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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 (10) | Top Critics (4)

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-

It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable.

October 30, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

October 29, 2013

By focusing on one day in Sal Mineo's life, Sal feels more intimate than other biopics. The strong lead performance of Val Lauren as Sal Mineo provides a fascinating glimpse into the life...

December 8, 2020 | Full Review…

While the subject is intriguing, Franco's amateurish rendering would make a marvelous film school project, one that's neither compelling nor as provocative as it thinks it is.

August 29, 2019 | Full Review…

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