal Mineo

Jim Parrack ... Keir Dullea

James Franco ... Milton Katselas

Vince Jolivette ... Billy Belasco

Trevor Neuhoff ... Michael Mason
Stacey Miller ... Nancy Barr

Brian Goodman ... Det. Tankersley

Raymond T. Williams ... Lionel Ray Williams

Boyd Smith ... Boyd
Jacquelyn Deme ... Nurse

Jason Fox ... Steven Gustafson

Brian Lally ... Detective Pia

Cristian Olave ... Ray Evans

Jocelyn Ayanna ... Mabel

Felicity Bryant ... Monica Merrem
Adrian De Leon ... Reporter

Tony Calle ... Club Patron
Richard Funston ... Dead Sal

Joseph Michael Harris ... Palm Restaurant Patron (as Michael Harris)

Stephen McCain ... Spa Patron
Raymond Merritt ... Elderly Gentleman

Inbal Amirav ... Annabelle (as Annabelle Amirav)

Ramiro Paré ... Club patron

Niko Pepaj ... Spa Patron
Daniel Rothbard ... Palm Waiter

Amy Sanders ... Shocked Girl
David Schlachtenhaufen ... Club Patron

Jordan Stone ... Reporter

Suwon Weaver ... Palm Restaurant Patron
Barrie Wild ... Sauna User
Cara Yurkowski ... Journalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kristen Adams ... Set Designer

Jonathan Darias ... Palm Restaurant Patron

Leandro DiMonriva ... Palm Restaurant Patron

Jessica Starr Folger ... Palm Restaurant Patron

Ian Gray ... Club Patron
Thomas Harvey ... Club Patron

Eva Pepaj ... Mary-Ann (as Eva Lauren)
Jae Rose ... Palm Restaurant Patron
Simon Stricker ... Club Patron
Seth Almberg ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Gabe Copeland ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Timothy Coultas ... Palm Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Dorisa Day ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Troy Jones ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Zack Ketz ... Extra (uncredited)

Henry Ortlip ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dana Owens ... Extra (uncredited)

Tanisha Rachelle ... Resident (uncredited)

Aaron T. Rudd ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Megan Seely ... Palm Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
James Franco 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Franco  story
Vince Jolivette  story
Val Lauren  story
Michael Gregg Michaud  book
Stacey Miller  screenplay
Stacey Miller  story

Produced by
Caroline Aragon .... producer
Vince Jolivette .... producer
Miles Levy .... producer
Original Music by
Neil Benezra 
Cinematography by
Christina Voros 
Production Design by
Kristen Adams 
Art Direction by
Eric Morrell 
Costume Design by
Michelle l Boucher 
Makeup Department
Alex Noble .... makeup department head
Hanny Tjan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Julie Buck .... production supervisor
Kirk Michael Fellows .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shadie Elnashai .... first assistant director
Richard Robinson .... key second assistant director
Tyler Stratton .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Alexandra Dunn .... property master
Ellen Lenbergs .... on-set property master
Emily Peters .... set dresser
Kaitlyn Pietras .... stand-by props
Jose Rodriguez-Robles .... set dresser
Megan Seely .... set dresser
Rafael Sierra .... leadman
Sound Department
Jose Barocio Jr. .... boom operator (as Jose Barocio)
Neil Benezra .... re-recording mixer
Neil Benezra .... sound designer
Neil Benezra .... supervising sound editor
Lucian Buscemi .... sound assistant
Kennard Morris .... sound mixer
Alex Noyes .... dialogue editor
Mike Weinstein .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Aran .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
James Laski .... still photographer
Kimberly Parker .... first assistant camera
Mike Parry .... gaffer
Bruce Thierry Cheung .... camera operator: "b" camera
Casting Department
Aimée Musil .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather D. Gaither .... set costumer
Carmen Nydegger .... costume supervisor
Carmen Nydegger .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Peter Cairns .... colorist
Jay Davis .... assistant editor
Location Management
William Clark Coit III .... location manager
Beth Convery .... assistant location manager
Brad Holtzman .... assistant locations manager
Stacey McGillis .... location manager
Transportation Department
William Clark Coit III .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
David Danberg .... craft service
Richard Funston .... production assistant
Ryan Kaercher .... key set production assistant
Anna Kooris .... director assistant
Nina Ljeti .... production assistant
Matt McCombs .... international sales: Spotlight Pictures
Matt McKinnon .... set production assistant
Sonja Mereu .... production assistant
Aimée Musil .... production assistant
Kimberly Parker .... script supervisor
Zhubin Rahbar .... bts stills
Carlos Rincon .... international sales: Spotlight Pictures
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services
T.J. Young .... production coordinator

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103 min | USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

The film was shot in 9 days.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Rebel Without a Cause (1955)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A boring, tedious attempt at film making, 23 November 2013
Author: velitrae from United States

As a fan of Sal Mineo and James Franco I was looking forward to this film. With a short running time I began to worry as the 30 minute mark was approaching and I was not getting into it.

This movie has parts similar to "The Brown Bunny" that terrible movie consisting of filming a driver wandering aimlessly and then ending with a surprisingly graphic unrelated sex scene. Only "Sal" omitted the surprise since of course the movie tells you at the very beginning how he dies. If you like Terrence Malick movies (I don't) with a dose of "Investigative Reports" you may enjoy it. If you are a fan of Sal Mineo you won't. The kind-of epilogue regarding the arrest of the killer seemed like an afterthought.

Franco said his intent was to capture the mundane typical activities of someone on the last day of their life without them knowing it is their last day. That doesn't make for an interesting movie. I suppose if the character was fictional and the death at the end was a shocking out-of-nowhere surprise it could be entertaining, like a "Twilight Zone" episode. But Sal Mineo was a real person and we know already that he was murdered in a pointless random act.

The tediousness of the opening workout scene (as appealing as a shirtless Val Lauren is), the smoking scenes, and the severely close-up conversation scenes, just dragged on and on. Even the play rehearsal scene was tedious and didn't tell us anything. I wanted to know who were the important people in Sal's life? Who were his friends? Did he have a relationship?

Maybe he really was a has-been actor desperately trying to convince friends to fill the seats of his off-off-off-Broadway play. But I was hoping for more. The copy-paste of real Sal's "Rebel" Oscar-nominated performance upped the contrast of what this movie could have been.

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