Sonny (film)

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Poster of the movie Sonny.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Nicolas Cage
Produced by Paul Brooks
Nicolas Cage
Norman Golightly
Written by John Carlen
Starring James Franco
Brenda Blethyn
Harry Dean Stanton
Mena Suvari
Josie Davis
Music by Clint Mansell
Cinematography Barry Markowitz
Edited by Howard E. Smith
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
September 2, 2002 (2002-09-02)
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Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $30,005[when?]

Sonny is a 2002 American crime-drama film starring James Franco, Harry Dean Stanton, Brenda Blethyn, Mena Suvari and Josie Davis. Based on a screenplay by John Carlen, the film marked the directorial debut of Nicolas Cage, who makes his cameo appearance. It was co-produced by Cage's production company Saturn Films.[1]


Sonny (Franco) is the son of Jewel (Blethyn) who runs a small brothel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sonny returns home from the army, staying with his mother while waiting to start the job an army buddy of his promised him. Jewel tries to convince Sonny to come back to working for her as he had before the army, saying many of his old clients still miss him and he was the best gigolo she had ever had.

Sonny repeatedly turns her down, wanting to leave that life behind. However, the job he was promised never materializes and he is forced to return to working for his mother. Jewel had recently recruited a new girl to the brothel, Carol (Suvari), who meets Sonny and falls in love with him. They talk of getting out together.

One of Carol's clients, an older man, proposes to her. She initially declines, hoping to go away with Sonny. She and Sonny fall out as he fails to make an effort to get out of the business, instead becoming increasingly introverted and depressed, with occasional outbursts as he looks for more work. Ultimately, Carol accepts the marriage proposal.



The film was not well received upon release, with a 23% rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

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