28 user 26 critic

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 »


Graeme Whifler (original screenplay), Peter Desberg (additional dialogue) (as Peter Desberg Ph.D.)


Learn more

More Like This 

Sonny Boy (2011)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Forbidden love.

Director: Maria Peters
Stars: Ricky Koole, Sergio Hasselbaink, Angelo Arnhem
Body Parts (1991)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After losing his arm in a car accident, a criminal psychologist has it replaced with a limb that belonged to a serial killer.

Director: Eric Red
Stars: Jeff Fahey, Lindsay Duncan, Kim Delaney
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Alister Williamson, Christopher Lee
Next of Kin (1982)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams
Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in with a beautiful female ghost.

Directors: Sergio Corbucci, Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margrete Robsahm
Warning Sign (1985)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A woman working as a security guard in an agricultural research facility finds herself and her co-worker Schmidt fighting to survive against their former friends.

Director: Hal Barwood
Stars: Sam Waterston, Kathleen Quinlan, Yaphet Kotto
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A kid is hypnotized by a scientist to kill his parents and ends in a mental institution. As a grown up he returns to seek revenge over the scientist.

Director: David Blyth
Stars: Michael Hurst, Margaret Umbers, William Upjohn
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: GG Allin, Merle Allin, Shireen Kadivar
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Director: Harry Kümel
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet
Cut and Run (1985)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A reporter and her cameraman connect a surviving Jonestown leader and a TV exec's missing son to a drug war where jungle installations are being massacred by an army of natives and a skilled white assassin.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: Lisa Blount, Leonard Mann, Willie Aames
Certificate: GP Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath
Eating Raoul (1982)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A relatively boring Los Angeles couple discovers a bizarre, if not murderous, way to get funding for opening a restaurant.

Director: Paul Bartel
Stars: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran


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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Action | Drama | Thriller


R | See all certifications »



USA | Italy



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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (video)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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 »

Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in David on 'Death Race' (2010) See more »


Maybe It Ain't
Written and Performed by David Carradine
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

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.)

10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed