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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 .... sound designer
Neil Benezra .... sound re-recording mixer
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
Michael 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
Transportation Department
William Clark Coit III .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
William Clark Coit III .... location manager
Beth Convery .... assistant location manager
David Danberg .... craft service
Richard Funston .... production assistant
Brad Holtzman .... assistant locations manager
Ryan Kaercher .... key set production assistant
Anna Kooris .... director assistant
Nina Ljeti .... production assistant
Matt McCombs .... international sales: Spotlight Pictures
Stacey McGillis .... location manager
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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Also Known As:
103 min | USA:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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


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One of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time, save your money!, 26 October 2013

I love James Franco & know how talented he is as an actor & now in art as well. I heard he had begun directing so when I saw his movie "SAL" up for viewing I dug right in; not knowing much about Sal Mineo I thought this could be fascinating. Boy was I wrong...and I mean BIG time wrong. This movie looks like something a pack of High-School film club wannabes attempted to make over their Summer break. No make that over their Christmas break.

The movies cinematography, if you can call a single light and one very shaky hand-held camera being filmed by some drunk pulled off the street entertainment, was actually boring and just totally substandard. The incessant & tedious closeups of the actors face, nose or eyes while doing some of the most mundane activities like the minutes long scenes of him smoking or driving were simply awful. No art form, no intrigue, no nothing. Any hope for cleverness remained nonexistent.

Music & sound were other factors that were flimsily handled as if they really didn't matter because all the closeups of the actors nose meant so much more. The overall flabbiness and lack of tension made this 90 minutes particularly painful. The inconsistent tenor of the sound throughout was choppy and uneven while sounding especially tinny, as if hastily grabbed from some stack of tunes noted from long ago. Were those scratches I heard?

Now the acting was particularly amateurish, calling upon memories of plays attempted when we were all of 14, cocky & convinced of our immense talents. I search for descriptives to somehow get across just how terrible this film is and I come up frustrated and empty...kind of like the movie itself. This is no experimental art film folks, it is simply a rotten flick for which you will kick yourself for spending the time and money. MISS IT!

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