Synopsis: New Orleans, 1981. Sonny Phillips, just discharged from the Army, returns home where the only life he's known is as a gigolo working for his mother. He wants to leave that behind, but the job his Army buddy promised doesn't materialize, and he can't escape his past.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Nicolas Cage
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Okay, okay, I'm coming, god dammit!


Hey, Mama. Open the door.

My baby, Sonny!

Why didn't you let me know

you was coming?

My papers got processed yesterday.

I caught the first bus I could.

Let me look at you.

-Mama, I got your favorite.

-Why, you haven't changed a bit.

Let's get out of the sun, okay?

Carol, come here right now

and meet my boy.

I want you to meet my new girl.

You're gonna love her to death.

Here, sit yourself down.

I'm so glad you came home.

You've no idea how crazy

things have been here without you.

Old Henry. He don't make

as much money as he used to.

Not that he ever made much anyway.

And naturally,

your poor mama can't work no more.

But Carol, she does pretty good.

Carol, I said get your ass in here right now

and meet my boy!

Like I said, she does pretty good now.

But with you to teach her,

she'll make a fine deal of money.

Mom, please. Just slow down, okay?

Slow down.

Her last old man beat her half to death,

left her in the hospital.

I paid the bill, brought her home.

I knew when I saw her

that she was gonna make a good one.

I said to myself, "Yes, sir...

"she'll make a fine little partner for Sonny

when he gets home.

"These two are gonna make

a lot of money together."

Carol, God damn it! What're you doing

sneaking up on me like that?

Get over here and meet my boy.

Carol Lees, my boy Sonny,

the best there ever was.

I know because I trained him myself.

Glad to meet you.

Heard a great deal about you.

Mama talks a lot more than she should.

Come into the kitchen.

I'll fix you something to eat.

Now you go get ready.

You've got a 10:
30 date with Troy.

And don't let him have

no more half-and-half for $100.

He either pays $200 or he gets it straight.

Same as everybody else.

Damn stupid girl.

She'd give it away

if I didn't stay on top of her all the time.

How do you like Carol?

-She's a nice girl.

-She's a moneymaker, too.

You teach her a few things,

she's gonna be the best around here.

I'll get your nice, white suit

cleaned and pressed.

You'll be right back where you was

before you left.

I'm not gonna do that kind of work anymore.

What you talking about?

There's this guy I know.

His father owns a bookstore in Texas City...

and I was thinking about

going there for a job.

You only just got home. You're thinking

about leaving again already?

I'll send you money.

Selling books? You?

What the hell you know about books?

You ain't never read nothing.

Mama, those days are over.

-I'm too old for that now.


You're better-looking than you ever was.

You ain't aged a day

since you've been away.

I gave you the best training there was

since you was a boy.

You want to throw all that away

when you're in the prime of your life?

I won't hear of it.

I'm 26 years old.

I don't want to screw all night anymore.

I don't have the stomach for it.

I gave up my best years

so you could have everything you needed.

You listen to your mama.

You could work for your dates.

People still talk about you.

You can make three times the money

you used to, for the same amount of time.

And if you work doubles with Carol,

you're gonna make $5,000 a week, easy.

Mama, I'm going down

to get that job in Texas City, all right?

So just get used to the idea.

I'm sorry, Mama. It's just....

I learned there's more to life

than hustling tricks.

I wanna find something to do

so I don't end up....

End up like what?

So you don't have to end up like me?

Is that what you're trying to say?

I'm sorry, Mama.

You ungrateful son of a b*tch!

Go ahead! You go try be a square.

But they don't want you either.

You think you're the first one

who's ever tried to quit?

Oh, man.

Finish it, damn you. Finish it!

I want the Pontiac, Troy.

That's a $5,000 automobile, darling.

I want it for a month

till Sonny can buy one for himself.

Just finish it.

And then, we'll talk about it, all right?

You're not listening.

I said I want the Pontiac, Troy.

All right. Just finish it.

One of my tricks decided to let you

use his car until you get on your feet.

There's $100, too.

You need some clothes.

I know this used to be your room,

so I'll move out if you don't want me here.

No, you can stay.

You still need some money

until you can earn some.

You want any help?

Do I have to f*** for it?


There's $100 and a new car outside.

I don't think I got it all paid for yet.

It's funny. I've never paid for it before.

It's crazy like this.

Come on, Sonny. Now, baby.


You said you wanted to get

what you paid for.

I'm telling you what I want.

I'm afraid your time is up.

But we haven't done anything yet.

A conversation is all you get from me

for $100.

Now I know why your mother calls you

a natural-born whore.

That's not the reason.

Oh, God.

I'll be gentle.


Old thieves never die. They just never die.

Damn, boy, where do you get off

joining the Army and being gone so long?

Just trying to get away from Mama

for a while.

Which is more than I can say

you've ever been able to do.

Old Jewel would go out of her mind

if she didn't have me to look after her.

Making any money?

I pay my rent and have a drink

now and then. I don't need much.

That little gal in there any good?

What do you mean? She's been living

here three months and you don't know?

I don't lie, boy.

Your mama would feed me to the chickens...

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