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Sal (2013)

Sal (2013)




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James Franco's Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award (R) nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been - but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco's intimate portrait finds the human details in a larger-than-life Hollywood story. (c) Tribeca

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Val Lauren
as Sal Mineo
Jim Parrack
as Keir Dullea
James Franco
as Milton Katsolas
Brian Goodman
as Detective Tankersely
Eva Lauren
as Nurse #3
Vince Jolivette
as Billy Bolasco
Trevor Neuhoff
as Michael Mason
Stacey Miller
as Nancy Barr
Christian Olave
as Ray Evans
Ed Ghamem
as Store Clerk
Jason Fox
as Steven Gustaggson
Felicity Bryant
as Monica Morrem
Brian Lally
as Detective Pia
Robin Cohen
as Marsha DiSessa
Adam Peek
as Waiter
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

All we do is wait through uneventful hours with the protagonist until their foreordained death comes as a kind of finale and release.

November 1, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite its modest proportions and chilling finale, Sal is foremost an affectionate tribute, conjuring ample warmth out of relatively little.

October 31, 2013 | Rating: B-

As always, Franco demonstrates a talent for and interest in composition, performance, and the naked human moment.

October 29, 2013 | Full Review…

[S]cene after scene plays out as if Franco has watched one too many Gus Van Sant movies and figured that's how you make an Important Movie.

December 26, 2013 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

James Franco's lovingly crafted, if minimalistic, cinematic ode to Sal Mineo - the actor most famous for his Oscar-nominated role opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" - succeeds due in large part to Val Lauren's thoughtful portrayal.

November 10, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Franco's visual sense and skill with atmosphere are strongly evident here, but, unfortunately, not enough happens in the movie.

October 31, 2013 | Full Review…

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