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Story

Nicolas Cage once acted in a notably sexy and atmospheric New Orleans movie called Zandalee, so nostalgia may have recommended Sonny as a directorial debut project. The handsome young title character (James Franco) returns to his bordello-district home after Army service, wanting only to lead a normal life, work in a bookstore, meet a nice girl, and settle down. Sonny spent his pre-Army years expertly pleasuring well-to-do ladies, having been taught "everything he knows"--as we are oft reminded--by his own mother (Brenda Blethyn in sub-Tennessee Williams rampage). After discovering that "normal" people can be as fallible as lowlifes, our boy reluctantly resumes his former trade, with dispiriting results. Not half as dispiriting, though, as Cage's maiden directing effort. Marginal compensation is supplied by Harry Dean Stanton, sweetly weary as an old family friend, and the copiously zaftig Brenda Vaccaro (cf. Midnight Cowboy) as a once and future client. Cage himself turns up as a poodle-toting pimp named Acid Yellow. --Richard T. Jameson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

James FrancoSonny
Brenda BlethynJewel
Harry Dean StantonHenry
Mena SuvariCarol
Seymour CasselAlbert
Brenda VaccaroMeg
Josie DavisGretchen
Nicolas CageAcid Yellow
Scott CaanJesse
Katherine RandolphDagmar
David JensenMr. Penn
Marc CoppolaJimmy at Mattie's

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Nicolas Cage
  • Producer: HBO
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 27, 2002
    JapanApr 17, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 19, 2003
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