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‘Sal,’ a James Franco-directed film about gay actor Sal Mineo, on VOD Oct 22; in theaters on Nov. 1

Sal, a film directed by James Franco about the life of gay movie star Sal Mineo, will be available on VOD beginning Oct. 22 and in theaters on Nov. 1.

From a news release:

Sal_Final_TF-pageThe film chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award® 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 after years of public struggles with drugs and alcohol, 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.

Mineo was among the first big Hollywood stars to come out of the closet. He was slain in West Hollywood on Feb. 12, 1976 at the age of 37.

Val Lauren, who stars as Mineo, also played Al Pacino in Franco’s short film, Interior. Leather Bar, which was screened this year at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

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