Sal 2013 CC

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(12) IMDb 4.6/10
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Director James Franco chronicles the final hours in the life of actor Sal Mineo, one-time teen heartthrob, gay icon, and the Academy Award-nominated star of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and EXODUS.

Starring:
Val Lauren, Jim Parrack
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

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Sal

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director James Franco
Starring Val Lauren, Jim Parrack
Supporting actors James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Trevor Neuhoff, Stacey Miller, Brian Goodman, Raymond T. Williams, Boyd Smith, Jacquelyn Deme, Jason Fox, Brian Lally, Cristian Olave, Jocelyn Ayanna, Felicity Bryant, Adrian De Leon, Tony Calle, Richard Funston, Michael Harris, Stephen McCain
Studio Tribeca Film
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

It's just not a compelling story.
Okan
I get that we are going for realism here, but for art or entertainment to work for me, I believe the creator has to give it some form and definition.
Rick R. Reed
Slow, up engaging and self indulgent.
David W Weaver

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joel on October 25, 2013
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The movie gives you the feeling of real moments in time throughout Sals last day. Not like a typical "true story" movie where everything feels fake/changed for whatever effect. It gave me the feeling of what Sal was really like, and made me anxious toward the end to think about his death as a person and not as a star/legend. I thought about the genuine connections he had with friends and people that knew him.
I think it's a good sign for a movie when you wish it didn't have to end, and want to keep traveling along with it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on November 3, 2013
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First off, I would like to commend James Franco
for even making a film about the late great Sal Mineo in the first place.
Most people today, the first thing that comes out of their mouth
when you mention Sal or his work is "Sal Who?"
And then when you mention that he was the young guy who played
Plato in the iconic "Rebel Without A Cause", they go...
"Ahh--Oh Yeah, that guy!" But that's all they know.
That's a damned shame, because Sal Mineo was a great natural actor,
who was basically a prodigy...being 11 years old at the time that he
first debuted on Broadway in 1951, opposite the great Yul Brenner,
in Tennessee William's "The Rose Tattoo".
That's nothing to take lightly, as he was just an angel-faced Italian-American
kid from the Bronx, who was never classically trained to act.
He did a lot of the old live TV dramas of the 1950's, and a few
other juvenile delinquent type movies, before being cast beside
the immortal James Dean and Natalie Wood in "Rebel" in 1955.
He was only 16 then, and he had become forever linked to the
youth culture explosion that was happening by the mid 50's,
right at the dawn of Rock-n-Roll, and which would really blossom
later on, into the 60's.
In addition to his work in "Rebel",Mineo, at the behest of his friend,
James Dean, was given a small part (which was actually bigger,
but was trimmed down considerably) in another now iconic movie
in the James Dean trilogy,"GIANT", which was released
posthumously after Dean's own tragic death.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick R. Reed VINE VOICE on October 29, 2013
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I knew I was in trouble when I began watching this because the camera followed Sal as he did his weight workout at the gym....slowly and excruciatingly. The rest of the movie was like that, with long sequences where virtually nothing happened--Sal driving, Sal drinking milk from the jug, Sal smoking a cigarette, Sal playing with a dog. I get that we are going for realism here, but for art or entertainment to work for me, I believe the creator has to give it some form and definition. Otherwise, it's little better than watching security cam footage, which was very much what this was like. Thumbs down...sorry. Read Sal Mineo: A Biography by Michael Gregg Michaud if you want a riveting portrait of the actor's life and which places it in context for us.
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Not the full Sal bio that I would have wanted to see. The movie is more an exercise in mood and minutia of a guy"s last day alive. It does have a certain resonance if you manage to stay with it til the end, but the going can be rough as the film is slow and shot in constant close-ups. More for an adventurous film goer who is willing to sample Franco's work as a director.
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By JohnnyGNV on April 30, 2014
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I always liked the late actor Sal Mineo and for that reason decided to give this (what appeared to be) Biographical movie a try. That was my first mistake - I have to pay for certain movies with the plan that I subscribe to, and this most certainly was not worth it. It does not offer much insight into Sal Mineo at all, but rather attempts to depict the final day before his untimely death. So what we have offered to us is Sal at the gym at a pointless workout, at a boring stage rehearsal, talking on the phone, and driving in his car. That's pretty much the whole movie and it is tedious to watch and not terribly compelling.
An actor such as Sal Mineo who rose to fame in the mid to late 1950's but unfortunately faded into obscurity by the late 1960's surely deserves a better tribute than this film offers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Speed on February 12, 2014
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Everything about this so called movie was third rate or less, camera work, script, acting. Obviously done on a limited

budget.
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