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Sonny Boy (1989)

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A small-town crime boss accepts delivery of a stolen car, only to find there's a baby in the back-seat. He and his transgender wife cut out the boy's tongue and raise him as a mute ... See full summary »

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Graeme Whifler (original screenplay), Peter Desberg (additional dialogue) (as Peter Desberg Ph.D.)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Pearl
Paul L. Smith ... Slue
Brad Dourif ... Weasel
Conrad Janis ... Doc Bender
Sydney Lassick ... Charlie P.
Savina Gersak ... Sandy
Alexandra Powers ... Rose
Michael Boston ... Sonny Boy (as Michael Griffin)
Steve Carlisle ... Sheriff
Steve Ingrassia ... Deputy
Stephen Lee Davis Stephen Lee Davis ... Bart
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Mayor
Jeff Bergquist ... Father Owen
Dalene Young Dalene Young ... Doc Wallace
Christopher Bradley ... Husband
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A small-town crime boss accepts delivery of a stolen car, only to find there's a baby in the back-seat. He and his transgender wife cut out the boy's tongue and raise him as a mute accomplice in their crimes. When the grown "Sonny Boy" escapes and tries to make contact with the outside world, the attention he draws to his warped family results in darkly-humored mayhem. Written by <kinkajou@interserv.com>

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There are some secrets you can't keep chained up forever... See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

David Carradine wrote and performed the film's theme song, "Maybe it Ain't." See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK Entertainment in Video VHS runs 6 minutes longer than the U.S. VHS from Media/CBS FOX. See more »

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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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Written and Performed by David Carradine
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...the impossible movie?
3 July 2000 | by centurymantra-2See all my reviews

While watching this with a friend (in a general state of disbelief due to the surreal audacity of the flick), they looked over at me to exclaim that I had found "the impossible movie". This comment bluntly yet accurately summarizes in many ways what it is about this movie that cannot really be put into words. Any attempt to describe this movie would simply do it an injustice. The combination of elements; cinematography, music, actors, scenarios, etc. is nearly brilliant and the dark humored tone that dominates this film is disturbing, illuminating and hilarious all at once. Watching this film is definitely a love-it or hate-it proposition, but for those who appreciate the surreal, offbeat and macabre elements of cinema, this film is a motherlode. Just keep in mind that Psychotronic Film Guide ranks this as one of the top ten films of the '80's and the gentleman responsible for the screenplay (Graeme Whifler) created most of the early films and videos for that infamous band of San Francisco musical luminaries, The Residents. If these two facts mean anything to you, then I need to say no more...


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il dono del silenzio See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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