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Directed byNicolas Cage
Produced by
Written byJohn Carlen
Music byClint Mansell
CinematographyBarry Markowitz
Edited byHoward E. Smith
Distributed bySamuel Goldwyn Films
Release date
December 27, 2002 (2002-12-27)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$4 million[1]
Box office$132,221[2]

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 a cameo appearance. It was co-produced by Cage's production company Saturn Films.[3]


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.[4] However, Tommy Wiseau is a fan of the movie, and Franco's performance in it gave Wiseau faith in Franco's ability to portray him respectfully in The Disaster Artist.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Sonny (2002) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Sonny (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Sonny (2002)". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Sonny (2002)". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2017-09-12.