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My pal Sal: James Franco (l) directs Val Lauren (as Sal Mineo) in Sal.
My pal Sal: James Franco (l) directs Val Lauren (as Sal Mineo) in Sal.

James Franco directs a movie about out actor Sal Mineo’s last day of life

James Franco’s Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (played by 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 was no longer the marquee sensation he had once been, but he had become open about his homosexuality and was finding his way to becoming the actor and director he had always wanted to be.

In 1976, after rehearsing for his role in a stage production of P.S. Your Cat Is Dead with costar Keir Dullea, Mineo was murdered in the alley of his apartment complex. Lionel Ray Williams, the stranger who stabbed Mineo to death, was not convicted until 1979; he was sentenced to life in prison.

Sal is available through December 17, 2013, to rent on cable VOD and iTunes. After December 17, it becomes available to download to own on iTunes. —Troy Carrington

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