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Sonny Boy (1989)

A small-town crime boss accepts delivery of a stolen car, only to find there's a baby in the back-seat. He and his transgender wife cut out the boy's tongue and raise him as a mute ... See full summary »

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Graeme Whifler (original screenplay), Peter Desberg (additional dialogue) (as Peter Desberg Ph.D.)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Pearl
Paul L. Smith ... Slue
Brad Dourif ... Weasel
Conrad Janis ... Doc Bender
Sydney Lassick ... Charlie P.
Savina Gersak Savina Gersak ... Sandy
Alexandra Powers ... Rose
Michael Boston ... Sonny Boy (as Michael Griffin)
Steve Carlisle ... Sheriff
Steve Ingrassia ... Deputy
Stephen Lee Davis Stephen Lee Davis ... Bart
Robert Broyles Robert Broyles ... Mayor
Jeff Bergquist ... Father Owen
Dalene Young Dalene Young ... Doc Wallace
Christopher Bradley ... Husband
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Storyline

A small-town crime boss accepts delivery of a stolen car, only to find there's a baby in the back-seat. He and his transgender wife cut out the boy's tongue and raise him as a mute accomplice in their crimes. When the grown "Sonny Boy" escapes and tries to make contact with the outside world, the attention he draws to his warped family results in darkly-humored mayhem. Written by <kinkajou@interserv.com>

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il dono del silenzio See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally the character of Sonny Boy was written to be a disfigured monster, but director Robert Martin Carroll felt the story would be more tragic if the character were an attractive young man. See more »

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The UK Entertainment in Video VHS runs 6 minutes longer than the U.S. VHS from Media/CBS FOX. See more »

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Weird and kind of wonderful
7 April 2005 | by Mr. MajestykSee all my reviews

When I read Leonard Maltin's review of this film (which I'd never heard of), I was instantly intrigued. After all, who doesn't want to see a film starring Brad Douriff, David Carradine, and the guy who played Bluto in Popeye which, according to Maltin, "was filmed for no apparent reason but to offend and appall?" When I finally tracked it down via a bootleg site years later, I was expecting an unredeemable gorefest, but instead, I got a quirky, sensitive, sorta moving flick about child abuse...kind of. I mean, it ain't The English Patient--it's got a deputy getting exploderated at point blank range with a Howitzer and a cigar-chomping David Carradine in full drag (one of his best performances, by the way. Utterly believable--and he even sings the theme song!), but it works more as a drama than an exploitation flick. Some budgetary constraints show, particularly in a mostly offscreen Frankensteinish angry mob scene, but I wasn't disappointed, despite the fact that I was expecting a horror gore comedy and got an offbeat indie dramedy. Someday, this truly unique flick will be a cult classic. Watch it now and say you saw it first. (By the way, I got my copy at Nightcrew Video, a great bootleg site.)


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