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Sal (2011)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama | 1 November 2013 (USA)
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The last day in the life of the actor Sal Mineo, who was murdered on February 12, 1976.

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James Franco

Writers:

James Franco (story), Vince Jolivette (story) | 4 more credits »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Lauren ... Sal Mineo
Jim Parrack ... Keir Dullea
James Franco ... Milton Katselas
Vince Jolivette ... Billy Belasco
Trevor Neuhoff ... Michael Mason
Stacey Miller Stacey Miller ... Nancy Barr
Brian Goodman ... Det. Tankersley
Raymond T. Williams ... Lionel Ray Williams
Boyd Smith ... Boyd
Jacquelyn Deme Jacquelyn Deme ... Nurse
Jason Fox ... Steven Gustafson
Brian Lally ... Detective Pia
Cristian Olave ... Ray Evans
Jocelyn Ayanna ... Mabel
Felicity Bryant Felicity Bryant ... Monica Merrem
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The last day in the life of the actor Sal Mineo, who was murdered on February 12, 1976.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sal Mineo: A Biography See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,375, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$6,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,883
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film takes place on February 12, 1976. See more »

Connections

References Joe Forrester: The Answer (1976) See more »

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One of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time, save your money!
26 October 2013 | by bbmcdonald-828-981701See all my reviews

I love James Franco & know how talented he is as an actor & now in art as well. I heard he had begun directing so when I saw his movie "SAL" up for viewing I dug right in; not knowing much about Sal Mineo I thought this could be fascinating. Boy was I wrong...and I mean BIG time wrong. This movie looks like something a pack of High-School film club wannabes attempted to make over their Summer break. No make that over their Christmas break.

The movies cinematography, if you can call a single light and one very shaky hand-held camera being filmed by some drunk pulled off the street entertainment, was actually boring and just totally substandard. The incessant & tedious closeups of the actors face, nose or eyes while doing some of the most mundane activities like the minutes long scenes of him smoking or driving were simply awful. No art form, no intrigue, no nothing. Any hope for cleverness remained nonexistent.

Music & sound were other factors that were flimsily handled as if they really didn't matter because all the closeups of the actors nose meant so much more. The overall flabbiness and lack of tension made this 90 minutes particularly painful. The inconsistent tenor of the sound throughout was choppy and uneven while sounding especially tinny, as if hastily grabbed from some stack of tunes noted from long ago. Were those scratches I heard?

Now the acting was particularly amateurish, calling upon memories of plays attempted when we were all of 14, cocky & convinced of our immense talents. I search for descriptives to somehow get across just how terrible this film is and I come up frustrated and empty...kind of like the movie itself. This is no experimental art film folks, it is simply a rotten flick for which you will kick yourself for spending the time and money. MISS IT!


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