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Sherrybaby (2006)

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Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.



Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sherry Swanson
... Dorothy Washington
Sandra Rodríguez ... Desi
... Sabrina
... Parole Officer Hernandez
Caroline Clay ... Parole Officer Murphy
... Andy Kelly
... Bobby Swanson
... Lynette Swanson
... Alexis Parks
... Mr. Monroe
... Dean Walker
... Bob Swanson Sr.
... Marcia Swanson
Michael Dillon ... Child at Birthday Party


Sherry Swanson returns home to New Jersey after serving a three year prison sentence. Eager to reestablish a relationship with her young daughter, Sherry soon discovers that coming back to the world she left behind is far more difficult than she had planned. Written by Anonymous

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No one makes it alone.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

9 February 2007 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Shall Not Want  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,774, 10 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$199,176, 26 October 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$622,806, 28 October 2007
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a 2018 interview with Danny Trejo on her National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Terry Gross asked Trejo, "What's the role in which you are most cast against type? Because your type is always kind of like tough and menacing, like the most powerful person. So have you played [a vulnerable character]?" Trejo's response was, "I did a role [in a movie] called Sherrybaby where I was like a nice guy, with Maggie Gyllenhaal..... I was - yeah. It was kind of a real - she was like abused and abused and got out of prison. It kind of showed what happens when a woman gets out of prison and how she's used and abused. And I was like her buddy or her good friend or whatever. You know what I mean? And she was wonderful, great actress. But we went all over the world. People love that movie." See more »


During Sherry's second conversation with her brother Bobby on the pay phone at the halfway house, she is holding the phone's receiver in her right hand and her cigarette in her left hand. However, just before she terminates the conversation we cut to a closeup and she is now holding her cigarette in her right hand and her left hand has crossed her body and is holding the receiver to her right ear. See more »


[Sherry has just sat down at the beginning of an AA meeting]
Dean Walker: My name is Dean, I'm an alcoholic and an addict
[Entire group says, "Hi Dean."]
Dean Walker: Genesis Recovery is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. Is their anyone here tonight who feels the need to drink or use?
[Sherry raises her hand as she bites her nails]
Dean Walker: Go ahead little sister. Don't be shy...
Sherry Swanson:
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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Produced by J. Ralph
Performed by Angela McClusky
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Good Story / Cast / Director
10 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Laurie Collyer has made an awesome movie. She told the story well. there was no extraneous stuff. I did feel disappointed by anything that I see. It was a unflinching look at what it is to want something from life and still continue to strive for it even when life keeping smacking us down. Maggie Gyllnehaal has a knack for making me like her (Hillary Swank has that effect on me also). It would be easy to see M. Gyllenhaal's character as a victim but it is so clear that she's not. Briget Barkan, Giancarlo Esposito, Mr. Trejo, all give convincing portraits of people in need. How they get their needs met is often questionable but they keep on trying. It's a very "human" story. Nothing gets fixed. This isn't an "issue" movie. No preaching.

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